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Eunice N. Penheiter, 93

Nov 30, 2009

Lanesboro — Eunice N. Penheiter died Nov. 22, 2009 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

A Memorial service for Eunice Penheiter, age 93, of Lanesboro, was held Nov. 28, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Rev. Kerry Eversole officiating. Burial will be in Minnesota Lake at a later date.

Eunice Nordean Dickman was born April 3, 1916, in Wells. She was the eighth child of Henry and Alvina (Kontelman) Dickman. Eunice was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Wells, graduated from Wells High School in 1933, attended teachers training and then taught in rural schools for seven years.

On June 28, 1940 she married Norbert Penheiter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Together they owned and operated Penheiter Cafe in Minnesota Lake for 23 years. Eunice continued her education at Mankato State College receiving her BA degree in 1962. When Norbert became ill in 1962 they sold their cafe and moved to Blue Earth. Eunice taught third grade there until her retirement in 1981. Norbert passed away in 1975, but Eunice continued to live in Blue Earth until April of 2002 when she moved to the Kenilworth Apartments in Lanesboro. She resided there until moving to the Chosen Valley Care Center July 30, 2009. She was always very active in her churches and in eduction societies. She enjoyed family and friends, playing cards, crossword puzzles and reading.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert (Phyllis) of Lanesboro and Charles (Lois) of Lewiston, five grandchildren, Jon (Tamara) Penheiter of Rosemount, Alan (Sumedha) Penheiter of Rochester, Cindy (Todd) Schmatz of Milaca, Kristi Penheiter (Andy Donson) of Denver, Colo., Sarah Penheiter (Marla Michalke) of Bloomington and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mayo Hospice or Chosen Valley Care Center.

Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro handled the arrangements.