Shirley M. Penn

March 10, 1928 ~ April 15, 2022 (age 94)


Shirley M. Penn, 94, entered her Heavenly home on Good Friday, April 15, 2022. She resided at her Weston home and up-North at her daughter and caregiver Gigi’s cottage until just weeks before passing on.

Shirley was born March 10, 1928 in Milwaukee as an only child of Arnold and May Bohlein. She graduated from North Division High School and attended Bethany Lutheran Church. She married Vernon Penn who she met up North at Plum Lake, close to where she spent time at Peterson’s Cottages on Stella Lake owned by her grandparents. She moved to Sayner and Eagle River where she was a faithful member of Shepherd of the Lakes and Pioneer Lutheran Churches where she taught Sunday School. She worked at Gensler’s Club 155, Froelich’s Sayner Lodge, Jack Frost Farm Foods and the Vilas County News Review. Shirley moved to Wausau and became a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she served on the Alter Zuild. She worked 19 years and retired from Medical Records at Wausau Hospital. 

She raised Collies and Shetland Sheepdogs with daughter Gigi, along with being an over 50 year member of the Collie Club of America, and Paper Cities Kennel Club where she helped with dog shows and served as Public Education Co-ordinator for many years. Later she attained and loved her little Pomeranian. She loved spending time with her family and attending grandchildren’s school activities.  She also loved puzzle books, tv and movies.

Survivors include three children, Sharon (Richard) Duginske, Gigi (James) Wood and David Penn; nine grandchildren, Amber (Marlon), Rachel (Adam) Johnson, Logan (Alex) Duginske, Jaymasen (Kajal) Wood, Crystal Wood, Kayla Ramker, Alex (Courtney) Penn, Alycia (Perry II) Camodeca and Dawson Penn; four great-grandchildren, Landon Ramker, Oniyah Johnson, Mila Penn and Perry Camodeca III; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, former husband, Vernon Penn, brother and sister in laws, and one son-in-law, Michael Johnson.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.  Visitation will be Friday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of services all at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

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April 29, 2022

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church (Wausau)

Funeral Service
April 29, 2022

2:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church (Wausau)

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