Pennie Ann (Wilging) Whisler

April 03, 1950 ‒ February 25, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Pennie Whisler only gave birth three times, yet she had hundreds of children. Her life was well spent investing in children and young people – all with a humble spirit becoming of a Christian wife and mother.

Pennie was ushered into heaven Thursday February 25, 2016 from her Mansfield home. She was 65.

Born Pennie Ann Wilging April 3, 1950 in Mansfield to Eugene R. “Gene” and Dorothy M. “Dot” (Hulit) Wilging, she was graduated from Madison High School in 1968. She earned her Bachelors degree in Family & Life Science from The Ohio State University and embarked on a 30-year teaching career.

Pennie taught home economics in North Ridgeville, and substitute taught while raising her boys. She hit-her-stride when, in 1995, she began with Springfield City Schools and started with the GRADS Program in the JVS, teaching pregnant teen parents in the district. She didn’t just teach, Pennie became a mother-figure and fearlessly loved those girls, investing in them and their success. She later operated a similar program for Greene County Vocational School. Pennie’s needle skills, along with her compassionate heart, compelled her to make a quilt for each of her student’s babies.

Pennie taught the home arts, but she also enjoyed them: knitting, crocheting, quilting, cooking, and humbly shared her knowledge when asked.

Active in the Christian faith, Pennie had served as treasurer during her 20-plus years of membership and ministry to children at First Baptist Church in Urbana and treasurer of Western Baptist Association. She later joined Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as treasurer, and worked with VBS, Kids Club, and Kids Hope – mentoring children during their lunch hour. Pennie was currently a member of Clear Fork Alliance Church, active with Ladies Book Club, Home Group and volunteering with Richland Pregnancy Services.

Remembered for her compassionate heart, generosity, and selflessness, Pennie was a strong woman who saw the value of working with children, and delighted in her beautiful grandchildren. Pennie loved and invested in her family to create a loving environment where Christ was the center and her children pursued God and His calling on their lives, to live in a way that honors the Lord (Micah 6:8).

She is survived by her husband Ted Whisler; their sons Ryan & Jennifer Whisler of Canal Winchester; Matthew & Amy Whisler of Springfield and Michael & Megan Whisler of Mansfield; grandchildren Brecklin, Addikin, Bella, Annie, Kinley, and a granddaughter on the way; sister Vickie & Phil Wittmer of Mansfield; brother Mark & Laura Wilging of Mansfield; brother-in-law Nelson & Kay Whisler of Lexington; along with nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Her parents are deceased.

The Whisler family will receive friends Monday, February 29, 2016 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a service celebrating her heaven-going will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. Pastors Michael V. Stine and Scott Fetter will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in her memory to Gideons International may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Ted and Family:

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Pennie. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • My dear Vicky and Phil….We send you our deep sympathy and want you to know we will be praying for you, and your family. Asking God to give you peace and comfort during this hard time.
    Our love and Prayers
    Paul and Peggy Ludwig

  • We are so sorry to hear about Pennie. Keeping your family in our prayers. May His Peace bring you comfort in your sadness.

  • Bryan I’m very sorry for you lose. I do understand your pain. God bless you an Jen. Love you both

  • So sorry for your loss of aloved one; Pennie. God’s strength be bountiful during this journey of life. PRAYERS and love to you all.Beth

  • I am so sorry to hear about Pennie’s passing, but I know she has passed on to a better place. You have my thoughts and prayers as well as my sympathy . May you have many of God’s blessings to comfort you and to keep His arms around you in this difficult time.

  • I was so surprised and sorry to hear of Pennie’s passing on. Her family is in my prayers. I pray that your memories will help you find peace. She’ll always be with you in your hearts. God bless you and support you though this difficult time.

  • I am so sorry for the Whistler family. I worked with Ted at Mechanicsburg and had the privilege of having son Matt and daughter–in-law Amy as students. Please know that your family is in my prayers

  • Esther and I want to send our condolences to you, Ted, for your loss. We were able to spend some special time getting to know you on our recent mission trip to Thailand. We were so saddened on the trip to hear about your son’s injury – and then this happens! We can not imagine what you must be going through. We thank God that you have such a strong faith and hope He will help to get you through this crisis! Our prayers and best wishes are with you and your family in this very difficult time. – Esther and Jerry Arnold

  • There is a special place in heaven for Mothers of sons who’s band practiced in her basement. To Matt & all the family, we are holding you close in our hearts . May our Lord surround you in his loving arms & give you his strength & peace.

  • Love to the Whisler/Wilging families.
    I am sad to hear about Penny. I pray God’s PEACE will bring you strength and comfort at this time.
    Hugs to you all. Nancy Lehnhart

  • Dear Vicki & Family,
    I grew up with your family at Park Ave, Baptist Church, and served with them at Diamond Hills Baptist. Penny, like all, loving first of her Lord, hard working and sincere. May you feel the comfort from the Lord at this time. Marcia & Dale Wolf

  • Our hearts were broken to hear that Penny went home to be with the Lord. Ted, we are so sorry. We are so thankful to have gotten to spend time with you and Penny these last months. Know that we are praying for you and your family. We are in Florida for a few weeks so not able to support you at calling hours and the service. Penny had a life well lived. May you feel God’s arms around you and rest in His promises.

    Ken and Joyce Hubert

  • Ted Iam so very sorry in your loss of a good wife and Mother of your three sons. Please find comfort in knowing she’s ok and home. Also find comfort in the memories you shared. Thought and prAyers are with you and your family. In His love , Eva Kinner

  • Ted and family, We are so sorry to hear of Pennie’s “going home”, but delight in knowing her peace with our Lord. Praying that God wraps His arms tightly around all of you to give you comfort at this emotional time.
    Mike and Patti Conrad Urbana

  • Dear Ted and family,

    So sorry to read of Pennie’s passing. Too young for sure. She will be so missed.

    Thinking of you with deep Sympathy to each of you.

    I worked with Pennie at Keifer for several years and we had much fun.


    Mary Goheen

  • I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Pennie, but I am fortunate to be able to call her son, Mike, a friend. Obviously, Pennie was a very kind and giving woman. She also clearly was a great mother; Mike is a reflection of that. Mike is the hardest working person I know, loves his family and is an all around good person.

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers,
    MacKenize and Josh Cass

  • Ted, Matt & Family – so sorry to hear of your loss. Penny will be ever remembered by the Hepp family.

  • Ted, Matt & family – so sorry to hear of you loss. Penny will ever be remembered by the Hepp family as a very giving person.