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Lula V. Penner

d. April 6, 2017

Hillsboro – Lula V. Penner, 91, died April 6, 2017 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro.  She was born May 30, 1925 to Peter J. and Pauline (Javorsky) Schmidt at Bessie, Oklahoma.  She married Edward E. Penner February 20, 1954 at Bessie, Oklahoma.  She was a homemaker.  Survivors include: sons, Robert of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Darryl of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Berkeley of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Barron of Madison, Wisconsin, Arlen of Hillsboro; 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  Predeceased by her husband Edward E. Penner in 2010.  Celebration of Life Service 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro.  Interment at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church cemetery in Hillsboro.  Family will receive guests from 6 to 8 Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Lula V. Penner, of Hillsboro, KS died April 6, 2017, at Parkside Homes. She was 91 years old.


Lula was born May 30, 1925, to Peter & Pauline (Javorsky) Schmidt in Bessie, Oklahoma. She was saved as a young girl and baptized at age 14 in Boggy creek near their family farm by Pastor H.R. Wiens of the Bessie MB church. Lula graduated from high school, attended Tabor college for one year and also worked at Back To The Bible Broadcast. While working there in Lincoln, Nebraska, a coworker of Lula’s introduced her to Edward and they began dating.


On February 20, 1954, she married Edward Penner at Bessie MB Church in Oklahoma. They took over Ed’s family farm near Luton, Iowa, and farmed there for about 12 years.


They quit farming and lived in a few different places in Iowa for the next several years. One notable place was Spencer, Iowa, where they operated Pizza Manor, a local restaurant. In the fall of 1973 they moved to Oklahoma to be closer to Lula’s family. They lived in Oklahoma City and worked in the Putnam City school system for a number of years. In 1980 they moved from Oklahoma City to Weatherford because they had an opportunity to work at the 3M plant and be closer to their children. They both retired from 3M after 10 years.


Lula was known for her cooking. In the 1960’s she entered a cake baking contest sponsored by the Home Extension. Since they lived on a farm and had their own laying hens, she had lots of eggs so she decided to bake a chocolate chip angel food cake and was surprised to win the grand prize which included a new electric stove. Lula was known for her zwiebach, cinnamon rolls, New Year’s cookies, and lots of other delicious items. She used her talent of baking in the churches she attended.


Ed and Lula moved to Hillsboro in 2005 to be closer to grandchildren. She enjoyed putting puzzles together with friends and family. Lula liked to be busy and always found something to do. On February 11, 2017 she fell and broke her hip and never fully recovered. On April 6th she went home to be with the Lord. Her favorite scripture was Psalms 103.


She was preceded in death by her parents Peter and Pauline (Javorsky) Schmidt, husband Edward, brothers Pete and Arthur, and sisters Ella, Matilda, Esther, Nora, Elizabeth and Caroline.


She is survived by her children:

  • Robert of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Darryl of Weatherford, OK
  • Berkeley of Oklahoma City, OK
  • Barron of Madison, WI
  • Arlen of Hillsboro, KS


Ed and Lula were blessed with 17 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Lula lived a full life and was ready to go home to be with her Lord!







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