Niagara Gazette — Jim Pane’s wife, Elizabeth, said that many people at the restaurant, both diners and employees, have been sharing memories of its co-founder for the past several days, from her kindness and compassion to her work ethic.
“She was part of the community for such a long time,” she said. “Sometimes people work in the community, but she was part of it. Always cooking, cooking was the big thing. It wasn’t just in the restaurant. She did a lot with the church, helped with charitable organizations, and she volunteered in what ways she could.”
Jim Pane said that his mother was very proud of the restaurant, which has grown from that small tavern to a landmark capable of seating 350 guests and hosting banquets and parties.
“She was a terrific mother; she was always doing something for someone else, for her family, for her business,” he said. “She was very proud of the restaurant, how things have been going well for us, how we have the support of community. She loved to drive by and see the restaurant. It was kind of her connection to my father, after he passed.”
Calling hours will be noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Brunner Funeral Home, 156 Robinson St., North Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church.