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Catherine "Katie" Lewis / Van Rysel Penner
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1910
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1961
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA

Catherine Lewis / Van Rysel was born is Missouri on or about 15 Sep 1910 in St. Louis, St. Louis (Independent City), MO.

She was part of a triplet birth (two females, one male); the children were put in the care of a St. Louis orphanage. At an early age Catherine was put into foster care with Lena and Peter Van Rysel of St. Louis, MO.

Catherine lost track of her siblings in her early twenties and they were never reunited. She was never sure of her birth name, and besides Catherine Lewis she also used the name Dolly Mae Lewis and her foster name, Catherine Van Rysel.

Catherine married Otto J Penner Jr. in Granite City, Madison, Illinois on 25 Mar 1933. The couple had three daughters, Martha, Catherine and Audrey.

Her death occurred on 7 Jul 1961 in St. Louis, Missouri after a long battle with abdominal cancer. She was buried at St. Matthew Cemetery, St. Louis, on 11 Jul 1961.

Besides her daughters, Catherine left behind five grand daughters and one grandson.

Catherine was a talented seamstress and cook; she needed no patterns or recipes, just an idea and ingredients. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Isaac Peter Lewis (1879 - 1910)
 
 Spouse:
  Otto Johann Penner (1905 - 1974)*
 
 Children:
  Martha Johanna Penner Petrillo (1932 - 1971)*
  Catherine Joanna Viola Penner Dickerson (1933 - 1996)*
  Audrey Hellen June Penner Tice (1934 - 2011)*
 
 Sibling:
  Infant Daughter Lewis (1906 - 1906)*
  Catherine Lewis / Van Rysel Penner (1910 - 1961)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Matthew Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 10 Lot 54
 
Created by: Cathy A Dickerson Champi...
Record added: Apr 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68868980
Catherine Katie <i>Lewis / Van Rysel</i> Penner
Added by: Cathy A Dickerson Champion
 
Catherine Katie <i>Lewis / Van Rysel</i> Penner
Added by: Susan Ing
 
Catherine Katie <i>Lewis / Van Rysel</i> Penner
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Added by: Melvin F. Weiss
 
 
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I love you Grandma.
- Cathy A Dickerson Champion
 Added: Sep. 2, 2014
Learning about your life has taught me so much. I hope to learn who your siblings and birth parents were so that I can tell their descendants your story.
- Cathy A Dickerson Champion
 Added: Apr. 30, 2012
Love you, grandma!
- Cathy A Dickerson Champion
 Added: Apr. 24, 2011
 
 
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