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Kaye Penner

May 11, 2019

Winona Kaye (Friesen) Penner died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Newton Medical Center. She was born October 22, 1940, at Sutton, Nebraska, to Fred and Tena (Janzen) Friesen.


She married Virgil Penner on September 10, 1961 at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Nebraska. Kaye was a graduate of Bethel College and Wichita State University. She worked as an R.N. at Bethel Deaconess Hospital and as a professor of nursing at Bethel College.


She is survived by her husband, Virgil; daughter, Sondra (Tony) Otto; son, Tom (Paige): and grandchildren, Jon (Natalie) Otto; Sarah Otto; Ryan Penner; and Mara Penner. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 9 p.m. with the family receving friends from  6 to 8 pm Tuesday (May 14, 2019) at Peterson’s Family Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St, Newton. Burial will be at Grace Hill Mennonite Church Cemetery at 9:30 Wednesday (May 15, 2019). A memorial service will be held at Grace Hill Mennonite Church at10:30 am Wednesday (May 15, 2019).


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Bethel College or Kidron Bethel Village.

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2 thoughts on “Kaye Penner

  1. Virg and family, so sorry to hear of Kaye’s passing. Have such good memories of years gone by Please except our deepest sympathy

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