KEYPORT, NJ - A family and community is in mourning. Community leader and Board of Education President Ann Marie Panzarelli succumbed after battling COVID-19 since mid-february. Panzarelli was 50 years old.
According to an earlier report in the Asbury Park Press, Panzarelli checked into Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank Feb. 15. According to her son, Vincent Panzarelli, she experienced a fever, cough, body aches and the loss of taste and smell last month. Within a day, she was put on a ventilator.
Keyport Mayor Collette Kennedy published a statement about Panzarelli’s passing on social media Sunday afternoon.
“In honor of her role as president of the Keyport board of education, as well as her dedication to many local organizations, including the Keyport Indians, as a way to show support to her family and community during this difficult time, you may want to consider turning your porch light to red or tie a red ribbon on a tree in your yard,” the statement read. “Red represents the Keyport school district color as well as the Keyport Indians (youth football). Both are places Mrs. Panzarelli dedicated countless hours of her time and we as a community as a whole are better because of all that she did.”
A GoFundMe page is open for folks wishing to assist the family during this time. Surviving are her husband and three children.
On Saturday, Holly Ramsey (A colleague) posted an update to the GoFundMe page.
“Sadly on March 13th, 2021, Ann lost her battle to COVID-19,” Ramsey wrote. “Ann leaves behind her husband and three beautiful children. She was loved by all who knew her, and our community is devastated to have lost her. At first, this fundraiser was created to help her fight COVID, but now it will be used for her funeral expenses. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far.”
Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.