July 12, 1938 — April 16, 2018
ALGONA — Patricia "Pat" Penning, 79, of Algona, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at Kossuth Regional Health Center with her family by her side.
Patricia was born to Raymond and Mary Ann (Pigman) Perkins on July 12, 1938, at Park Hospital in Mason City.
She attended Corwith High School, and upon graduation, continued her education at a Christian College.
She met and married Jerome "Joe" Penning. They were married on the morning of Nov. 2, 1957, and she returned to work that evening. To this union four children were born (who, she would tell you were perfect.)
The coffee pot was always on, with the door open to friends and family. Conversations, card games, heart to hearts, and lots of everlasting friendships formed at their kitchen table. Asparagus hunting trips with her best friend were a must. In their free time, Pat and Joe loved to travel, along with camping and fishing. They made a yearly trip to the “Old Threshers Reunion” at Mount Pleasant and attended many concerts there.
After Joe’s passing, Pat took up country line dancing, and crafting to keep her busy. Her family was very important to her, and she loved to brag about her 11 grandkids. Then came the “Greats” which really brightened her days.
Pat and Joe were able to spend almost 34 loving years, always together; before his untimely death in 1991. She was excited to join him in heaven when her time came.
Pat ran the Sexton Post Office/Furniture/Grocery store for many years, did daycare in her home, cleaned at various places, worked as a nurse aide at Good Samaritan, and was a secretary for Galbraith Resources until her retirement.
Pat is survived by her four children, David (fiancée, Anna Goodell) Penning of Bradgate, Dennis (Julie) Penning of Algona, Doug (Janet) Penning of Algona, Pam (Jim) Smith of Sexton; grandchildren, Josh (fiancée, Britney Harms) Penning of Algona, Joe (Jennifer) Penning of Algona, Russ (Kim) Penning of Ankeny, Ryan (Justin Ruegg) Penning of West Des Moines, Dustin (Lisa) Penning-Smith of Wesley, Randy (Megan) Penning of Algona, Amber (friend, Brandon Vaske) Welle of Algona, Nyx (friend, Bryan Gaillard) Penning of Wesley, Matt (friend, Brandy Armstrong) Smith of Wesley, Bethany (Jacob) Kofoot of Algona, Levi (fiancée, MaKayla Williams) Penning of Whittemore; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Lana, Fenix, Jaxon, Harmony, Kendra, Metix, Kinlee, Charley, Keaton, Carter, Shawna, and one on the way in September; siblings, Joan Anderson, Allen Perkins, Robert Perkins and step-sibling, Marie Perkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; siblings, June Oakland, Alice Tabb, Delbert Perkins in infancy, Marvin Perkins, Ramona Groebner, Jerry Perkins, Ronald Perkins, Karen Reher, and Kathleen Dorr.