Penny was born Aug. 29, 1942 to Emmett and Helen (Wiewel) Fitzgerald in Storm Lake. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Fonda, where she also attended school.
Penny's life took her down many paths - farm wife, activity director, apartment manager and tile artist, before returning to Fonda in July 1997 to live. Penny was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Holy Family Society and involved with the Fonda Senior Center.
She is survived by her daughters, Lisa Weideman (Mike) of Evergreen, Colo., Angela Wilde of Storm Lake, and Shelley Wilde of West Des Moines; Six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, mother-in-law, Gladys Wilde of Newell; her siblings: Patricia Corey (Gerald), Mike Fitzgerald (Joyce), Charlie (Sharon) Fitzgerald (Patti), Judy Platten (George), Jackie Schuttler (Lyle), Kelly Jane Kelly (Patrick), Stephanie Buckley (Jerry), Rebecca Spiess, Tim Fitzgerald (Laurinda), along with many in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends.
Penny was preceded in death by her husband, Les, daughter, Heidi, her parents Emmett and Helen Fitzgerald, father-in-law, Henry Wilde, her siblings, Terry, Sidney, Rodney, Susan, and Tony, also a niece, Vicki and nephew, Todd.
A funeral mass at OLGC Church in Fonda will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation from 9 to 10:30 a.m. before the services. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fonda. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.