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Annabel C. Penner

August 21, 2018

Annabel C. Penner 88, died Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Newton Medical Center. She was born July 12, 1930 in Rural McPherson County Kansas to Frank W. and Mary (Becker) Holdeman. 


On August 31, 1970 she married Lawrence L. Strother at Wichita and he preceded her in death she later married John F. Penner on September 1, 2001 and he also precedes her in death.


Annabel was raised in the Meridian Mennonite Church Rural Hesston, KS and attended Immanuel Baptist Church in Newton.


She was the former owner of the Village Motel in Hesston and also worked at the former Newton K-Mart.  She enjoyed reading and had a passion for knitting.  She knitted many different kinds of clothing including sweaters, gloves and afghans that her family and friends treasure dearly. She had a love of family and greatly looked forward to spending time with her loving family and many friends.


Annabel is survived by her daughter Gretchen (Rick) Phillips of Dothan, AL; brother Ordo Holdeman of Versailles, MO; 2 sisters Gladys Wiens of Moundridge, KS and Elaine Holdeman of Hesston, KS; two grandchildren Caitlin and Justin Gallops.


She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands, sister Deloris Holdeman and grandson Matthew Ryan Gallops


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday August 24, 2018 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with  Minister Shawn Giesel presiding.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Graveside Committal Service will be in the Meridian Mennonite Church Cemetery Rural Hesston, KS with Pastor Mike Ronan officiating. 


Memorials are suggested to Kansas Christian Home in care of Petersen Funeral Home.



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2 thoughts on “Annabel C. Penner

  1. To Annabelle’s family…I would like to extend my sympathy. I remember Annabelle cooking at the Meadowlark School when I was a little girl. Wishing you God’s nearness and comfort at this time.
    Marlis (Holdeman) Barkman

  2. We were so saddened to hear about Anabel’s death! Our love and support are going out to her family and friends! Just hope you know that your Mom will be watching over you from above and live on in your memories!!

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