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 joniandfriends.org (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