In loving memory of

Gertrude "Dottie" Pennington 10/11/2021
July 31, 1932 - October 11, 2021

Gertrude "Dottie" Pennington, 89, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Interment will take place at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown. Memorials may be directed to Redeemer Lutheran Church or Iowa River Hospice, both of Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to

Gertrude "Dottie" Pennington was born July 31, 1932 in Gideon, Missouri to Wilson and Grace (Osborne) Brown. Dottie was united in marriage to Dennis Bornholdt on October 2, 1948 in Clinton, Iowa. The couple had two children together and lived in the Davenport area until his passing in 1952. Dottie later moved with her children to Tucson, Arizona where she met the second love of her life, Charles (Chuck) Pennington. Dottie and Chuck were married on April 18, 1956 in Tucson where Chuck was stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Dottie and Chuck went on to have two children together and Chuck adopted Dottie's two daughters from her first marriage. As a military family, they moved often throughout their lives, being stationed mainly in the Southwest United States and West Germany. In 1974 they retired from military life and moved back to Chuck's hometown of Marshalltown, Iowa. Throughout her life Dottie worked at various jobs in retail sales/accounting, finishing her career at Younkers in Marshalltown in the late 1980's. Her one true calling, however, was as a loving Mom and Grandmother to her large extended family. After retirement, Dottie and Chuck loved wintering in Texas where he would fish and she would read and visit with friends. Dottie was active in various churches throughout her life and was a member of Redeemer Lutheran church at the time of her passing. Dottie enjoyed reading, baking, gardening, playing cards, quilting, sewing and crocheting, but mostly she loved spending time with family and friends. In 2016 Dottie and Chuck moved to The Embers where she loved making new friends, playing cards, tossing bean bags and many other activities. Dottie will be truly missed by her family and friends.

Dottie is survived by her three children; Linda (David) Schroeder of San Antonio, Texas, Brad (Kathy) Pennington of Marshalltown, Iowa, Audrey (Skip) McConnell of Eldora, Iowa, two brothers, Dale Brown of Missouri and Norman Brown of Kansas, 11 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 27 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands, a daughter, Debbie Stotts, a grandson, Daniel Schroeder, a great granddaughter, Chyanne Wind, two sisters and seven brothers.


Judy kinsinger wrote on Oct 24, 2021:

"My dear sweet Dottie was always so kind and caring to me and Roger. She will be greatly missed and was thought of often so many times we talked about the Pennington family. You all have a special place in our hearts and God will be be with you as you go through this time of loss. Hugs to all of you wish we could be there Judy and Roger Kinsinger"

Daryl and Pauline Bennett wrote on Oct 13, 2021:

"Dear Pennington family, We feel so blessed to know and have known Dottie, the matriarch of your family. We have fond memories of events and talking in church. Dottie always had kind word, a smile, and a hug. Had forgotten that she shared Esther?s birthday and she always remembered that. We will be thinking of you on Thursday as you grieve and more importantly celebrate her life and your family memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Daryl and Pauline Bennett"

Melissa Sears wrote on Oct 13, 2021:

"We are so sorry to hear of Dottie's passing. James and Chuck were on jury duty together and somehow realized they were related. For many years, we exchanged Christmas cards. I hadn't met Dottie until one day at Hobby Lobby when I stopped her (recognizing her from Facebook) and introduced myself. I had become very fond of her through Facebook and the lovely cards. You can tell from all of the posts she made and those made by her family, she loved you all and was loved so much. Prayers to you all. James and Melissa Sears"

Stephanie wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Aunt Gertie was a special lady and just saying her name makes me smile knowing she was a part of our wonderful family! Aunt Gertie gave the best warming hugs that just made you feel so loved and so warm inside. She lit up the room with her smile and personality! Fly high Aunt Gertie you will be so missed but know you are happy to be reunited with the other loved ones up there!! Until we meet again I love you lots Fly High!!"

Betty Fitzpatrick wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Aunt Gertie was always a positive sunshine when she was around you! Many times she told me to keep my chin up, head held high and move on from whatever it was I was fretting over! She was a true blessing to all that knew her! She will be sorely missed. We all will rejoice when we meet again and I know many people she is so excited to be reunited with. Always in my ??!"

Karren Eyrich wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"Til the next time; when/wherever that may be! Forever in my ??"

Laurine Fletcher wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"I met a wonderful couple many years ago when I married her nephew Buddy Fletcher gave me great advice loved her very much"

Matthew Woodyard wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"You will always be in our hearts and will truly be missed I love you Grandma Pennington "

Karleen Booth wrote on Oct 12, 2021:

"I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers to all the family. She left a lot of memories for everyone that came to know her. Another angle to watch over all her family."

Sandy Rhodes wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

" I am so saddened by Dottie?s death. What a sweetheart she was and a great Christian example to all. Though I will really miss her, she and Chuck are once again together with their Lord and Savior at ?Home? in Heaven. It doesn?t get any better than that. My prayers are with all the Pennington family. Sandy Rhodes"

Connie Dostal wrote on Oct 11, 2021:

"Dottie was like a second mother to me, she was always ther to talk to when I needed her. Her and Chuck were the best neighbors a person could ever have. They got us going to Texas, we have so many memories of them! She will be missed, my heart is broken today?"