Penny L. Ripani

Oct. 18, 1959 – Jan. 5, 2011

Penny L. Ripani, 51, of Oshkosh, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Hospice of Cherry Meadows after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Penny was born in Waukesha to Domenic and the late Jean Ripani. She graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1977 and received an associate’s degree in arts from the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

She is lovingly survived by her longtime companion, Russell Jensen of Oshkosh, who cared for her until her death. She is further survived by her sisters, Donna Kuchler (Gerard) of Waukesha and Dr. Linda (Paul) Welniak of Shorewood; her brother, Lawrence Ripani of Waukesha; a daughter, Jolene Hollenberger; and a grandson, Sammy. Penny will be deeply missed by her nieces and nephews, Anthony Cotton, Andrew Cotton, Natalie Cotton, Bob Welniak, Marilyn Welniak and Raelene Ripani. She is further survived by many aunts, uncles and more than 40 cousins.

Penny will be remembered for her great love of music, wonderful piano playing and her kind heart. She was a caregiver to many during her life.

Inurnment will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha.

Konrad-Behlman Funeral Homes & Crematory is serving the family. For more information, call 920-231-1510 or visit online at www.konrad-behlman.com.