Edna E. Panning

January 24, 1917March 25, 2019

Edna E. Panning, 102, passed away on March 25, 2019. She was born in Henry County, Ohio, on January 24, 1917. Edna and her husband co-owned the Lincoln Motel in Fort Wayne and the Blue Star Motel and Restaurant in Wabash. She was an avid quilter in her spare time, having made every one of her grandchildren a quilt when they were born. Edna had a strong religious faith, even attending bible study until the very end. Her claim to fame is that all of her 70 plus direct descendants are alive and well. She is survived by children, Roger (Nancy) Panning, Wayne (Jean) Panning, Thomas (Cheryl) Panning, Richard (Earlene) Panning, Shirley (Clifford) Shultz; 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Louis Maassel, Elda Dehnbostel, Helen Imbrock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Panning, and brother, Raymond Maassel. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Lutheran Life Villages, 6701 S. Anthony Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial will take place in Concordia Cemetery Gardens, Fort Wayne, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church or Concordia Lutheran High School Scholarship Fund.


  • Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Concordia Lutheran High School Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Edna E. Panning

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Cindy O'Leary

March 28, 2019

Aunt Edna was my sponsor and was always so kind to me. The few times I actually got to see her (because we lived so far away) she was always interested in hearing about what I was up to. I'm looking forward to seeing you in heaven Aunt Edna!

Miriam Neumann

March 27, 2019

Edna was special to me because she was my sponsor. She always was so glad to see my name in LWML information. She also gave my husband and me a room in their motel for the first night of our honeymoon.