PENNER, Catharina (Katie)


October 19, 1919

- November 11, 2010

PENNER, Catharina (Katie) was the third child of fifteen, born to Lawrence and Barbara Richter in Rasdat, Saskatchewan on October 19, 1919. Her family farmed in the area barely surviving in the depression years of the 1930's. Catharina attended the one-room country school near Rasdat and though she had dreamed of continuing school to become a teacher, help was needed at home and she helped with the younger children, gardening and butchering and working for neighbours and relatives that needed help. In July of 1942, Catharina arrived in Acme via bus for a cost of $6.75 and was employed by the Dan Witwers – stooking all their crops and helping to haul grain for combining. When harvest was over she did cleaning for a number of different people in Acme and area. It was then that Catharina began attending the Mennonite Brethren Church and first learned about the love of Christ and salvation by faith only. On October 14, 1945 she claimed that for herself and then attended Coaldale Bible School for the next two falls. In the next years a romance was beginning with Abraham Penner and they were married on March 29- Easter Monday of 1948 –this, after an earlier postponement because of a lengthy and severe winter storm that continued to be described in detail for years to come. Perhaps that was the beginning of Katie's fear of winter weather, but also the beginning of a happy married life together. The following December Catharina and her groom moved into the new home they built on the Harley King homestead, where they farmed for the next thirty plus years. Katie always had a huge garden and handled all of the milking and chores during the busy seasons. The chickens were her business and there are many memories surrounding her management of the butchering to the freezing and sale of those huge milk-fed roasting birds. Baking was something Catharina loved to do - from fresh bread and buns to doughnuts and other delicacies. There were many meals when the table was full with extra cousins and farm workers and she had food for all. Catharina carefully chronicled the weather and farming activities through all of her farming years and even up to her final year, leaving volumes of history and memories to her surviving family. She and Abe continued to be involved in the M.B. Church and served as deacons for many years. As the four children arrived, she also cheerfully drove them to music lessons, Sunday School and clubs, and because of her dedication, prayer and example all of the children came to faith. When the children returned to the Acme-Linden area after their education and marriages, Catharina was so pleased and many meals and good times were spent around her table with children and grandchildren. Katie loved visiting and meeting with friends. After some coaxing, she was able to convince Abe to move to the home they had purchased in Linden, and let their son, Victor, move to the family farm. Though her husband continued daily trips to the farm, Catharina settled in nicely to her life in town. Friends to coffee with and play games with, the Country Cousins restaurant and visits from grandchildren made her time in town happy. In November of 1994 after Abe passed away following some brief health concerns, Katie continued living in her home until she willingly moved to the Linden Lodge in 2002. She loved playing cards with the residents there, watching her TV shows and appreciated the wonderful meals and care that she received at the lodge. As her mobility and health began to fail, limiting some of her activities, she spent even more time reading the scriptures and praying for her family. Catharina celebrated her 91st birthday, and less than a week later, on October 25, she entered the Three Hills hospital, passing away peacefully into the presence of God on Thursday morning, November 11. Now her desire to see Jesus is realized. Catharina was predeceased by her parents, her husband Abe, and her sisters, Elizabeth Seiler, Angeline Seiler, Mary Yewchuck, and brothers, John, Adam, Wendell, Manirod, Peter, Joe and two infant brothers. She leaves behind her daughters, Mary Duthie, Helen (Larry) Edel, and her sons, Victor (Elmona) Penner and David Penner; grandchildren Tim (Lori) Duthie, Judy Duthie, James (Yvonne) Edel, Krista (Joe) Cheng, Chantelle (Nelson) Bieber, Michael Edel, Jordan (Liz) Penner, Jared (Terralee) Penner, Sarah-Jane (David) Schlaak, and Stephanie (Brian) Ramsey; and 6 great grandchildren, Ben and Sam Duthie, Naomi Edel, Weston Penner, Aidan and Addisson Penner, and Zoe Ramsey. She also leaves behind her sister Rose(Ed) Perry of Bashaw, and brothers, Mike( Bernice ) Richter of Medicine Hat, Frank (Bobby) Richter of Bassano and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Linden Mennonite Brethren Church, Linden, Alberta with interment in Linden Cemetery. Arrangements in care of SUNSET FUNERAL SERVICE Ltd, Linden, Alberta 403-546-3903.