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PENNER: Ed (Jacob Edwin) Penner passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at home in Brandon, MB, at the age of 64. Ed was born on December 9, 1956, the 7th of 8 children, to Mary and Frank Penner. Growing up on a dairy farm in the village of Chortitz, south of Winkler, MB, taught him the value of hard work. Ed attended Grades 1-8 in Chortitz and graduated from High School in Winkler. His career began in 1978 at the Winkler Pea Plant, which turned into 40 years of dedicated service with Cargill. He worked in: Winkler; Sidney; Burdette, AB; Moosomin, SK; Rivers; Brandon; Nesbitt and Oakner. Thirty one years ago Ed married Glenda Bartley of Roland residing in Morden, MB; Moosomin, SK and for the past 21 years in Brandon. Together they raised two children, daughter Ashley and son Dale. Ed was so proud of their accomplishments and he loved watching them play sports. He was a coach for Dale's minor baseball and hockey teams. Ed was patient, had a quiet manner and a dry wit. Throughout Ed's life, he liked curling, golfing, and skiing. As a family, they took many ski holidays to Colorado, BC, Alberta and Montana. He enjoyed camping trips and boating around Manitoba. In 2017, Ed was diagnosed with liposarcoma, followed by surgery to remove an abdominal tumour, and then had several rounds of chemotherapy in the following years. To physically recover from his surgery, Ed spent many hours hiking, biking, swimming and playing pickleball. He was able to enjoy road trips to Arizona, California, Chicago and Jasper with family. Ed was proud to see both of his children graduate from university. Left to cherish his memory are his wife and two children as well as his siblings: John (Marilyn) of Winnipeg; Helen (Francis) Kwan of Whitby ON; Mary (Otto) Zacharias of Winnipeg; Frank of Winnipeg; brother-in-law, Joe Mikolasek of Edmonton AB; Abe of Chortitz, and Irene of Winkler. He is loved by many on both the Penner and Bartley sides of the family. Ed was predeceased by his parents Frank and Mary; sister, Linda and mother-in-law, Melva. In keeping with Ed's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made in memory of Ed to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Cancer Services" or "Palliative Care" 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or by supporting the Westman Trail Association "In Memory of Ed Penner", 10 Woodlands Dr., Brandon, MB, R7A 0T1.
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As published in Brandon Sun on Feb 20, 2021
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