Item 001 - Anne Penner

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CA MHC PP-photos 741-001


Anne Penner


  • 1906 - 1959 (Creation)

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7 x 11.5 cm: [b&w]

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Anne Penner was born in 1916 in Rosenfeld, Manitoba to her mother Helena Loeppky (1883-1918) and father Abraham Penner (1877-1970). Her mother died of the flu and Anne was raised by her aunt and uncle, John Leoppky (1885-1947) and Maria Epp (1882-1970). Anne had two older brothers, 4 step-siblings, her sister Mary, and adoptive brother Cornelius. Penner had her elementary schooling in Rosenfeld until grade 9 and continued to do High School in Altona, Manitoba. After High School, Anne graduated from the Winnipeg Bible Institute, followed by graduation from Winnipeg Grace Hospital with a nursing R.N. degree in 1945. Friends such as J.N. Hoeppner and Margaret Moody from a school Mission Camp influenced her to become a missionary. She originally planned to do her missionary work in Africa but after hearing of the need for nurses in India, Anne left for India in 1946. After her six week boat trip departing from Newton, Kansas to Mumbai, India Penner travelled inland to Raipur which was the closest city to Champa where she worked in the General Conference Mennonite Mission in India. She worked in Champa hospital for 7 ½ years. Penner learned Hindu and became the superintendent of nursing. After her time in Champa she took furlough to travel back to Canada but soon returned to India where she worked in Jagdishpur for the remainder of her time. Penner spent a total of 34 years in India. Penner returned to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1980 where she lived in Bethel Place seniors’ home until her death in 1996.

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Photograph of Anne Penner in nurse's uniform, in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Price: 5.00
Megapixels: 1.4
Resolution: 942x1488

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