OBITUARY: Kathryn Penner

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Kathryn (Bachman) Penner passed away Saturday, Dec. 30, 2023, at the age of 96 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas.

Kathryn was born Nov. 10, 1927, to Ernest and Prisca Bachman. She married Don Penner on Dec. 9, 1949. Church activities played a significant role for Kathryn throughout her life. She enjoyed traveling with Don. She loved quilting and made quilts for her children and grandchildren, as well as quilts for the MCC Sale with a group of dear friends. During her employment years, she worked at Meadowlark Homestead, Western District Conference Offices in the Mennonite Church, and Prairie View. Her life was so enriched by her numerous friendships and close family members.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Don; her parents, Ernest and Prisca Bachman; brother, Dale and sister-in-law Elda (Wiens); sister, Florene and brother-in-law Kenneth Wiens; sister, Elaine Goertzen; brother, Donovan and sister-in-law Helen (Goertzen); and brother-in-law, Joe Penner and sister-in-law Florene (Riesen).

She is survived by her son, Gary (Lisa), grandson, Jason Scarff (Mandy), grandson, Daniel (Danielle), and great-granddaughter, Aubrey; daughter, Jeanne Schmidt (Ralph), granddaughter, Renae Peters (Jason), and great-granddaughters, Myra and Celia; grandson, Jason (Carol), great-granddaughter, Greta, and great-grandson, Ethan; granddaughter, Jill Schmidt (Ben Gerig), and great-grandson Jude; daughter, Cathy Penner (Greg Bartel), grandson, Creigh (Gaelle), and grandson, Landon (Erin); sister-in-law, Carol Claassen (Olin); brother-in-law, Irvin Goertzen; and numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Memorials have been designated for Mennonite Central Committee and First Mennonite Church Newton, in care of Peterson Funeral Home, 215 N. Main, Newton, KS, 67114.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at First Mennonite Church in Newton Kansas, with her remains interred in Greenwood Cemetery.

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