Penner, Elizabeth Dickman (1875-1906)

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Elizabeth Dickman Penner, b. 29 October 1875 (17 October O.S.) in Rudnerweide, Molotschna Colony, South Russia. She was the daughter of Heinrich Dickman (15 September 1839 - 11 February 1901) and Elizabeth (Nickel) Dickman (25 February 1836 - 16 November 1899). Elizabeth married Peter A. Penner (2 April 1871, Belo Sirko, South Russia - 21 October 1949, Newton, Kansas, USA) on 17 June 1900 in Mountain Lake, MN. Peter was the son of Abraham Penner (7 February 1849 - 6 November 1940) and Maria (Buhler) Penner (8 July 1847 - 4 April 1911). Elizabeth and Peter had two daughters, Mariam and Linda, who lived less than two years. Elizabeth d. 3 January 1906 from thrombosis in Calcutta, India and was buried in the Lower Circular Road cemetery in Calcutta.

Elizabeth came to America at the age of a few months when her parents migrated from South Russia to Mountain Lake, MN. Elizabeth's education was limited; she attended Bethel College for one year. Together with her husband Peter and J. F. and Susanna Kroeker, she was one of the four missionaries sent to India to pioneer the first overseas mission work of the General Conference Mennonite Church. She helped in the establishing of the Bethesda Leprosy home and endured the often depressing loneliness of those early years.


The Mennonite (15 February 1906): 4-5.

GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 4.26 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006.

Author(s) Ruth Ratzlaff
Date Published 1987

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, p. 688. All rights reserved.

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