Penelope “Penny” Kerber of Springfield passed from this life on April 10th at St. John’s Hospital. Her husband Donny was at her side as she passed. She was born March 5, 1968 in Bemidji, MN to Richard and Colleen Crawford Grams. She married Donny Kerber on May 20, 2000.
The disease which took her body never infected her soul. Even in the midst of a painful disease she continued to be sensitive and comforting to her caretakers. Her ability to empathize with everyone she met created a magnificent circle of friends who held a “Party with the Pope” for her in July of 2012. The “Party with the Pope” was a living testimonial from the people who had felt the warmth and authenticity of her personality. Her nick name was “Pope” which resulted from her name being misspelled and then mispronounced resulting in her being called Pope! Her nom de plume became a term of endearment used by all her friends reminding everyone that she was a special person whose personality had touched them all very deeply.
Penelope received an Associate’s Degree in automotive technology from the St. Cloud, MN Area Technical College and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois in Springfield. The combination of her educational background and her interest in everyone’s personal stories helped make her Salesperson of the Year for many years at Saturn of Springfield.
She was a member of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
She had a lifelong love of animals, the outdoors and had many gardens. She could fillet a walleye or skin a squirrel but her charm of creatures was epitomized by her years of riding in the Kahoka Missouri mule show. Her favorite mule was named April. Penny and April were an affectionate pair and wonderful entertainment for April’s adoring public.
Penny became an avid and accomplished pool player. She played in various tournaments and leagues in Springfield and across the state. Her best shot was when she met her future husband Donny at a pool league.
Penny is survived by her husband Donny Kerber; her mother Colleen Grams of St. Louis, MO; her father Richard Grams of La Crosse, WI; her sister Rhonda Conover of Springfield; maternal grandpa, Leo (Shirley) Crawford of Rochester; paternal grandma, Louise Grams of Little Falls, MN; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; her dog Bernie and her cats “Miss Kittie” and “Tipsy” who guard Penelope and Donny’s house against vagrant mice.
Her maternal grandma, Rose Crawford and paternal grandpa, Melvin Grams, preceded her in death.
Memorial Mass: 10 am, Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Peter Harman officiating.
Celebration of Life: 3 pm, Saturday, April 20, 2013 at KC Hall, Devereux Heights.
Celebration of Life: 3 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Linden Park Resort on East Battle Lake, Henning, MN. (319)322-8853
Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.
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Donny. We were so sad to learn of your wife's passing.My prayers are with you. Jerrie (Errett ) Southwick & Family Pawnee Il.
"We are so sorry for your loss, Donnie words can not express....You are in our prayers and thoughts...Love Tommy and Shun Koslosky
I met Penelope when I bought my first Saturn, and purchased my second from her as well. Every time I went in to have my car serviced, I always looked for her and enjoyed our chats. She was an amazing person, that had a vibrant personality that just shined through. I am very sorry for your loss.
Donny, Michael and I will never forget the time we were blessed with to spend with you and Penelope on our Alaskan cruise. I thank God for have put the two of you in our path. Penelope was a wonderful, loving, funny, brave and very inspiring woman. Our prayers are with you.
I am so grateful that God crossed my path with your "awesome,hilarious, and caring" wife! She always could bring a smile to my face..even when she was feeling the worst. I am so sorry for your loss and as Always and forever you and Penelope will be in my thoughts and prayers.She touched me in ways I can't even explain. With sympathy, Theresa Petrella
Donny, Michael and I are sorry for your loss. I never met her but she must have been a very special person. You are in our prayers.
I'am sorry for your loss,Donnie. You are in my prayers and throughts. Love Natalie Payne
Pope, I pray you are at peace now. You are very loved and will be greatly missed.
Penelope you will be greatly missed. We love you. Louis and Mary Jo Carter.
Kevin & Kristy Hawkins posted on 4/16/13
We love & miss you Pope... Your smile, kindness, wisdom & love will forever be in our hearts...