Lisa Marie (nee Harms) Panchella

  • Born: November 12, 1981
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania

Cavanagh Family Funeral Home

301 Chester Pike
Norwood, PA 19074

Tel. (610) 532-3120

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lisa Marie Panchella
On January 15, 2020
Beloved wife of Thomas P. Panchella, and loving mother of their son, Brayden . She is also survived by her parents, Michael and Lucy Harms, her sister, Sandra (Michael) Robinson, brother, Daniel (Christy) Harms, niece Eloise Robinson and grandmother Joan Dailey. Also survived by Thomas and Evelyn Panchella.
Lisa grew up in Drexel Hill, graduated from Upper Darby High School (1999) Albright College (BS Biology 2003), and Drexel University School of Medicine (MLAS 2005)
On August 21, 2004, Lisa met and fell in love with her adoring husband of 11 1/2 years. On September 15, 2012, Lisa's dream came true when she gave birth to their only child, Brayden.
Through the years Lisa worked at UPenn, Temple, and The Wistar Institute. She was a member of the Delaware Valley Branch of AALAS.
Lisa led a colorful life surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends, and touched the hearts of everyone she met along the way. She had a gigantic smile that could light up a room, a fun and witty sense of humor, along with the most loving and caring attitude that was unparalleled. These are just few of the many attributes that she possessed. Lisa loved life to the fullest and enjoyed doing any and every activity. As long as the people she loved were there and happy, so was she, which spoke volumes for just how unselfish and easy going her personality was. There honestly is not enough time and paper in the world to describe this beautiful young woman and I'm sure anyone who has ever met her would agree. She was a dedicated Wife, Mother, Daughter, Friend and so on, and the world will be a much colder place now that she is gone. Lisa was only 38 years young.

Family and friends are invited to her visitation on Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074. Lisa will be laid to rest the following morning at SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, 1600 S Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA 19064 at 11am. Close Family and Friends are invited to attend. Meet directly at the Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations in Lisa's memory may be made to: Providence Animal Shelter, 55 Sandy Bank Road, Media PA 19063, Lisa's place of employment; The Wistar Institute 3601 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, or a charity of your choice.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

We are so sorry for your great loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers❤

Posted by Kimberly Atkins - Springfield, PA - Neighbor   January 26, 2020

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Lisa was the beautiful little girl who played in our backyard and brought joy to our family. She will always have a place in our hearts.
The Dale Family

Posted by Mary Dale - Drexel Hill, PA - Friend   January 22, 2020

Lisa was the most incredible person. She was an amazing mom, a dedicated wife, and a wonderful friend. She fought an incredible fight. My heart is broken. Rest easy my sweet friend. May your memory forever be a blessing to everyone that loved you!

Posted by Sheera Gaskin - Cherry Hill, NJ - Friend   January 22, 2020

I'm so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful and kind hearted soul.

Posted by Raina Rigoli - Devon, PA - Acquaintance   January 22, 2020

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To The Panchella Family,
My deepest and sincere condolences and sympathies to you all at this most difficult time of grief, sorrow and mourning.May the almighty Lord rest Lisa's soul in eternal peace.May the Lord provide you peace, comfort and encouragement at this time.My prayers are with you at this difficult time.The Lord blessed Lisa with 38 good years.
God bless you all.

Posted by Francis Karani - Newark, DE - Coworker   January 22, 2020

I loved Lisa for always being genuine and authentic. Being her friend meant laughing together, talking without judgement, having fun, being your true self, crying together, complete support, understanding facial expressions when words wouldn't work, creating memories that others would never understand or appreciate, dancing, understanding, witnessing a contagious smile and love. I will miss her every day.

Posted by Carrie Kane - Friend   January 22, 2020

Lisa, my friend and colleague. I was lucky enough to see her grow and excel in her field. She gave much of herself and stayed humble in spite of all of her accomplishments. She will be very much missed.

Posted by Deyanira Santiago - NJ - Friend   January 22, 2020

Mike, I am so sorry for this unimaginable loss.

Posted by John Carullo - Media, PA - Friend   January 21, 2020

Lisa was a bright light with an infectious laugh and a heart to match. As so many of the other entries have alluded to, Lisa was a lighthouse in her many roles, personally and professionally. I miss her most on Friday afternoons. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.

