Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Donations may be made in Anna's memory to Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. mt_ignore

Anna Penner (nee Guenther)

1940 - 2022

Anna Guenther Penner, daughter of Aaron and Maria Guenther was born on May 3rd, 1940 in Durango, Mexico. She was baptized upon the confession of her faith at the age of 18 in May of 1958 in the Old Colony Church Blumenort, Durango, Mexico. She was married at the same church to David Diedrich Penner on June 22, 1958. They were married for 63 years, 10 months and 28 days (until death do us part). Anna passed away peacefully on Friday May 20, 2022 at 4:01 a.m. with her daughter and son-in-law by her side at the Notre Dame Hospital. She lived to be 81 years old. Anna had spent her last six weeks in the Notre Dame Hospital.

Anna leaves to mourn her husband, David Diedrich, five daughters, one daughter-in-law, one son, four sons-in-law and their families and one sister: daughter, Maria and Peter Harder of Reinfeld, MB, daughter, Anna and John Martens of Winkler, MB, son, Aaron Penner of Winkler, MB, daughter, Kathy and Frank Fehr of Winkler, MB, daughter-in-law, Tina Hildebrand (formerly Penner) of Reinfeld, MB, daughter, Margaret Plett of British Columbia, daughter Nancy and Pete Bergen of Morden, MB, 22 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, five brothers, one sister, two sons in infancy, one son, Dave at age 42, one daughter at age 11 and three great grandchildren.

Mom will be greatly missed by many. We will forever remember her gentle nature and sense of humour; mom did not like conversations that were serious or sad and she would always convert them into something happy or change the subject. She loved her family with all her heart. She was always concerned that we all had a warm house and food to eat, but most of all that we were all followers of Jesus Christ. Mom was a stay-at-home mom all her life and in her younger years when she was raising us children, she would always have fresh baked buns and cookies ready for when we came home from school. She was always there when we needed her, she taught us how to pray and to love God and others. Thank you, mom, for everything you did for us. Mom loved flowers and butterflies and great food. Both Mom and Dad loved to travel, which they did quite a bit of in their later years. Mom tried to always be in good spirits, even though she was sick a lot. From the age of 53 on, she struggled with cancer, first with colon cancer, which almost took her life, but with many surgeries and treatments she was finally in remission. For 14 years she was free of cancer, then she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She again underwent several treatments and was quite sick. She was also diagnosed with skin cancer in her later years that didn’t develop into anything too serious. She had many different health issues in between as well. In the last several years, her colon cancer had returned and spread, but she requested no more treatments. For the last year of her life, she was in and out of the hospital frequently.

Funeral service on Tuesday May 24, 2022 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens.

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” Psalms 16:8-9

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

We as a family want to say a big thank you to Reverend Art and Kathy Wiebe and family and friends for all your love and support and prayers. Thank you also to the church serving group, song leaders, ushers, and pianist. Also, a big thank you to the medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre and Notre Dame Hospital, and Wiebe Funeral Home for your kind service.

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