Darlene Penning, 56, of Remsen, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City following a lengthy illness of cancer and COPD.
She was born Nov. 23, 1947, at Le Mars, the daughter of Vincent and Florentine (Mousel) Penning. She was raised and educated in the Granville area, graduating form Spalding High School in 1966. She then moved to Sioux City where she attended Stewart's Beauty College, graduating in 1967. She was employed at Eastend Beauty Shop in Moringside from 1967 to 1971, at the Hair Boutique in Le Mars until the late 1980s and then the Twin Beauty Salon in Le Mars until March of 2000 when she had to retire because of health reasons. She moved to Remsen in 1987 and had been a resident of Embassy Rehabilitation Care Center in Sergeant Bluff since December 2003.
Darlene was a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens. She was an avid bird watcher, enjoyed fishing, her cats and spending time with her two grandsons.
Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Christopher Stoos, and their two sons, Joshua, 9 years old and Colby, 5 years old, all of Sergeant Bluff; two sisters, Geraldine and her husband, Ronald Andersen of Glendale, Ariz., Marilyn Champion of Lake View; two brothers and their wives, Ron and Diane of Tucson, Ariz. and Ken and Pat of Omaha, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Muriel Penning of Le Mars and one brother-in-law, Robert Burkard of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Lowell in infancy, Dennis and Lloyd; one sister, Lois Burkard; one brother-in-law, Martin Champion; one nephew and three nieces.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Granville. Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 8 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Al Ahrendsen, Darin Burkard, Doug Burkard, Steve Champio, Leon Penning and Lowell Penning.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua and Colby Stoos.