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Private graveside service will be held at the Winkler Cemetery. Come and Go viewing with family present will be from 4PM-8PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Justina’s memory to One Hope Canada.

Justina Dora Penner (nee Unger)

1931 – 2020 

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Justina Dora Penner (nee Unger) was welcomed into the presence of her Saviour as she passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre with family by her side. 

Justina was born on March 11, 1931 in Altona, MB to John H. and Justina Unger (nee Siemens). She grew up working with her Dad on the family farm in Neuenberg, MB. She hauled grain, chased geese and spent many hours working outside. 

Justina was baptized upon confession of her faith on May 7, 1951 at the Neubergthal Church. Justina and Jack met at Elim Bible Institute and were married on October 7, 1951 in Plum Coulee, MB. They made a life for their family in Plum Coulee then moved to Winkler where Justina lived out the remainder of her days. Justina chose to stay at home to be a mother and homemaker for her four children. As the last of the children were in high school, she found employment in fabric, clothing, bridal wear and retail which she enjoyed for 17 years. People sought out Mom as a seamstress who offered advice on clothing (in particular, wedding dresses) and then capably altered any garment. She sewed wedding dresses for many new brides. Mom was a creative person and what looked impossible to our eyes soon became a masterpiece. 

Justina loved adventure. She lived life to the fullest. After Dad’s passing, her determination took her on many road trips. Her independent spirit had her in the driver’s seat as she drove to Texas, Red Deer, Pennsylvania, Moose Jaw and so many other places. Justina loved music. She was musically gifted with a rich alto voice and participated in many choirs. Justina encouraged musical talent in her children. Justina was passionate about her faith. She found much comfort and joy in the community of her Church. Her relationship with Jesus was also evident in her relationship with others. Justina loved to volunteer. She served at MCC, with Palliative Care and anywhere a helping hand was needed. 

Justina was predeceased by her husband, Jack A. Penner on September 12, 1989; by her parents, John H and Justina Unger; her two sisters, Tina and Helen and her brother, Menno. Justina loved her family. Left to celebrate the life of Justina are her four children, Wes and Carol along with their children, Mike and Terry, Jeremy and Marieke, Vanessa and Ryan and their grandchildren, Cassidy, Leah, Adrian, Evan and Reuben; Myra and Val; Marilyn and Jake along with their children, Heather and Frank; Gerald and Michelle along with their children, Andrew and Jade, Jonathan, Rachel and their grandchild, Benjamin. She is also survived by her sister, Susie and brother-in-law, Otto, and her sister-in-law, Mary. 

Private graveside service on Saturday June 20, 2020 at the Winkler Cemetery. Justina’s family would like to thank her church community, family and friends and the staff of Boundary Trails Health Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Justina’s memory online to One Hope Canada. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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