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TINA PENNER (published on January 12, 2010)

TINA PENNER Tina Penner (nee Krause) passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at Riverview Health Centre at the age of 84. She was predeceased by her husband Jacob, her brother Abram and her sisters Anna and Lena. She is survived by her daughter Katy Thiessen and husband Henry, son John and wife Jill, son Wally and wife Rhoda, son Harold and wife Janice, son Werner and wife Anita, daughter Ingrid Gamble and husband Jim, son Paul and wife Melissa, as well as sister Susa Hecht and brother Bernard Krause, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other family and friends. Tina was born in Novo-Vitebsk, Ukraine on October 25, 1925, the youngest daughter of Abram and Susanna Krause. She immigrated to Canada in 1948 with her husband and two young children. They started life in Winnipeg in a chicken coop on McKay Avenue and despite the challenges of beginning again in a foreign country, they successfully raised seven children. Mom was a self-sufficient, strong individual with a tight grip on life. She taught herself English with her children's books and she mastered cooking, baking and sewing on a tight budget. We children enjoyed wonderful roast chicken, borscht, Oma buns, and platz and with her designer eye and good sewing skills she was always the best dressed mom around. Mom's feistiness and back-seat driving might never be forgotten, but it is the fierce deep love for her children that will survive the generations. In the last few months of her illness, mom's stoicism, fighting spirit, and genuine caring and appreciation for her caregivers made us especially proud to call her mom. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Douglas Mennonite Church, 1517 Rothesay Street, with interment in Green Acres Cemetery. If friends desire, donations can be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5K9.

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