Memorial services will be held Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Newell. Visitation will take place Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. at the Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell where the family will be present the entire time. Burial will take place at Essex Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the "I Will Not Worry Foundation" or a charity of your choice. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell is in charge of the arrangements.
Penny was born March 21, 1957 in Sandwich, Ill. the daughter of Terry and Marcene Johnson. She grew up on a farm North of Shenandoah, where she attended Shenandoah Community Schools. She graduated with the class of 1975. Following high school graduation, Penny received her associated degree from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.
Penny enjoyed cooking, flower arranging and most of all chachinging. She was happiest being with people and helping others. Penny started the"I Will Not Worry Foundation" to express a loving concern to others affected by cancer.
In 2009 Penny was honored to be the recipient of the June E. Nylen star award.
Penny shared her smile with others as a volunteer at the hospital. She enjoyed the friendships she made with her Bosom Body Buddies, and also enjoyed the trips she took with her "Gray hairs."
Penny's most recent employment was at Buena Vista Clinic where she was a medical assistant. Penny enjoyed the friendships she made through her employment.
Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons: Cory (Tracie) Sievers of Collins; Josh (Laura) Sievers of Alton; grandchildren: Nicole and Drake Ross of Collins; Owen and Marshall Sievers of Alton; parents, Terry and Marcene Johnson of Shenandoah; sisters: Tammy (Dennis) Grebert of Shenandoah; Rox (Randy) Herrick of Omaha, Neb.; Traci (Tom) Campin of Cresent; several nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many dear friends.
Penny was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Penny has been an inspiration to so many people and the memories of her life will be cherished by all.