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Mary Penner

June 1, 2021


The family of Mary Penner of Herbert wish to announce her passing on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the Herbert & District Integrated Health Care Facility.

Mary Penner, age 100 years, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the Herbert Integrated Health Care Facility.

I, Mary Penner, was born on February 8, 1921, to Jacob & Elizabeth (Andres) Penner. I was brought up in a Christian home, taken to Sunday School and church, as regular as possible. As we grew a little older, our parents moved a little closer to church. It was easier to attend children’s functions. Two ladies did a good work with us. It was at the age of 12, that I gave my heart to the Lord. Mother helped, she made Isaiah 53:1-6 very clear to us. If Christ did that for me, I wanted Him in my heart. He took me in, and by His wonderful grace He set me free. In the year 1940, I was baptized and accepted into the MB Church at Greenfarm, our small country church. Pastor Nick Janz was our pastor and really stressed our obedience to Christ. Here I sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Teaching the small ones was my favorite Class, and I did it for many years. The year of 1960 was a year of transition for my parents and I, we moved to Herbert where we joined the MB Church. I taught Sunday School and sang in the choir again. It was a blessing to do this for the Lord. In 1964, I joined the work force at the Herbert-Morse Union Hospital as a Dietary Cook. It was a challenging job with it’s ups and downs, but also very interesting at times. It was always gratifying to see a patient improve. I did this for twenty-two years. By now my Mom was getting up in years and needed more help and attention. We travelled a bit, as long as she could. Mom enjoyed it and so did I. Then in 1992, she had to go to the Nursing Home, so that finished that job too. I helped my brothers and sisters as much as I could. It was busy, but also enjoyable. I’m thankful to God who gave me the strength. 

Left to cherish Mary’s memory are her sister and brother-in-law, Lena & Harry Gerbrandt; her sister-in-law, Mary Penner; and by her many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Jacob Penner, 1969; her mother, Elizabeth (Andres) Penner, 2004; her sister in infancy, her brother and sister-in-law, John & Esther Penner, her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth & Irvin Gerbrandt, her brother, Henry Penner, her sister and brother-in-law, Anne & Jake Andres; and by a nephew, Robert Gerbrandt. 

The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 2:00pm from the Grace Community Church, Herbert, SK with Pastor Tom Gerbrandt officiating. The pianist for the service was Donovan Epp. “All that Thrills My Soul Is Jesus”, “Face to Face In All His Glory”, and “It Is Well with My Soul” were sung by the congregation under the direction of Henry Braun serving as song leader. The eulogy was brought by Carol Bremner (niece), with tributes shared by Mary Lester and Laura Pompu (nieces). The scripture reading for the service was Isaiah 53:1-6. The Interment Service was held at the Herbert Cemetery, Herbert, SK with the following nephews serving as pallbearers, Ken Penner, Mark Penner, Glenn Gerbrandt, Scott Gerbrandt, Tim Penner, and Matthew Penner. In memory of Mary Penner, donations made to the Herbert Integrated Health Care Facility – LTC or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice would be appreciated by the family. Funeral arrangements were in care of Swift Current Funeral Home, Swift Current, SK. For further information or to leave a personal message of condolence on the family‘s obituary page, please go to Click here to see Mary's Service.

For those wishing, donations to the Herbert & District Integrated Health Care Facility for long term care would be appreciated by the family.


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Funeral Service
June 9, 2021

2:00 PM
Grace Community Church
303 Thompson St
Herbert, SK S0H 2A0

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