Luella Penner

Luella K Penner

Wednesday, June 10th, 1925 - Saturday, March 9th, 2019
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Luella Penner, 93, passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 9, 2019.

Luella was born on June 10, 1925, Heil, North Dakota to Louie and Freda Kirschman. She attended rural school through the 8th grade. She was a middle child of 11 children. She lived the first 12 years of her life in a sod house on a farm with her family near New Leipzig, North Dakota. Her family then moved to a farm near Heil, ND. At age 16, she moved with her parents to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. At age 17, on October 3, 1942, Luella married Rudolph (Rudy) Klaus and lived on a farm near Scottsbluff, NE. They were faithful members of the German Assembly of God Church, and she loved to sing the German choruses and hymns. To this union, two children were born, Darlene Luella Klaus (10/02/43) and David Rudy Klaus (1/25/49)

Tragically, on 12/20/51, Luella's husband, Rudy & his father, Henry Klaus were killed in a car accident. Luella was now a widow at age 27 with two children. She met Don Penner in her brother, Egon Kirschman's church in Aurora, NE. She married Don Penner on February 8, 1953. To this union, one daughter, Gayla Marie Penner (3/22/61), was born.

In spite of the heartaches she faced in life, she kept her faith strong in her Lord and Savior, and passed that heritage on to her children. She enjoyed opening up her home at anytime to warm North Dakota hospitality. She loved hugs and smiling faces. She loved laughing heartily with her sisters and mom and speaking German with her family and relatives. She was an infamous Scrabble player and an amazing seamstress. She loved singing at anytime especially in church. She did love to travel and always loved going back to North Dakota.

Luella is survived by her two daughters, Darlene (Rex) Herndon and Gayla (Keith) Ruckhaus. She was blessed with four grandchildren; Roxanne Oxley, Valerie Herndon, Benjamin Ruckhaus, Manya Ruckhaus, and three great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Andrea and Abby Oxley. She is also survived by one Brother, Marvin Kirschman (age 85) of Tampa, FL.

Luella was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Freda Kirschman, seven brothers, Clarence, Egon, Elmer, David, Willard, Wilmer, and James Kirschman; two sisters, Della Christman and Irene Kisser; her husband, Rudy Klaus and son, David Klaus; her husband, Don Penner, and one granddaughter, Roxanne Oxley (Herndon)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to (non-profit organization for disability assistance providing wheelchairs and Bibles around the world). Joni's radio broadcast and devotional books were Mom's favorite. Memorials can also be sent to Darlene or Gayla, which will then be forwarded to Joni and Friends.

Service for Luella Penner will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Thursday, March 21 @ 11 am; same day viewing at 9:30 am, Aspen Mortuary, 3350 Simms St., Lakewood, CO 80401 Phone: (303)232-0985
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 9:30am
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 9:30am
    Aspen Mortuary of Lakewood
    1350 Simms Street
    Lakewood, Colorado 80401
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  • Service

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan
    Denver, CO 80235
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    Staging area A
  • Interment

    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, March 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado 80236
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Karen McGregor

Posted at 02:03pm
I just wanted you to know how much Luella meant to me. and to many of us at Calvary Church. Every summer that I knew her, when we were doing registration for classes for "Over the Teacup" Bible Study ; before Luella signed up she would ask me what I was teaching so she was in my class no matter what we studied. She was faithful to come every time and loved to share her stories. We were all blessed by them. I know, Darlene came with her once. We enjoyed her visit too. One year before Christmas she told me Gayla and her family wanted to go skiing at Christmas. I said tell them to go as you are invited to our home for Christmas Dinner. My daughter and family just loved her. She brought Jell-O and that pleased my grandsons. Then we played Quiller which is a spelling game and because she had played scrabble she won the game. What fun we had!! We never forgot that Christmas. She has been missed at Bible study for a few years now.
Karen McGregor, a friend who attends Calvary Church in Longmont

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Posted at 09:52am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John and Debbie Herndon, Karen and Chad Paulsen, Kathy and Paul Castagno, Tracii and Randy Dastrup
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