Jean Ruth Penkacik
August 30, 1925 – July 24, 2018
Jean Ruth Penkacik was born on August 30, 1925 and passed away on July 24, 2018
- Celebration of Jean's Life Saturday, August 4, 2018
Jean Ruth Penkacik
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August 10, 2018
What can I say about my Mother in-law, who I call Mom Jean. She was the most gracious, kindest and sweetest individual. Always there and ready to assist and make my day and life easier. Never had a negative thought or word toward anyone. She was not only my mother in-law, but, became one of my best friend, and, eventually became my “child”. I’ve always thought
I would have children one day, but that was not to be...but, Our Heavenly Father Always, gives us what we need, even before we ask.
She and I were kindred spirit, we’d spent hours on end sharing, and, I’d realized that we had a very similar background in our childhood, which reminds me of one of my favorite chapter in the Bible...Ruth 1:15-18.
“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.” But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.”
She was my Naomi, and, I was her Ruth...
Mom’s passion was her family, relatives, friends and work. She collected angels, snowmen, butterflies and recycling the greeting cards she gets during the year, into bookmarks for gifting. The various activities, functions and themed parties while living at The Commons, gave her a renewed zest on life, including all the matching outfits that I enjoy creating for her. The many friends she’d made, along with the friends and family that visited her from near and far, were fond lasting memories for her.
Her courage, strength and uplifting spirit, in the midst of her struggles with her Parkinson’s disease, will leave an everlasting and positive imprint for my own personal life. I am so forever proud to call her “Mom”.