Penne G. Carpenter


Penne G. Carpenter

June 23, 1943 – November 13, 2019

Age 76

Penny Gail Carpenter was born in Joliet, Illinois, the only child of Chuck and Libby Kuester.  She married Ray Carpenter 53 years ago and moved around the country with him as a proud Air Force wife.  She loved playing golf, traveling with her family, meeting friends for coffee, playing card games, and cheering relentlessly for her beloved Tennessee Volunteers.  She was a teacher, a stay at home mother, an award-winning volunteer, an accountant , an insurance agent, and even a telemarketer.  Her pride and joy was her family.  She spent hours supporting her daughter Gail, her Sonny (as she referred to her son-in-law Chris), and her grandchildren Hayden and Rigley.  She was the type of mother that supported her kid in anything her heart dreamed of doing, and the type of grandmother that simply did not believer in the word no.  Penne was a masterpiece of kindness, trust, and courage.  She had the ability to strike up a conversation with anyone and managed to form life-long friendships everywhere she went.  She leaves behind a legacy of kindness and love, and an irreplaceable presence in our lives.

Preceded in death by parents Charles & Elizabeth Kuester; numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.

Survived by husband of 53 years, Raymond; daughter Gail Carpenter- Johnson (Chris); grandchildren Hayden & Rigley Johnson; many lifelong friends.

Family Meet & Greet Coffee: Tuesday, November 19th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 10:30 am both at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 5410 Corby, Omaha.

Inurnment: Omaha National Cemetery Columbaruim at a later date.

Memorials to be directed by the family.


  • Meagan Van Gelder Posted November 15, 2019 2:10 pm

    Dear, Mrs. CJ and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I see Mrs. Carpenter passed along her teaching skills to her daughter. She raised a great human being. With deepest sympathy, Meagan Van Gelder

  • Westside Community Schools Human Resources Department Posted November 17, 2019 8:03 pm

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to comfort you during this difficult time of mourning.

    Deepest Condolences,
    Westside Human Resources

  • Heather Roach Posted November 22, 2022 10:26 pm

    My parents were talking about Penne and Ray tonight. They were some of their first Air Force friends in Dayton, Ohio. When they moved there from Knoxville, Tennessee, their furniture was on the same truck and it didn’t come for weeks on end. My parents had a wooden box for a table and a tv. Penne and Ray had a coffee pot! They would meet to play card games, drink coffee, play with my oldest brother Steve, and watch tv! Eventually, my parents lost touch with Penne and Ray, but I have heard their names and that story all my life! My parents’ reminiscences prompted me to look online for Penne and Ray. I’m so sorry Penne has passed away, but I thought you might enjoy knowing she is still remembered fondly after 52 years!

  • John Rice Posted January 9, 2024 6:30 pm

    Ray, iam sosorry that your wife Penne has passed. I know it has been a number of years that she has been gone but I just saw this on the Joliet website. I know well how you feel as my wife Emily died this past June 22, 2023. It was quite sudden and I have been in never never land since. I thought it was bad when Moms and Dads pass but this is a whole differentball game! Again my condolences to you and your family…John

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