Susan E. Penkin (Bernard)



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July 5, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas & Martha Bernard; nephew, Peter C. Penkin. She is survived by her loving husband, J. Michael Penkin; daughters, Michele (Kirk) Ellsworth, Ashley Penkin & Jillian Penkin; special “Mommo” to her grandchildren, Caitlin & Jacob Ellsworth; brothers, Thomas (Shannon) Bernard & Peter (Jeneanne) Bernard; brothers-in-law, Peter (Angela) Penkin, Bernie (Debbie) Penkin & Carmen Clar; nieces and nephews, Bridget, Shana, Spencer, Cameron, Madelyn & Maxwell Bernard, Aaron Clar, John & Mike Penkin; her special neighbors on Clematis Street; many dear friends. Susan was an amazing wife, mommy and friend. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff of the Journey Home for their outstanding care of Sue. We would also like to thank the Meeson Family for their kindness and love of Sue. A Service celebrating Susan’s Life will be held, Thursday July 9th, 6 P.M. at the Crescent Beach Restaurant, 1372 Edgemere Drive. (casual attire please) Interment held at the convenience of family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Journey Home or American Lung Association in her memory


  1. Bob Sylvester on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    After the initial shock I could only remember the good times. Want to drive home from Toronto in a blizzard? You’re in my thoughts.

  2. Paula Thomas on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Although I have not seen you since high school, you are one of the people who pop into my thoughts. I’ll never forget you riding the 25 cent kiddie horse outside Woolworths in Northgate Plaza. I think we were in 8th grade and spending the weekend at Marie Vallone’s on Beach Ave. Beautiful inside and out, even in grade school. My sincere sympathy to your family.

  3. Stephanie Chiumento on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ashley and family, I was saddened to hear about your mom. I know how much you loved her. Please know that you are in my thoughts.

  4. Mildred Gedraitis on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mike and girls I have missed seeing Sue go to work and come home and before I could not easily get around we would chat once in a while have chat it is far too soon for her to go love to you all Millie

  5. Trish Covey on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Mike, Michele, Ashley & Jillian, I am so sorry for your loss. Your wife/mother could light up a room just by walking into it. Sue could make me laugh just by looking at me and her spirit was always light and cheerful. I feel honored and blessed to have known her, as everyone else in her life must feel. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

  6. Dennis Farrell on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Sue, How about we used to get some of the ball players and cheerleaders and go over to your moms house for our ‘ get togeathers’. We’d dance to the Beatles and Rolling Stones and laugh lke no tomorrow. Always loved ya Dennis

  7. Susan and Albert Yapjoco on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Hey Sue, I will always remember those great hugs and most your smile! You lit up the room with your warmth and embraced everyone! Today we will go to celebrate your life, you are in a better place now at peace, where there is no pain or sickness! Say hi to my Mom and your Mom for me! You will always live on in the stories we all tell about you! I wish to extend my condolences to your family also remember your Mom lives on through you and your children for generations she will be there. Love and God Bless You All, Sue and Al Yapjoco

  8. John Byrnes on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am very sorry for your loss.You are in my thoughts and prayers. your old mailman ,John

  9. Lorraine Briggs on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I have known Mrs. Penkin since I was a little girl at Holy Cross school. She was one of my favorite play ground ladies when I was growing up, and was sad when she left us. Later in life, I attended high school with her daughter Jill. Her mother was always so happy and smiling. Two years ago, when my father had passed away from lung cancer, she was the one that put his memorial slide show together. She was very supportive of my family, and knew how to make us feel welcomed and cared for. Mrs. Penkin was a marvelous woman that deserved more than this. She will always be remembered with a smile and fondness.

  10. Sue Chatterton Juliana on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I saw Sue two years ago at her job at Meesons, and we had a very nice talk. I remember calling her Grandmas’ house, which was right next door, to get ahold of her when we were going to Sacred Heart, and how lovely your mom was. We had some really good times at your house. You were always a dear one, and I will miss you.

  11. Carol Gillis on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Jill, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. It was always a pleasure to talk with her. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Mama G.

  12. Tim Donahue on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mike, Ashley and family, my family’s thoughts and prayers have been with you. Our mother and your wife and mother shared the final precious days together at Journey Home. I am sure they are in Heaven now looking down on us all. Ashley your help and caring with my Mom’s funeral is greatly appreciated. God Bless you and your family.

  13. Kathy & Terry Anderson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our deepest sympathy to Mike and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Tracey and David McManus on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. May you find comfort that she is at peace now and resting in the arms of the Lord.

  15. Cindy Vieau Alger on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sue and I were classmates at Sacred Heart and Nazareth Academy – and lived near each other near Aquinas. I remember the many fun get togethers at Sue’s house – listening to music and on one day we tried to play a record backwards as we had heard that it had a message if played that way. So many memories of so many good times. Sue was always such a sweetie. I have thought of her often since high school, when we all moved away on our separate paths. I am sorry for your loss. She was truly a special person – and I picture her now up in heaven winning at a ‘limbo dance contest’.

  16. Barbara Snell Grady on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Sue was my childhood friend and classmate at Sacred Heart and Nazareth Academy. We lost contact over the years but I remember her smiles and fun ways and am so sorry that she has died. My sympathy you all of her family.

  17. Pamela, Scott, Scottie & Luke Meeson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Susan’s Beloved Family, Words cannot express our grief in losing our sweet Susan, however we are consoled in knowing she has made her journey home & has made an awesome addition to God’s family in Heaven. We will miss her so much! Sue was an incredible woman & had the most amazing attitude. Her love of life is a true testament to all who knew her. Susan’s sweet smile will now shine down on you from Heave & her legacy will continue on through all of you. We are praying for your family and may you feel God’s arms embracing you through this immense heartache & loss. We love you- Scott, Pam, Scottie & Luke

  18. carl and jo ann clawson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    tom and pete sorry about your loss my condolence to your whole family this system keeps knocking us down but some how we bounce back with help from our friends and you have a lot of those so keep strong and know that the one consultation is that her suffering is over. i will remember your sister in my prayers.. love carl and jo ann

  19. Debbie Briggs on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Where do I start? Sue and myself & my children go way back at Holy Cross. My children all loved her while attending school there. Ironically, 2 years ago, my husband passed of lung cancer & was at Vay-Schleigh & Meeson – upon delivering photographs for a video memorial, Sue sought us out and hugged myself and all my children. She remembered us all & openly admitted that while she was doing the video for my husband’s showing, she wept openly because as she put it, ‘I knew most of the people in your family pictures. And I just wanted you to know that I’ve done nothing but think of you and the kids this whole week; they were ‘my’ kids when they weren’t with you!’ When my children saw who was the ‘video’ creator, they were all smiles & hugs for Sue, reminiscing with her about their ‘Holy Cross’ days & how much they missed her now that they were high schoolers! Take it from someone who knows: even though your hearts are aching, you must take the words that Sue offered to us while standing in the office at Vay-Schleich & Meeson. She told me, ‘you take the memories of your husband and tuck them into that big hole in your heart. This is what will make you feel safe & to never forget the good, the bad & everything in between. This is what will get you through.’ So, now I offer to you that same advice – and it works too. Time heals, but the memories tucked into the hole in your heart, helps you get through each day. My love & prayers to Sue’s family – she was a wonderful, caring & thoughtful person to everyone she came in contact with.

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