Jennie "Penny" Crittenden

December 13, 1925January 10, 2021

A woman of many names, Jennie Marie Crittenden, born Lucia Giovannina Patania, known as “Penny,” passed away peacefully at the young age of 95 on Sunday January 10, 2021 after receiving the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in the summer of 2020.

Beloved mother to Dale (husband of Sherry) and the late Joan; beloved Nana to Jeff (husband of Jolene), Carrie, Greg, and Charlie; beloved sister to the late Mary “Pat” Whitman and the late Sam Patania; beloved aunt to Harvey, Tom, Donna, Christina, and the late Bobby; beloved great grandmother to Evan, Liam, Isabel, Eva, and Anna; and friend to countless others.

Jennie grew up on the Hill in St. Louis and eventually, with her sister Mary, raised their families in a small house on Edwards. From this humble beginning she traveled the world, passing along this love of travel to her children and grandchildren. She loved to volunteer and spend much of her time out on the town. You may remember her from her time volunteering at St. Louis Oasis (where she would teach children how to read), the Fox Theatre, or the Science Center. Or from her time styling hair at Stix Baer & Fuller, running the Carousel in Crestwood Mall, working out at the YMCA, hanging at the Seniors Club at St. Ambrose, or any number of other places. In her youth and in her prime, she loved to dance and found great joy in music. She spent the last few years of her life happily reconnecting with her close family, and they will fondly remember this time with her for the rest of their lives. Her greatest treasures in life were her children, and she was proud every day to see what they had done for themselves and the lives they had built.

SERVICE: The family invites you to a visitation and service at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (5130 Wilson Avenue) on Friday January 15th at 10am with a burial at Resurrection Cemetery to follow. Please respect current health and safety measures at these gatherings.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Meals on Wheels, St. Ambrose, or the St. Louis Activity Center.


  • Visitation - Friday

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service - Friday

    Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Committal Service - Friday

    Friday, January 15, 2021


Jennie "Penny" Crittenden

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Bill&Barb Clark

January 15, 2021

We are very sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family during these difficult times.
Praise God for his grace and mercy.

Dave &Gloria Caputa

January 13, 2021

Dale, sorry for your loss. We won't be able to visit with you on Friday. It seems your Mother had a wonderful life. In honor of your Mom we made a contribution to Meals on Wheels. Our Deepest Sympathy

Susan Lovellette

January 12, 2021

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Prayers for your family.

Susan, Andrew & Brian Lovellette