Dec. 11, 1928-Aug. 3, 2012
VESTA - Services for Doris Lorraine Penske, 83, of Vesta were Aug. 8 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta. Burial was in the Vesta Cemetery. The Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso is in charge of the arrangements for the family.
She died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Winsted, McLeod County at her daughter's home.
Doris Lorraine Penske was born Dec. 11, 1928, to George and Blondina (Jordan) Henriksen on the family farm, four miles south of Vesta. She was baptized on Dec. 23, 1928, and later confirmed in May of 1942 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta. She attended country school in Vesta Township.
Doris and Allen Penske were married Feb. 16, 1949, at St. Johns's Lutheran Church in Vesta and they made their home on his parent's farm two miles northwest of Vesta. Doris worked on the farm with her husband and raised her family. They continued to live on the farm after they retired from farming in 1986. That same year Doris went to work as a housekeeper, at the Traveler's Lodge Motel in Marshall. She retired from her job there when she was 80 years old. After her husband's death in 2010 she remained on the farm.
Doris was a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Vesta, where she was active in ladies aid, altar guild and as a Sunday school teacher in years past. She enjoyed reading, especially mystery novels, needlepoint, watching the cooking channel and "Jeopardy" on television, and both flower and vegetable gardening.
In May of 2012, Doris moved to Winsted with her daughter.
Doris is survived by her daughter, Janice (and Glenn) Kuck of Winsted; sons, Gary (and Margaret) Penske and Duane Penske, both of Vesta; daughter-in-law, Patrice Penske of Park Rapids; three grandchildren, Miranda Phillipi, Brittany Kuck and Jordan Kuck; two great-grandchildren; brother, Melvin (and Louise) Henriksen of Vesta; sisters, Vera Sylte of Ivanhoe, Gladys (and Alton) Beadell of Vesta and Pearl (and Lloyd) Ville of Satellite Beach, Fla.; and nieces, nephews and friends.
Her husband, Allen, son, Arlen, grandson, Jeffrey Penske preceded her in death.