In Loving Memory

Martha Penner

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October 17th, 1923 - March 30th, 2012


Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012   10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Charter Funerals,
501 West 6th Avenue,
Kansas 66801


Wednesday, April 4th, 2012   12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

First Mennonite Church,
429 East First Street,
Kansas 67114


Wednesday, April 4th, 2012   2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

First Mennonite Church,
429 East First Street,
Kansas 67114


Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Greenwood Cemetery,
1100 W 1st St,
KS 67114


Martha Penner, 88, of Emporia, Kansas passed away on March 30, 2012 at Presbyterian Manor in Emporia, Kansas. She was born October 17, 1923 in Marion County, Kansas to C.C. and Agnes (Goertz) Koehn. She married Victor W. Penner on October 23, 1944 in Newton, KS. He preceded her in death on December 16, 1967.

She was a member of the First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas, Mud Hands Ceramic Club and the Knitting Guild.

Survivors include, daughters, Susie Davis (Ron) of Emporia, Kansas, Dorothy Shipman (Gale) of Marion, Kansas, and Dianna Brenn (Steven) of Parsons, Kansas; brothers Frank Koehn of Newton, Kansas, Irwin Koehn of Blaine, Washington; sister, Nellie Esau of Goessel, Kansas, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sons, Victor W. Penner, Richard R. Penner; brothers, Jacob Koehn, Cornie Koehn, John Koehn, George Koehn, Edward Koehn; and sister, Margaret Revell.

Service will be at the First Mennonite Church, 429 E. 1st Street, Newton, Kansas on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Anita Kehr officiating. The family will great friends from 12 noon until service time at the church in Newton. Emporia friends may view on Tuesday, at Charter Funerals from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.

Memorials to Hand In Hand Hospice may be sent in care of Charter Funerals, 501 West 6th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801.

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  • Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    It is such a comfort to know that their mind is whole again and that this terrible disease did not take her spirit and your memories. May you have the moments to smile and reflect on the times when her mind was whole and she was the mother who loved you.

    Jannette Luthi, Independence Kansas

  • Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012 at 4:04 AM

    Just wanted you sisters to know how much the memories you have will
    help heal your broken heart - Treasure every detail of your thoughts and
    know you will see her again. . .believers are blessed, you know.

    Sherry Bowin, McCune, KS

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