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Penelope Penny Witte passes at age 71

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Penelope Witte, known to family and friends as Penny, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday September 26, at Life Care Center of Valparaiso where she had lived for 21 years.

Penny was born November 13, 1948, in Valparaiso, IN, to Louella and Leonard Witte, along with her twin sister Pamela (Evans).

Penny grew up in Chesterton and was involved in many activities with her family and friends. She graduated from Chesterton High School in 1966 and attended college at Purdue North Central off and on during her working life. While living at LifeCare, Penny attended Ivy Tech and earned a bachelorís degree in information technology. She was involved in bowling throughout her life, and held office in the Womenís Bowling Association. She traveled to many national tournaments and wrote the weekly bowling column in the Michigan City newspaper. Penny also played softball, and was involved in town politics for a time. She worked at Jaymar-Ruby, Purdue North Central and was the administrative assistant to the dean of special education at The University of Illinois at Chicago. Penny was an avid fan of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. She loved spending time with her family, and was very involved with her nieces and nephews as they grew up. Penny was a source of laughter and fun in the lives she touched, and she would never hesitate to assert her opinion in the face of opposition.

Penny is survived by sisters Pamela Evans and Linda Hodges, brother-in-law Dennis Evans, niece Amy Evans (Williams), nephews Denny Evans, Alex Evans and J.D. Hodges, cousin Deborah Sinclair and several great-nieces and -nephews.

In lieu of donations, the family asks that memorials be sent to Life Care Center of Valparaiso. The family is sincerely thankful to LifeCare for the quality care and love that was given to Penny every day that she was there.

A celebration of life will be held at Gelsosomoís Pizza in Chesterton on November 22, beginning at 12 p.m., where you can come and share your favorite memory of Penny.



Posted 10/5/2020




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