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Luise Penner passed away Nov. 2, 1998.

She was born Nov. 17, 1913 to Gerhard and Katharina Wiens in Alexandrovsk, Ukraine.

In July 1923 the family immigrated to Canada, settling on the Sheldon Farm near Hanley, Sask.

In 1933 she was baptized, joining the Mennonite church in Saskatoon. She attended Normal School and became a teacher in Gouldtown.

She married Cornelius Penner Aug. 14, 1938 in Saskatoon. In the late 1940s, they moved to Yarrow, B.C. In 1954 they joined Grace EMB Church, Abbotsford, B.C., where Luise worked with children.

She was a keen observer of nature and found beauty in everything. They travelled to many countries, including 4 trips to South America, where Cornelius provided consultation to food processors.

Luise was an avid reader. She liked arranging flowers, looking after children and cooking. She never neglected Bible reading in English and in German.

They moved to Abbotsford in 1978. Cornelius suffered a stroke in July 1988 and moved to Worthington Pavilion.

Predeceased by a sister and a brother, she is mourned by Cornelius; children Rita Whitely, Henry, Anita Wahl, Alice Gro, Elaine Klassen, Kim Dueck, Louis, and Dennis; and 15 grandchildren.

The funeral was Nov. 5 in Grace EMB Church, with Dwain Holsapple and Lyle Wahl ministering.


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