Jean Frances (Ardolf) Penas, age 75, of Glencoe, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Glencoe Long Term Care after a short battle with gallbladder cancer.
A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake, with Father Paul Schumacher as the principal concelebrant. Alice Nowak will be the organist, and the adult choir will provide special music. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Silver Lake.
There was visitation Sunday, March 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake, with a Rosary Society rosary, a CCW rosary, followed by parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued Monday morning at the funeral home, prior to the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.mareshfuneralhome.com.
Jean was born Jan. 29, 1942, at the Glencoe hospital, to Francis and Evelyn Ardolf, and grew up on her parent’s farm east of Silver Lake. As a teenager, she helped her parents run the hardware store in Silver Lake.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church, attended St. Joseph Catholic School through eighth grade, and graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1959.
Jean and Ron Penas were united in marriage May 23, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Silver Lake. They shared 55 years of marriage, and were blessed with two boys, Michael and Robert.
Jean was a faithful member of the Church of the Holy Family, Rosary Society, CCW, the Adult Choir, and the Guatemala Mission Group.
She was a very talented and crafty person, enjoying crocheting, embroidery, and ceramics.
Jean was the local florist for many years, and had owned her business out of her home, Jean’s Floral and Craft, for the past 20-plus years. This business quickly turned into a family affair as she taught her two daughters-in-law the art of floral design so they could help her, and Ron quickly became the family delivery man.
Jean gained many customers through word-of-mouth referrals, and was well known throughout the area. Her favorites were the interesting and complex arrangements she was asked to design.
She enjoyed many vacations with friends and family, and was especially proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. When the grandchildren were old enough, she took each of them to visit the mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala to show and teach them about helping others. She was looking forward to seeing her last grandchild graduate from high school, and seeing in person what happens behind the scenes at NASCAR and ARCA races.
Jean is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ron Penas; sons and daughters-in-law Michael (Lori) Penas, and Robert (Peni) Penas; grandchildren Jennifer Penas of Utica, NY, Andrew and Evelyn Penas of Silver Lake, and Francis Penas of Mooresville, NC; brothers and sisters-in-law Elaine (Jerome) Hemerick, Val (Robert) Shamla, and LeRoy (Judy) Penas; and numerous friends and other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Evelyn Ardolf; and in-laws Frank and Emma Penas.