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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Anna Ottine Nyseth Penz, age 86, of Willmar, Minnesota, died on Sunday, December 11, 2005, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. on Thursday December 15, 2005, at East Norway Lutheran Church in rural New London, Minnesota. Arrangements with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. No flowers please. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Anna Ottine Penz was born on April 29, 1919, in Lake Andrew Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, the daughter of Mikael and Inga Mathea (Harbu) Nyseth who were early Norwegian settlers. Anna attended District 104 School. By the time she graduated from eighth grade, she could do math with greater accuracy and speed than her teacher.

Anna worked on local farms and in Minneapolis during her teen years. When World War II broke out she ventured out to California where she made ammunition for the war efforts. There she met handsome young sailor Charles Penz and they were married on Christmas Eve in Alameda, CA. The couple moved to the Midwest living in Newburg and Brazil, Indiana, and Oakwood, Illinois. They raised three children: Michael C. Penz, who now resides in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Suzanne (and Jim) Fattu of West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Barbara Jean (and Tim) Densborn of Buchanan, Michigan. In April of 1991 Charles passed away. In 1992 Anna moved to Willmar, Minnesota to be with her faith community at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church.

Anna was baptized and confirmed at East Norway Lake Lutheran Church in rural New London where she was currently a member and had been active with women's circle. She was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Anna was especially gifted at making people and children feel comfortable. She made teddy bears and quilts, cookies and bread, and gave them all away to family and friends. She embraced her friends with a heartfelt closeness wherever she lived. And, at Christmas time, she was sure to remember every child she knew who didn't have a grandma of their own.

On Sunday, December 11, 2005, Anna died at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar at the age of 86 years. In addition to her children, she is survived by her five grandchildren: Cyndi (and David) Kohler, Waynesville, OH, Alexis (and Del) Doty, Carlsbad, CA, Ann-Jeannette (and Rudy) Vasko, Malvern, PA, Michael (and Khajistha) Fattu, Austin, TX and James C. Fattu, West Chester, PA. She also had five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Anna was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers and sisters.