Barbara C. Penner
January 7, 2018

Visitation Information

January 10 2018 - 10:30 am
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Funeral Information

January 10 2018 - 12:00 pm
Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

PENNER, BARBARA C.: Age 61 of Pittsburgh, on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Beloved wife of Roy Penner. Loving mother of Jayme (Paul) and Matthew. Sister of David (Rita) Cohen and Richard (Val) Cohen. Barb made strong and lasting connections with so many people in every stage of her life. She made a difference in her work as a behavioral therapist and as an Employee Assistance Program counselor. Most recently, she helped create and grow the nonprofit initiative STANDING FIRM where she worked with employers to help create safe workplaces that are supportive of domestic violence victims. Services at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12 Noon. Visitation at Temple prior to services, (10:30 AM - 12 Noon). Interment Homewood Cemetery, Star of David Section. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Standing Firm at Women's Center and Shelter, PO Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.


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Roy, Jayme, Matthew, I am so deeply deeply sorry for your loss. When I think of Barb, I feel love. Always. I can hear her saying "sweetie" and see her smiling and chuckling as I hear it. She owns a piece of real estate in my heart, always has - from the day we met until now and forever. Her smile, her voice, her kindness, her ability to accept us all in all our imperfections and ability to help us see ourselves with her eyes was a gift that I am honored to ever have received. I loved her vastly. My heart hurts as I know yours do too. With great love and sadness, MJ

By MaryJean, (MJ) - January 10, 2018

Roy, I saw you so recently at Murray's funeral, and now this. I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I didn't get to know Barbara, she sounds like she has a great spirit. And clearly she was a loving wife and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Howie

By Howard Smith - January 10, 2018

I am so deeply saddened and so very sorry for your loss. Barb always had a kind smile and a warm hug. She was so kind. May her memory be for a blessing.

By Jackie Braslawsce - January 09, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you Roy and Jamie and Matthew. Loss of a great woman and friend.

By Chris Coburn - January 09, 2018

We were so fortunate to meet Barb when we first moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. She welcomed us to the neighborhood, community and into her home. She loved and lived life to the fullest and we know her spirit and zest will live on in those she loved so much-her devoted family and dear friends. We send our deepest condolences and prayers at this time. With much love - the Harris Family

By Rebecca Harris - January 09, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Fred and Leslie Bonci

By Leslie Bonci - January 09, 2018

Sending all of you my sincerest sympathy. May Barb’s name always be for a blessing.

By Harold Marcs - January 09, 2018

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved wife and mother. May only joyous memories of her help sustain you in the difficult days and weeks ahead.

By Janice and Larry Grumet - January 09, 2018