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Reverend John H. Paninski, M.S., 85, a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette, 85 New Park Avenue, Hartford, Conn., died Monday, July 31, 2017, at St. Mary Home in West Hartford, Conn.
He was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Syracuse, N.Y., son of the late John and Sophia (Podgorski) Paninski. He attended grammar and high school in Syracuse, and attended St. Mary College in Michigan.
He entered the La Salette Novitiate in Olivet, Ill., on June 20, 1957. He made his first profession of vows on June 21, 1958, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1961, at St. Raymond Cathedral in Joliet, Ill.
Father's first assignment was as Associate Pastor at St. John's Parish in Red Lake, Ontario. From there, he went on to become Prefect of Discipline and teacher at the Apostolic School in Olivet, Ill. In 1965, he ministered at La Salette Milwaukee House in Wisconsin. Father Paninski was then sent to the newly purchased property at Twin Lakes, Wis., where he established the groundwork for the new residence until the arrival of the first administration.
Father returned to Olivet and continued his ministry as a part-time chaplain in the VA hospital in Danville, Ill., until his appointment as chaplain of the VA Hospital in Tomah, Wis. In 1971, he returned as full-time chaplain at the VA hospital in Danville and ministered there until he became the pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Georgetown, Ill., in 1986. This was the first parish established by the Missionaries of La Salette in the Olivet, Ill., area. After serving as pastor for 27 years, Father Paninski was assigned to Hartford House in Hartford, Conn.
Father Paninski very generously spent himself in caring for the sick. His ministry required great compassion, much understanding and patience. His vocation touched not only the sick, but also those who sought him for counseling and spiritual direction in the parishes where he served.
In addition to his La Salette confreres, Father John Paninski, M.S. is survived by his brother Andrew Paninski and his niece Joanne Wood, both of Syracuse, N.Y., as well as many friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Rozyczko.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be concelebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at La Salette Chapel at Hartford House on 85 New Park Avenue. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Salisbury Road, Syracuse, N.Y. Calling hours prior to the Funeral Mass will be at Hartford House from 10:30-11 a.m.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette Retirement Fund, 915 Maple Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114-2330.
Published on August 1, 2017
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