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Born: Oct 26, 1935

Date of Passing: Jul 05, 2021

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Rosie Nettie Penner was born on October 26, 1935 in Bergfeld in southern Manitoba to her parents, George and Anganetha Penner (both have predeceased her). She was the oldest of seven daughters - Rosie, Rubie, Ruth, Susie, Nora, Joyce and Katharine. She also has two older brothers, George and David and two younger brothers, Martin and Henry. She was loved by her many nieces and nephews, as well as her in-laws. She was predeceased by one in-law.
Rosie loved to be of service to others. She helped her parents look after her siblings. She was a Sunday school teacher, taught DVBS, sang in the mass choirs and in the summer was camp nurse. She graduated as a licensed practical nurse in 1961 and worked in the Winkler clinic and in the hospitals in Altona, Winkler and Winnipeg. In 1968 she signed up to serve with Mennonite Central Committee Voluntary Service for two years in Maryland, in Chicago and at a work camp with the Indigenous nation in Arizona.
In 1982 she married her spouse, Kwase Abu Asare in Winnipeg. In 1989 they moved together to Oshawa, Ontario where they operated a home for special care, homes that were created for mental health clients. After 25 years she and Kwase retired to Newmarket where Kwase continues to live. After suffering a stroke in 2018 she moved into Meadowood Manor in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she died on July 5, 2021. Having suffered through the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic she was ready to leave this earth to live in her eternal home.
Private family service to be held at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I remember meeting Rosie several times through her sisters. When I saw her, taking care of mentally ill people, I could sense how much energy and concern she exerted in her life, caring for people. My condolences to her family. I know she will be missed. Thinking of you. Helen Penner - Posted by: Helen Penner (Friend of some members of the family, especially Ruth and Ruby) on: Jul 11, 2021

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