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Valetta Stroble

January 4, 2015

Following a courageous battle with cancer Valetta Stroble went on to be with the Lord January 4th 2015. She was surrounded by her 5 children at her passing.


King Soloman observed, “To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1).


The Bible says there is a time to be born, and for little Valetta Penka that time came March 9, 1934 in Larned Kansas. Valetta was born to John and Mary Penka.


The Bible also says there is a time to love, and for beautiful Valetta Penka that time came 1954 when she was married at the age of 20 to the love of her life, Bob Stroble. To this happy union were born five children:  two daughters, Jan Plummer of Newton Kansas and Julie Taylor of Joplin Missouri, and 3 sons John Stroble of Edmond Oklahoma, Bob Stroble of Manhattan Kansas and Wade Stroble of Newton Kansas.


The bible also says there is a time to plant and a time to sew. Bob and Valetta moved to Newton Kansas in 1965 and raised their 5 children. Valetta was a long time employee of Dillon’s Market and a keeper of home.


The bible says there is a time to weep and a time to mourn. Valetta’s husband Bob passed away 6 years ago and her brother Norman Penka preceded her in death, but her family continued to grow. The Bible says, “He has made everything beautiful in it’s time” and for Valetta that time was having 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. She loved being around all of the babies, she said “they made her feel young.”


Valetta leaves two sisters, Cleta Jackson of Wichita Kansas and Jo Penka of Wichita Kansas and two brothers Al Penka in Lancaster California and Don Penka of Great Bend Kansas.

The Bible also says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV). So we rejoice for this is a gift of God.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 6, 2015 from 5-9 p.m. with family present from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday January 7, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. with burial immediately following at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Newton, Kansas. Memorial suggestion Good Shepherd Hospice. www.Petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com

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11 thoughts on “Valetta Stroble

  1. Julie and family, how proud you must be of the wonderful woman that you called Mother. I know she was so proud of her family and the love for them always shined in her eyes. What a blessing to know that she and your father are once again united. With our deepest sympathy, Bob and Cherie

  2. Julie Taylor and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sorry for your loss on this side of heaven. Appears your mother was an amazing woman of faith. Times like now make us long for our forever home.

    With deepest sympathies
    Jeremy and Krista Butler

  3. Julie, I will be praying for you and your family. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, close to His heart as he gathers your tears.

  4. Julie, Kent and family, we are so sorry for your loss and pray for strength and peace in the coming days. We also rejoice with you knowing that your Mom is now in the presence of our Lord and that you will see her again.

  5. Julie and family,
    Wow…love how her life was portrayed in accordance with God’s Word. Loved reading it and reflecting on God’s plan for her life and also directing us to God’s Word for our own lives. Yes,“To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We are praying for all who loved her and will miss her! Love you especially dear sweet Julie!

  6. •We were deeply saddened by the news of Valetta’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family.

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