Lorene (Penner) Isaac was born March 5th, 1932 at Kleefeld, Manitoba to John I. and
Margaret (Toews) Penner, the youngest of nine children; and peacefully left us on March 27th,
2019, just past her 87th birthday.
A traumatic childhood event, at age 10, was the passing of her mother. Lottie Toews became
her new mom just over a year later. Mom gave her heart to the Lord and was baptized March
25th,1947. She faithfully walked the Christian way to the end. At age 16, she was left at home
to keep house for her brothers, Alphae and David, while her parents served as missionaries in
Mom and Dad were married on July 28th, 1956, and shared over 62 happy years together.
Mom gave herself lovingly and tirelessly in caring for her growing family. Out of necessity
she always had a large garden. We remember asking her to please make 2 pies for a meal
instead of only 1. She still found time for quilting and knitting; quilting parties were a
highlight for Mom, and us children as well. She always had a great ear for music - when
she was younger she loved to sing, when she got older she loved to listen. She had a great
sense of humor, and her quick wit was enjoyed by all. As in-laws and grandchildren joined the
family, her heart and home were always open; not only to family but friends and neighbors
In 1981 Dad and Mom moved to Arden, where Mom again reached out with her kindness
and hospitality. 2003 found them building their retirement home in the small town of Birnie
where she lived till her passing.
Mom leaves her family with sad but peaceful hearts; her loving husband Alfred, her 7
children, Greg and Vietta, Rilla and Wayne Megli, Carson and Brenda, Bob and Brenda,
Lyndon and Glenda, David and Jeannie, Marsha and Doug Barkman; 32 grandchildren, 43
great-grandchildren; one brother, David and Adeline Penner; 1 brother-in-law, Walter
and Betty Isaac; 4 sisters-in-law, Leona Braun, Gladys and Milton Fast, Joyce and Wally Koop,
Jean and Clarence Giesbrecht; also special friends Claude and Betty Bonnefoy.
Mom was predeceased by her mother, father, step mother, 4 sisters, 3 brothers, and 1 great