Eileen LaVonne (Kliewer) Penner was born August 5, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas to Paul and Mildred (Hamm) Kliewer. She died March 29, 2011 in Bet Shemesh, Israel. She grew up in several states where her father was employed as a teacher and minister of the gospel. She accepted Christ as her Saviour at an early age, was baptized and dedicated her life to the Lord.
She married David Penner, son of Peter and Salome (Janzen) Penner of Mt. Lake, Minnesota, on January 1, 1975 in Israel where they worked on a Kibbutz. They lived in Israel for 23 more years and to this union 4 children were born. In 1998 they returned to the United States and settled in North Carolina where a new assembly of the Charity Church had been started. In 2010 they returned to Israel.
Eileen was very talented in many areas which she used wanting to honor and glorify her Lord. She was frugal and ingenious to fix and make things last. Music has been a joy to her since childhood and has used it in a great way of ministering to family, in churches, and had many students. Even shortly before her death she was hoping to be able to play her piano once more. She loved her family, praying and devoting herself to them. She also wrote Sunday School material and songs for children for the Jewish Christian Assemblies. She was always concerned about helping others and about their spiritual life. Even after she was diagnosed with colon cancer, a year ago, she used every opportunity to share her faith with her doctors, nurses, and fellow patients when in the hospital and to many friends from the past. In sickness she rested in the knowledge that her life was in God’s hand and she looked forward with anticipation to be with her Heavenly Father.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, David; daughters Shlomete, Renatyah, and Joella; son, Hillel and wife Shanna and one grandchild, Talia, missionaries to Ghana, Africa; her parents, Paul and Mildred Kliewer of Omaha, Nebraska, a brother, Leon and wife Dianne, sisters Rachel (Dick Morehead), Rebecca (Ed Stacy), E. Marie (David Berquist), Karla (Ted McPeake); nieces and nephews and cousins; her mother-in-law, Salome Penner and brothers and sister-in-laws in the Penner family: Paul, Joel, Jonathan, Leonard and Rachel and their families; a number of uncles aunts, and cousins.
We praise the Lord for her victorious home going but have heavy hearts. She will be missed by many. “In the sweet by and by we shall meet on that beautiful shore.”
With all our love,
Paul and Mildred Kliewer