Posted: January 27th, 2015

2000 ~ 2015
It is with heavy hearts that Matthew Penttila and Tanessa Marshall announce the passing of their beloved daughter, Kienna Judith Anja, on Friday, January 23, 2015, at the age of 14 years.  Kienna was born in Kamloops, B.C. on March 23, 2000, later moved to Calgary and eventually settled in Medicine Hat.  She started her illustrious education at Central Park School, attending Colonel McLeod and Nose Creek Schools in Calgary as well as St. Mary’s Catholic School in Medicine Hat.  She participated in school sports and especially enjoyed basketball, volleyball and wrestling.  In her first wrestling match, she pinned her opponent in under a minute!  She also loved to dance and her newest interest was yoga.   Kienna had faith in God from an early age.  While attending her great-grandma’s 90th birthday in Thunder Bay, she expressed a desire to be baptized in the family church.  She spoke to the minister, and with family in attendance, she and Bailey were baptized.  Kienna was an independent soul wanting to make the big leagues.  Money, travel and luxurious items were her aspirations and her biggest dream of all was to go to Paris.  If you ask anyone to describe Kienna, they would say she was always laughing, singing and dancing.  If you were feeling grumpy and Kienna walked into the room, the mood would definitely change for the better!  Family dinners were a highlight for Kienna and she would always ensure that the menu was to her satisfaction.  Most of all, there was nothing more important to Kienna than her family.  Her brother, Bailey, was her best friend, and brother, Brede, was her pillar of strength and she cherished her new baby brother, Austin.  Recently, Kienna became Auntie KK to her adorable nieces, Teraiza-Rae and Natalia-Lyn.  Kienna is survived by her mother, Tanessa Marshall and father, Matt Penttila;  brothers, Brede (Amber), Bailey and Austin.  She is also survived by her Nan and Pappy, Judy and Keith Martin;  grandfathers, Jack Penttila and Rick Marshall;   uncles Tyson, John (Sam), Rob (Nina);  auntie Sheena;  nieces, Teraiza-Rae and Natalia-Lyn;   Godmother, Lynn Murray as well as numerous cousins.  She was predeceased by her grandmother, Kathy Maki;  great-grandparents, Clara and Reino Anttonen and Nick and Anja Penttila.  A Celebration of Kienna’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Shane Andrus officiating.  In honour of Kienna, everyone attending is encouraged to wear their moccasins.  (Condolences may be expressed by visiting  If friends so desire, tributes in memory of Kienna may be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic School, 155 – 11 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4S2.  Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4.  Telephone:  403-527-6455.


  1. Susie,Bruce,Brittany,Steven&Robyn says:

    Matthew & Family. We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter Kienna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time.

  2. Rosie Turcotte says:

    Sending Love and prayers to the family. So very sad for your loss.

  3. Bev Price and boys ( nels, ralph, patrick) says:

    Matt Tanessa and family it is with a heavy heart we will not be able to attend , you are all in our thoughts and prayers for strength and the love of family to get through this difficult day..Kienna sounded like amazing young girl, it is not fair that such a young life is lost or taken so soon…I lost a daughter , I did not have the opportunity to share any moments with her, cherish the short time and the wonderful memories you have with her as it sounds like you had many with family , friends and speak of her always , she is not far away , she will be watching over you all and listening to the stories of her life you loved so dearly…Our deepest sympathies for your loss. will be with you all today with prayers of strength of family…RIP Sweet Child Kienna Marshall-Pentilla.

  4. Tanessa Marshall says:

    My beautiful baby girl, your definitely gone but never ever will be forgotten. You will be with momma always and forever, do me a favor hunny come visit me please I need to hold you and just hear your voice people say you have to be ready for spirits to come to you I am ready baby girl, please and also see your brothers they need you too Kienna right now soo bad, they hurt soo much hunny and I worry about you everyday not at peace yet because this is a not how you wanted your family to be at all, never ever I know your so angry with how things have been going since you left us, you were always soo strong and cared about us all soo much that’s why I know this was a complete accident and that you were looking for help. Momma was there baby I’m soo sorry I didn’t know but I believed you baby when we talked in the hospital just around Christmas time you promised you would never leave us and things were starting to look up. For some reason hunny they needed you up there, just way too early my baby girl was taken. Today I was reading some personal comments you had made and when I read that you wanted to name your first born after your brother Bai, my heart just melted and I’ll never get that chance to hold my daughter’s children or watch you walk down the aisle on your special day or just to ever wrap my arms around you soo tightly and hear you say you love me…please hunny come to me in my dreams I need to talk to you and I need to know your at peace So I don’t have to worry about you everyday not being at peace. I love you too the moon and back always and forever my baby girl you and momma always and forever best friends my beautiful baby girl xxxxooooo❤❤❤❤❤

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