In Memory of



Obituary for Peter Penner

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we are announcing the sudden and tragic passing of Peter Penner (76) at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 21, 2023.

Peter is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Esther (née Kehler); sons, Dennis (Bernadette), Lewis (Nicole), Wesley (Millie), Randy (Theresa) and his two loving and adoring granddaughters, Emily and Annika.

Peter, fondly also known as Pete, Dad, and Opa, was born to Peter and Maria Penner on November 11, 1947 in Loma Plata, Paraguay. Dad was the 9th of 14 children (7 boys, 7 girls). After getting married to the love of his life Esther on May 30, 1970, they immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in May of 1974 with their eldest son Dennis in tow. Soon after arriving in Winnipeg, they were happy to welcome twins Lewis and Wesley to the family, and while twins would have scared most couples off of more children, they completed their family with their youngest son Randy.

Dad wanted nothing more than to have grandchildren, and that became a reality with the arrival of their granddaughter Emily Penner and then Annika Penner. Opa loves those girls with all of his heart, and that was on full display from the moment they were born.

Dad was a dedicated husband and father and worked tirelessly to build and cultivate family life. After arriving in Canada, he started working for a kitchen furniture manufacturing company, Embassy/Ambassador Furniture, eventually taking over as the Factory Foreman, leading all production. He was given the opportunity to become a minority partner in the business, which he was very proud to be a part of. All of his four boys worked for the company over the years.

Dad had a deep spiritual life. He took time every day to read scriptures and pray. He participated in the life of the church at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, including leadership roles, but most often as a humble servant working to cultivate the life of Christ in the church. After retirement, he loved working as a volunteer at the MCC thrift shop with his wife Esther.

Dad enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing. It was in these times of rest that he could be with his family and friends to enjoy and share in the goodness of God.

Dad especially enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking, upholstery, and carpentry. He built many structures, sheds or garages and decks. His eyes lit up at the first suggestion he’d be able to start another project and he’d quickly say “I will help you”.

Dad was one of the most dedicated and hardest working people you would ever meet. It was very important for him to make sure those around him were taken care of. He especially dedicated himself to his wife Esther, their 4 children, and their grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church, 570 Sharron Bay, Winnipeg, MB., with viewing prior to service. Reception to follow after service.

In memory of Peter, donations can be made to Mennonite Central Committee.