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Mills & Mills Funeral Home & Memorial Park

5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA

OBITUARY

Pennie Kanke

December 12, 1943January 9, 2020
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Pennie Kanke of Tenino, WA who was born on 12-12-43 in Decatur, IL went to be with Jesus on 1-9-2020. Pennie was preceded in death by her parents, Virginia Bach, Harold Bach and Les Carter. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Joe Kanke of Tenino, WA, her brother Russell Bach (Lin) of Vancouver, WA, her daughters Jan Diehl (Bill) of Rochester, WA and Jeri Goetschel (Dave) of Yelm, WA, brother and sister in her heart Dick and Beverly Drew of Tenino, WA, grandchildren Chad Fredericks (Heather), Justin Fredericks and DJ Goetschel, great grandchild Charlotte Fredericks and numerous other extended family members. Pennie was a tap dancer in her early teens, even appearing on a TV show showing off her talent. Pennie married the love of her life, Joe shortly after and dedicated her entire life to raising a family. She enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and family vacations. Pennie and Joe were members of the Valleymen Motorcycle club where they put many miles on their Harley Davidson. After moving to Tenino, Pennie focused on her love of plants and flowers, antiquing, yard sales and attending most every sport function her grandchildren were involved in. Pennie loved fellowshipping with the women at church and attended both First Baptist of Tenino and then later Cowboy Baptist Church of Roy. Pennie was a dedicated daughter who cared for both of her parents for several years before their death. Pennie will always be remembered for her undying passion to care for her family and her love for Jesus. The family’s deep gratitude to her friends and caregivers, Michiele, Cindy, Julie, Teresa, Brenda and Laura. Services to be held at Mills and Mills Funeral Home 5725 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98512 on Monday 1-20-2020. Viewing begins at 12:00 PM with service beginning at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Pennies’ name to Parkinson’s Research or Hospice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chad Fredericks
  • Justin Fredericks
  • DJ Goetschel
  • Travis Bach
  • Oscar Rivera
  • John Lucas

Services

  • Visitation Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Reception Monday, January 20, 2020

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Karen Kanke James

January 14, 2020

Pennie was a wonderful wife, mother, and caregiver. I always felt welcome in their home. My most delightful memory of Pennie was when she & Joe rode their Harley across country to Iowa & Illinois to visit family.

Sorry I can't be there to say goodbye to Pennie. But I will be there in spirit to send her off to dance with the angels.

Love, Karen

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