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Sharon J. Penner - obit

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Sharon J. Penner - obit

Posted: 1055270075000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1069809701000
Surnames: Penner, Ginther, Wettschurack
Taken from the Plain Dealer in Wabash, Indiana .......... Friday, June 06, 2003

Farming accident kills county woman

By the Plain Dealer staff

A Wabash County woman was killed Friday morning in a farming accident on her farm in rural Urbana.

The woman, Sharon Penner, 46, 4913 E. Ind. 16, was pronounced dead at the scene by Wabash County Coroner Marilyn McDonald.

According to Det. Capt. Mike Shrider of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, Mrs. Penner’s husband, Vern, called to report the incident to the sheriff’s department at 8:24 a.m.

Shrider said Penner told police he and his wife had been loading cattle onto a trailer when he went to take care of a bull.

He told police he heard the gate rattle and went to check on Mrs. Penner.

Shrider said it is believed that she was trampled by the three cows she was attempting to load.

A veterinarian was called to the scene to take blood samples from the cows.

Shrider said they want to eliminate the possibility of the cattle having any kind of illness that would cause them to act strangely.

The incident is still under investigation pending results of an autopsy. Indiana State Police trooper Dave Rich is assisting in the investigation. Wabash Fire Department and Urbana first responders also were on the scene.

Mrs. Penner coached girls basketball at Northfield Junior High, and was an assistant coach for girls tennis at Northfield High School.

Taken from the Plain Dealer in Wabash, Indiana .......... Monday, June 9, 2003

NORTH MANCHESTER — Sharon J. Penner, 46, rural North Manchester, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2003, at her home.

She was born on March 11, 1957, in Lafayette, to Ralph and Betty (Ginther) Wettschurack. They survive in Otterbein. She married Vern R. Penner on July 18, 1981, in Otterbein. He survives.

Mrs. Penner was a homemaker and a farmer. She graduated from Harrison High School, near Lafayette, and graduated from and played basketball at Indiana State University. She coached fifth and sixth grade girls' basketball and volleyball at Sharp Creek Elementary School, eighth grade girls' basketball, and assisted the girls' varsity tennis coach at Northfield High School. She also officiated fifth and sixth grade boys' and girls' basketball.

She was a reading buddy for Mrs. Norman's special education class at Sharp Creek and taught hydrorobics in North Manchester. She was a lifeguard for the special education class at White's Residential and Family Services. She was active in 4-H and loved her family. She was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, where she taught the four- and five-year-old Sunday School class and taught vacation Bible school.

Also surviving are three daughters, Trisha Kay Penner, Amy Lynn Penner and Christy Marie Penner, all of North Manchester; a son, Tim John Penner, North Manchester; and two brothers, David (Deb) Wettschurack, Fowler, and Larry (Kathy) Wettschurack, Warsaw.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ. John Fernandez will officiate. Burial will be in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the Grandstaff-Hentgen Manchester Avenue Chapel.

Preferred memorials are to the Northfield girls' athletic department.

The memorial guest book for Mrs. Penner can be signed on-line at

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