Posted: November 19th, 2020

John J Penner of Medicine Hat, formerly of Rosemary and Brooks, passed away November 17, 2020 at the age of 97 years. Left to cherish his memory are his children Layol (Doug) McRae, Cheryl (Ray) Bergen, and Glade (Phyllis) Penner; grandchildren (Paige Riegel (Jamie Adams), Kelsey (John) Anderson, Melanie (Peter) Bosomworth, Andrew (Brett) Bergen, Matthew (Amber) Penner, and Cameron (Tiffany Kaminsky) Penner; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Dad was predeceased by his parents and 7 siblings and his beloved wife Hilda in 2017.

Dad arrived in Canada from Orenburg, Russia in October of 1926 at the age of 3. The family settled first in Provost and then Rosemary, AB. In 1951 he and Hilda Klassen were married, and together they built a life and raised a family at Rosemary. They moved to Medicine Hat in 1999.

Dad believed in a good day’s work and in helping one’s fellow man. He valued peace, love, friendship, and community. Everyone who knew him considered John a good man.

A special thank you to Dad’s caregivers at Meadow Ridge Seniors Village and to MHRH staff, particularly ER and 5W staff.

A virtual celebration of life is planned. Details to be announced.

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