Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Herta Lili (Renz) Panknin

Herta Lili (Renz) Panknin, age 92, of Shelby, died Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at her home.

Herta was born October 30, 1930 in Jamki/Kreis Lutsk, Poland, the daughter of the late Eduard and Olga (Renz) Renz. Herta married her late husband, Horst Werner Joachim Panknin, on March 22, 1952. Together in 1953, they moved to the United States where her parents already resided in Plymouth, Ohio. It was in Shelby where they raised their daughters and lived the majority of their lives. Herta spent her professional life as a tailor doing alterations and providing customer service at Lenzmeier’s, Oscar’s, and Lazarus/Macy’s- a job she genuinely loved.

Herta lived a life with a desire and will to try anything as the opportunity was presented. She genuinely enjoyed life and new experiences. She loved crafts of all kinds, especially crocheting and knitting- having been a part of the Marvin Memorial Library knitting group. Herta was an avid gardener, both flowers and vegetables, and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family. She particularly enjoyed traveling with Horst- especially their trips to Australia, Hawaii, and out west.

Herta is survived by her daughters: Barb (Ted) Cline of Whispering Pines, NC and Dorothy (Bob) Olewiler of Shiloh; grandchildren: Carrie (Matt) Hungate, Amy (Brian) Leden, Joshua (Leah) Olewiler, Samuel (Emily) Olewiler, and Benjamin (Katelyn) Olewiler; great grandchildren: Evelyn and Everett Hungate, Ava, Brynna, Cameron, and Davis Leden, and Rebekah and Isaac Olewiler; brothers: Erwin (Wilma) Renz of Mansfield and Horst (YoungAe) Renz of NY; sisters-in-law: Virginia Renz of Shelby and Rosie Renz of Chicago; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Herta was preceded in death by her brothers: Albert, Edwin, Arnold, Edmund, and Ewald Renz; and sisters: Hedwig, Hildegard, Edith, and Erika Renz.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, August 1, 2023 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate the services with burial following in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plymouth. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or Marvin Memorial Library, 29 West Whitney Avenue, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

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To view Herta’s tribute video, click the provided link: Herta Panknin’s Tribute Video


Memories & Condolence

  1. Marilyn (Wilkinson) Hopkins says:

    Dorothy, Sending my sympathy.

  2. Amy Albert Brown says:

    Dorothy and Family,
    So sorry for the loss of your mom. No matter what age, it is hard to lose your mother.

    Prayers and Sympathy

  3. Celia souza says:

    Hi Dr.Renz
    Celia Souza here. So sorry for your loss. She certainly had a long life, a gift!
    Stay well.

  4. Barb Kaple says:

    What a sweet n special person she was. I knew Herta from working at Lazarus. When my mom passed she came to our garage sale and purchased all the yarn mom had. She made me a pair of mittens n my husband a throw, which 18 years later he still uses. She truly was a wonderful caring person!

  5. Deb Love says:

    Dear Dorothy and family,
    So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing…May your loving memories of her comfort you and your family during this hard time…God bless you all.

  6. Steven & Ellen Haverfield says:

    Steve & I are so sorry for your loss. What a joy for your families it was to have her in your lives for such a long time. God give you all comfort and peace.

  7. Steph (Laws) Moore says:

    Dear Dorothy, Barb and Family,
    Condolences to you and your entire family. I remember your mother as kind and gentle women, with loads of talent! Truly and inspirational person.
    Im sure she will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are you. May God bless and keep you and give you peace.

  8. Michael Graham says:

    My condolences to the Panknin family. I worked with Horst, and Al Renz at the Tuby for many years. Barb and Dorthy, I send my sincere prayers for the family along with condolences in the loss of your mom. May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you during this time.

  9. Diana Rigg says:

    Barb, Dorothy and family: So sorry for this loss in your family. I remember all the beautiful flowers at your Auburn Avenue house from when we walked to school together. May life be kind and that you all find peace and hope in a time of renewal. Diana Rigg

  10. Fred Beeching says:

    Barb, Dorthy and families. So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are with you all. Hold on tight to all the good memories.

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