Posted by Emily Depasse - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   January 21, 2020

I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Lisa and UPenn; she was a fantastic co-worker and, more importantly, a wonderful person. Lisa was always so kind, positive, and a great person to be around. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Bethany O'Brien - Newtown, PA - Coworker   January 21, 2020

Lisa was a wonderful colleague and her positive attitude and smile will be sorely missed. Please accept the most sincere condolences from everyone at the Wistar Institute BRS Core.

Posted by Livio Azzoni - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   January 21, 2020

Lisa was a dear friend to me throughout our high school and early college years. I will never forget her laugh, her smile and the way that she always lit up a room just by being in it. My heart is broken for her family and close friends, who are assuredly devastated. She is woven into some of my most treasured memories and I will always cherish and remember her with love and admiration for the person she was and the goodness she gave to all those she touched in her life. My sincerest and deepest sympathies to Lisa's family and close friends.

Posted by Noelle (Anderson) McConnell - Downingtown, PA - Friend   January 21, 2020

Mike and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope good and loving memories can help to ease your pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bill Turner

Posted by Bill Turner - Mt Holly, NJ - Friend   January 21, 2020

Mike, so sorry to learn of your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Posted by Rick Ames - philadelphia, PA - Friend   January 20, 2020

Lisa and I attended Albright together. We lived only a few doors from each other during our sophomore year in Smith Hall. Lisa was wonderful and She will be surely missed by all we knew her. My condolences to her family and friends.

Posted by Shawn Calkins - Plymouth, PA - Classmate   January 20, 2020

Lisa was not only a coworker, but a dear friend and a huge inspiration. In my career, I have followed her footsteps closely and will continue to make her proud as I continue my education and growth. I speak for many when I say Lisa's impact will never be forgotten. I can never thank her enough for all she has personally and professional done for me Rest In Peace, Lisa. Until we meet again ❤ Sending condolences to all her family, who she loved very much.

Posted by Rebecca Swan - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   January 20, 2020

Tom, Braden, Harms family and Panchella family. I am so sorry for your loss. We will forever miss Lisa as she was amazing. There will always be a special place in our hearts for her. Lisa was the best version of what every person should be like and she is truly irreplaceable. My heart is breaking for all of you. Denise (friend and co-worker)

Posted by Denise DiFrancesco - Philadelphia, PA - Coworker   January 20, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Panchella and Harms families. Lisa was such a wonderful friend to our daughter, Suzanne and I know she will be remembered fondly and missed greatly. What a wonderful young woman! Love to all of the family.

Posted by Susan and Jerry Pohlig - Williamsport, PA - Friend   January 20, 2020

Lisa was a wonderful young lady and will be missed by many.

Posted by Tyrone Robinson - Richboro, PA - Acquaintance   January 20, 2020

Michael, my heart goes out to you, and your entire family. Those of us who are left behind feel the void of the loving ones who move on.

My love to you,

Michael Quinn

Posted by Michael Quinn - Coatesville, PA   January 19, 2020

My heart is aching from this loss. You were the best friend to me while I lived next door at the Dale's. We shared the best of times all playing together. I will never forget your smile and kindness while listening to all of my stories. You were one of the best persons I'd ever known. I love you Lisa. God bless your whole family. We surely will forever miss you.

Posted by Rosalee Schaefer - Aston, PA - Family Friend   January 19, 2020

To Tom, Brayden and the entire Harms and Panchella families,
Please know how much you are being thought of and prayed for at this time of great sorrow. May your sweet memories bring you comfort now and forever.

Posted by Anne Jenemann - Drexel Hill, PA - Family Friend   January 19, 2020


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I loved Lisa for always being genuine and authentic. Being her friend meant laughing together, talking without judgement, having fun, being your true self, crying together, complete support, understanding facial expressions when words wouldn’t work, creating memories that others would never understand or appreciate, dancing, understanding, witnessing a contagious smile and love. I will miss her every day.

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Brayden's first visit to U Penn
Lisa was the most incredible person. She was an amazing mom, a dedicated wife, and a wonderful friend. She fought an incredible fight. My heart is broken. Rest easy my sweet friend. May your memory forever be a blessing to everyone that loved you!