The Penner Rempel Adrian Connection -Classen Book
This is my web site of stories and history of the PENNER family and ancestors immigrating from Prussia to Russia to Kansas--and in particular the Funk ancestors.
I will be adding more names including our Gaede, Loewen, Jost, Regehr, Dirksen/Duerksen, Goossen, Leppke, and Fenske names.
Also included is the Sperling side including Ewy, Harms, Isaac, Born, Rempel, Albert, Feierherrn/Frierhelm, and Thiessen names.
Obituary of Abraham A. Penner
Russia to Kansas January 22, 1841 -- September 12, 1922
Abraham A Penner and Wilhelmina Funk Penner
daughters Katharina and Maria and young son Abraham F Penner
estimate date of photo 1887-1888 Sagradovka Colony, South Russia
Abraham A. Penner, our father and husband, was born January 21, 1841, in the
village of Rudnerweide, South Russia. His father died before he was born and
lost his mother in the seventh year of his life. He was raised then by
Janzen in Schardau in a Christian way and he was baptized when he was 20 and
joined the Mennonite Church. When he was 24 he was married to Elizabeth
Kessler, Berdjansk, and this marriage lasted for six and one half
years. They had
no children. Later in 1871 he extended the hand of marriage to me, the now
grieving widow, Minnie Funk Penner. We shared a life of joys and sorrows
until his death.
The Lord blessed our marriage with 13 children, six sons and seven
which nine children have gone into eternity, and four are still alive. He was
grandfather to fifteen grandchildren. In the year of 1899 he with his family
emigrated to America. This was with much prayer because he did not have the
finances. He became confident in God that He would help him through. He later
gave himself more to the Lord, that he could believe that God had forgiven
and by grace he could be saved. Shortly before his death he reaffirmed this,
wished so much that he could be released from his suffering. He was sick for
and one half months. He reached the age of 82 years and 8 months. His illness
bronchial inflamation. We look toward to a joyous reunion in heaven.
Mother and Children
Zionsbote, October 25, 1922 page
Translated by Elfreda Fast and Kathy Sperling
Penner Gaede Photos
Johann Funk Family Line
Jost Family Homes
Mike Dirksen's Genealogy
Genealogy of the Brothersfield Russian Mennonite Immigrants
[Abraham and Sarah Funk Derksen - sister to Minnie Funk Penner] among MANY others
near Parker, South Dakota (1874 to 1884) then New Home, North Dakota has moved to Ancestry.com
Lots of information on the Derksens/ Dureksens is located there.
My Dutch Mennonite Cooking
The Polish-Prussian Mennonite Kitchen
by Norma Jost Voth
Mennonite Girls can Cook blog
Polish Ukrainian Cooking