Katie (Kay) Grunau [nee Penner] was born to Peter and Katharina [nee Dueck] Penner in 1928, in Sedalia, Alberta and grew up on a farm in Tofield, Alberta. In 1944, the family moved to Chilliwack, BC. Kay became a licensed practical nurse, working for many years in Vancouver. She became a favorite aunt for all her nieces and nephews.
Kay married Peter Grunau in December, 1977 and became a mother and grandmother to Peter’s two children, spouses and grandchildren. After they both retired, they spent many happy years in Abbotsford, drinking coffee with neighbors, travelling to California in their RV and spending time with grandchildren. Kay’s calm, warm and gracious manner will be missed by all. Kay passed away on April 25, 2017 in the Menno Home in Abbotsford. Kay is survived by her brother, Ernie and wife Rose, sister Irma, sister-in-laws, two step-children and spouses, five grandchildren and spouses, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family extends warm thanks to the staff and to the palliative care volunteers at the Menno Home for their compassionate care. A memorial service to honor Kay’s life will be held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, BC on Monday, May 1st at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mennonite Central Committee in Abbotsford.