Private memorial service will be held with interment prior at the Plum Coulee Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Donations may be made in Susan's memory to the Red River Valley Lodge designated to palliative care.
Susannah (Susan) Penner (nee Wiebe)
1923 ~ 2023

On Saturday, January 21, 2023 our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went to her heavenly home at the age of 99 years, 8 months and 18 days.

Mom was born on May 3, 1923 to Jacob and Katharina Wiebe. She grew up in the Rudnerweide School District. She was baptized upon her confession of faith on May 29, 1944 and became a member of the Plum Coulee Bergthaler Church. Together with her closest friend and confidante - her sister, Anne. They shared a life on the farm that was not always easy, but they always had each other. Their mother taught them how to work hard and love what they did. She taught them about gardening, cooking, baking and all the skills needed to run a farm home back in those days. Mum worked as a domestic aide in Winnipeg before she married Dad. She learned how to run a household and in turn how to make her home a welcoming place. Then one day Mom caught the eye of one Henry W. Penner when he came to visit her brothers. He complimented her on her tasty lemon pie and she fell for his blue eyes. Henry travelled by horse and cutter from north of Plum Coulee to Rudnerweide in the frigid winter to see his Susie. It was love! They were married on June 26, 1949. It was a muggy, muddy Sunday, but their smiles told of joyful days ahead. Dad had been homesteading on land he purchased west of Lowe Farm and it was here they built their farm from the ground up. Working long hard hours, they were proud of their farm. Family and friends helped build the house, machine shed and barn and the yard began to take shape. Trees were planted by hand and weeded in the early morning hours. Mum dedicated herself to fulfilling the calling of her servant heart. She was always ready for company and extended her hospitality whenever she could. Her baking was legendary! Mum’s dream of becoming a mother came true when first Elva and then Connie were lovingly adopted by her and Dad. Her heart was full! Mum’s greatest joy was raising her two girls and working alongside her husband. She was also involved in church activities such as Ladies Group and attended Lowe Farm Bergthaler Church and the Winkler Bergthaler faithfully through the years. They retired to Winkler in 1981 and enjoyed 16 years there before Dad passed away. Mum missed Dad every day he was away from her - and now they’re together at last! Mum had an unfailing faith in God and a true servant heart. She spent lots of time praying for her children and grandchildren - our prayer warrior!  Mum’s family was the most important to her. She was so proud of each one of them. They brought her so much joy - lots of love and laughter was shared. In 2017 Mum had her first fall and her advancing dementia meant she could no longer live on her own at Crocus - a community she loved dearly! She came to live at The Lodge in Morris and although the transition wasn’t easy she learned to love the staff there who looked after her with such compassion and care. They were ALL her angels. For that we are forever grateful.

Mom was predeceased by her husband, Henry and all her siblings and their spouses as well as her in-laws and their spouses. She is survived by her daughters, Elva (Barry Dyck) and Connie (Murray Dyck); six grandchildren, Jared Dyck (Danielle), Colin Dyck (Cristin Embury), Jasmine Brunet (Cole), Mackenzie Dyck (Darrel Nadeau), Brendon Dyck (Nikki) and Shane Dyck and two great-grand children, Warner and Renna Brunet.

Private family service at 2:00 p.m. on Friday January 27, 2023 at the Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment prior at the Plum Coulee Cemetery. We as a family would to express our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers, acts of love and kindness shown to our family and our Mum. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Susan’s memory to the Red River Valley Lodge Personal Care Home Palliative Care, Morris, MB.

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