Peter H. Penner died July 31, 2009 at 96. He was born May 28, 1913 in Ukraine to Heinrich C. and Katarina Penner. His family immigrated to Canada in 1924 and settled in Blumenort, Sask. He loved farming and horses, leaving school at 15 to farm with his father. In 1934, he married Helen Toews of Greenfarm, Sask. In 1936, they moved to Vancouver, where his jobs included sales and milk delivery. He returned to farming in Rosedale, B.C., in 1943, but his love of selling won out over his love of farming in 1958 and he became a Mutual Life agent until age 76. He loved his job because it brought him into contact with people. Natural curiosity was a dominant feature of his personality. After his wife’s death, he married Helen Klassen-Unruh of Abbotsford, B.C. Peter was active in church leadership and had a talent for working with youth. He was blessed with excellent health and did the Vancouver Sun Run at 92. In 2008, Peter and Helen joined Clearbrook MB Church. Peter is survived by Helen, his wife of 13 years; children Lois (Darice) Voth, Marlene (Edward) Poole, Delores (Allen) Falk, Jackie (Irwin) Olfert, Garry (Dorothy), Patti (David) Semczyszyn; 23 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
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