Helen E. Penton, 96, of Batavia, passed away January 15, 2013 at the DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton. She was born July 19, 1916 in Chicago, the daughter of Christ and Frieda (nee Heimel) Unrath. She was united in marriage to Hubert Penton. Helen was a special person, truly appreciated by all who knew her for her wonderful sense of humor, her giving nature, her eternal optimism, her faith, her enthusiasm and zest for life. She loved people, animals, bible class and church, and being active, at work and at play. In her many years of working at the Western Electric cafeteria in West Chicago, she made many friends, and added up food trays in her head faster and more accurately than anyone before or since. She allowed her three kids, when children, to have an amazing array of animals, including, but not limited to dogs, cats, chickens guinea pigs, hamsters, lizards, snakes, injured squirrels and wild birds, frogs, horses, and more. She was always active, rising early in the morning and going to bed late at night, leaving the rest of us yearning to keep pace. She loved to dance, sing, fish, cook, eat, to discuss, and to challenge. She was kind, and would give to others even when she didn’t really have the capacity to give. She lived her life with simplicity and authenticity, and in the final days, when many of us would have given up, she continued to find the small things to be happy about…grace until the end. Those who knew her well will never forget her, will always be grateful for all we learned from her, and will miss her, terribly, each and every day. She is survived by her children Stephen Penton of Batavia, Phillip (Shirley) Penton of Joliet, Kim (Earl Houseman) Penton of Pontiac, MI; grandchildren, Lisa (Bill) Magnuson, Shawn North, David Penton, Phillip (Ashley) Penton Jr., Elizabeth (Michael) Chong, Andrea Penton, Michelle Penton; seven great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lois Dietmeyer; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Hubert; a brother, Al (Virginia) Unrath. Visitation will be held from 4-8 P.M. on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. in Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 950 Hart Road, in Batavia where she will lie in state from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Rev. Ronald Weidler will officiate. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace.
Contributions in Helen’s memory may be directed to alz.org, an organization she had contributed to for many years.