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Surrounded by family, Penny, aged 74, started a new journey where many loved ones were waiting to embrace her gentle spirit.
Already missing her is her son Jarrett and daughter of choice Tammy; grandsons, Jackson, Grayson and Jamason; siblings, Jeff (Lynn) Kendel, Kevin (Angie) Kendel, Leanne (Rick) Slobodian, Lorrie (Peter) Rogalka; brother-in-law Don (Olga) Onyschuk and many nieces, nephews, cousins and life-long friends. The family would like to thank Paul Minsky for being such a special friend and companion. Thank-you for loving and treating Mom so special. She loved you.
Penny was predeceased by her husband Len (2016); mother Verna (2012) and father Howard (1999).
Penny was born and raised in MacNutt, Saskatchewan on February 19, 1946. She was the oldest of five. She loved annual visits to her hometown. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1954, starting in Kirkfield Park, then Windsor Park, and finally in 1960 to Dunrobin Avenue in East Kildonan. Penny left school after grade 11 to work at Crown Zellerbach as a secretary. She met Len in 1964 and married in 1966. Penny worked at Newman McLean until the birth of her only child Jarrett in 1971. Penny resumed working in 1974 at Gordon Hotels as an executive assistant for 33 years. After retirement, Penny's time was spent with family and friends. Penny's greatest love was her grandsons, nieces and nephews. She helped her brother Jeff, serving tables at his restaurant (Kendel's) and Saturday family breakfasts was something she looked forward to. She was asked on her first date by Paul while cashing him out. That led to two years of something really special. Penny was an active member at Grace Lutheran Church. Thank you to pastor Bruce Gelhorn, Dr. Speziali and especially nurse Lisa at CancerCare.
Penny had a huge heart and made sure everyone stayed connected. She will be missed beyond words, always celebrated and never forgotten.
In Penny's memory, please consider giving a blood/platelet donation in her name. A memorial will take place at a later date for family and close friends.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to Jarrett & family & all of the Kendel family. Penny was a dear friend, co worker at Gordon Hotels, & family. It's so hard to know that we won't be able to enjoy our get togethers in Wnnipeg any more. Rest in peace, Penny. Love, Pat Gould - Posted by: Pat Gould (Friend & family) on: Jan 22, 2021

  • Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family, Jarrett and Tammy and kids and the whole Kendal family. Growing up Aunty Penny was a huge part of my life. My mom and Penny had been friends since they were young and were friends right until the day my mom passed away. We always had laughs about who had more sparkly sweaters or clothing with feathers on it. My mom and Penny loved the leopard print as well. I will miss her vienna torte, our coffee dates, the love that she showed me and my family especially when my mom was gone. It is true only the good die young but picturing her with my mom in heaven puts a smile on my face. - Posted by: Leanne (friend) on: Jan 13, 2021

  • Penny and Len had been friends for years. We golfed occasionally, joined friends at Lake of the Woods, and got together at parties throughout the years. In the past few years, there had been a group of women who met to celebrate our friendship with Chris. Because of Covid, our last group meeting was March 2020. We kept in touch through phone calls and emails, always waiting for the time we could go out for coffee again. It will be a smaller group meeting in the months ahead, to celebrate Penny and Chris. Penny was always so much fun to be around. She had an amazing giggle and laugh and kept us grinning. Our last call was before Christmas. Penny was tired and trying to catch her breath, so it was a short visit but a good one. I was to call her before New Years to check out her Covid Christmas. We didn't get that chance. Penny will be greatly missed by her family and her friends. She told many happy stories about her life as the 'oldest' sister. I know the family will be able to share many happy memories of Penny in the years ahead. I am very thankful for her friendship, and wish it could have been years longer. - Posted by: Andrea McDonald Bradie (Friend) on: Jan 13, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Jarrett, Tammy, and family, and also to Paul. Penny, Len and the rest of the "Gordon Gang" spent many enjoyable evenings at "Gordon Nights" and the hotel conventions. I will miss Penny's periodic emails- just keeping in touch. I hope that HEAVEN has email. We will miss your bubbly spirit. give a big hug to Len and Eleanor. We all had fun. Love Don. - Posted by: Don Stewart (long time co-worker and friend) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to Jarrett and family and all of the Kendel family. Penny was one of the nicest people I have ever known. Rest In Peace Penny. Love Eileen and Lyle Kendel - Posted by: Lyle Kendel (Cousin) on: Jan 12, 2021

  • We are so sad to hear about Penny’s passing and send our sincere condolences to Jarrett, Tammy, Jackson, Grayson, Jamason and her Kendal/Oneschuck family. Penny was a dear friend and we will remember her radiant positive energy with the best laugh and smile. She was an amazing person who had been through so much in the last few years. We will miss her more than words can say. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Judy & Bob (Friends) on: Jan 10, 2021

  • Big hugs of love and comfort to all the family. Thanks Penny for being a friend, confidant and part of my life. I will cherish my memories. - Posted by: Charlotte Kaisaris (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • My condolences to her family and friends. She was always so nice to us. She took great care of herself. I also often saw her sitting with the family smiling and laughing. I remember her telling me when she first started seeing Paul. She seemed like a young lady telling me how she loved him taking her to restaurants so she didn`t have to cook. She was such a happy lady! She will only bring joy in heaven. - Posted by: lynne cooper (customer) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • This so saddens me. Although it has been many years since I have seen her, I remember her fondly. Always so kind. I spent much time hanging out at the Dunrobin home. Condolences to Jarret and his family and of course all the Kendel siblings. She’s back with Len and your parents now. Blessed journey Penny 🙏🏻🙏🏻 - Posted by: Karen Zapisocki (Friend and neighbour ) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • To Jarrett, Tammy and family. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Your mom was a great neighbour and an even better person. We are going to miss her so much. - Posted by: Lorraine and Kelly (Long time neighbors) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • I send my deepest and sincere condolences to the Kendel family and friends. Penny has been such a great friend over the years. I will truly miss our weekly conversations. My goal was to make Penny laugh, I have to say I did succeed she always said I could write a book. I am especially thankful that her friend Paul was there helping Penny. Penny will be missed. Rest in Peace Penny. - Posted by: Ken Martin (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • On behalf of my Mom Celine and our family, we send our deepest condolences to Aunty Penny’s family. My Mom has so many fond countless memories with Penny and all the Kendel’s who have graciously made all of us feel like family over the several decades spent together at every celebration had. As Penny would say to Mom all the time “friendship warms the heart”. Mom was unable to talk to Aunty before her passing as she was also ill in hospital. She is home with us now and missing her dear friend. They sure had a lot of laughs together and will miss their lunches with Aunty Sheila as well. Hope the many happy memories will get you all through this very sad time. Love you all, Celine, Angela, Monique & families. - Posted by: Angela Lysak-Savage (Niece) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Jeff and all the Kendall family. I remember Penny at the resturant and her friendly personality. God Bless. Jim Campbell - Posted by: Jim Campbell (Family Friend) on: Jan 09, 2021

  • I'm so sorry to hear about Penny passing. My condolences to all the Kendel family! To Paul for being such a great friend to Penny. REST IN PEACE PENNY! - Posted by: Eva Molinski (customer at restaurant-Fed X) on: Jan 09, 2021

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