Known to his loving family and friends as “Buzz,” Bernard Panella ’56 was born in San Jose to Mary and Frank Panella. He graduated from Bellermine High School and earned a degree in finance from SCU. He married Ann (No. 1) LeBaron and together they had four children. Buzz started early in his grandfather’s trucking company, B. Panella Drayage, founded in 1912, loading pallets of fruits and vegetables that traveled throughout the state, eventually assuming control of the business from his father. He moved the business from San Jose to Ceres, California, and settled in Turlock, California. He brought his two sons into the business in the 70s and the family relocated to the Central Valley. Bernard died on April 18, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ann (No. 2), sons Matthew (Maliece) and William (Sandy), daughters Marybeth and Lisa Sereni (David), stepsons Jeffrey Stone (Taren) and Christopher Stone (Jane), eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

08 Nov 2018