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December 6, 2011 > Obituary: Margaret V. Penkor

Obituary: Margaret V. Penkor

July 5, 1918 - December 1, 2011

Born in Connellsville, PA, on July 5, 1918, Margaret V. Penkor left us in Fremont, CA, on December 1, 2011. She was 93 and lived a rich, full life.

Margaret was the last surviving child of five children born to Clementine and Ferdinand Armen; siblings Joseph Armen (86), Fred Armen (95), Robert Armen (97) and Helen Baldwin, R.N. (82) had already departed. She was a first-generation American of parents who came to the United States from Italy through Ellis Island at the turn of the last century.

Whenever someone leaves this life, there are always many stories to share and so it is with Mom. The following is a story that best shows Mom's greatest talent - never giving up and always believing in those she loved.

During World War II, Dennis' father (John James Wolfe) was stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, scheduled to go to the Pacific Theater for battles unknown. Mom went to her friend, General Joseph Stillwell's assistant, for help to keep him stateside. She asked Mom if Dad could cook and, without missing a beat, Mom said that he could. He was immediately assigned to the Fort Ord Mess Hall.

The truth was Dad could not even boil water... but that did not deter Mom. She believed he could do it and did he ever! His cooking skills after WWII led him to become a top chef and ultimately part owner of a well known restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. Dad passed away in 1979.

Mom never accepted failure and never worried about the future. She always had faith that everything always worked out. She proved this by how she lived. She will always be in our hearts and will always be missed.

Locally, she is survived by her devoted husband and life partner of 26 years, Walter Penkor, and her son, Dennis Wolfe. Mom is also survived by several nephews and nieces with many grand and great nephews and nieces. She was loved by many friends in Fremont who came to know her and enjoy her famous smile. On behalf of Mom we extend our deepest gratitude to all who visited her or called to check in on her especially over the past few months.

There will be no services and simply ask that if you feel so inclined, please make a donation to the American Heart Association.

In Loving Memory, your Son,

Dennis

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