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Judith A. "Judy" Penka

May 19, 1943 — December 15, 2023

Hays

Judith A. "Judy" Penka

Judith A. “Judy” Penka – age 80, of Hays, Kansas died Friday, December 15, 2023, at Hays  Medical Center, Hays, Kansas, following complications from surgery. She was born May 19, 1943, in Wichita, Kansas to Elmer and Charlotte (Houser) Weltz. The couple had relocated there after the death of Judy’s older infant brother. 

When Elmer was drafted into the Army to serve in WWII, Judy and her mother moved to Hays to live with her grandparents and great-grandmother.  Judy attended kindergarten at Washington Grade School, the only school that offered kindergarten in Hays at that time.  She then attended Jefferson West which was later renamed Kennedy.  She was a proud third generation attendee of Girls Catholic High School and graduated in 1961.  She attended Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University. 

On April 15, 1963, she married her high school sweetheart, Jerold “Jerry” Penka.  He preceded her in death on February 17, 2000.

Judy thrived in her 25-year career as a banker beginning at St. Joseph’s Credit Union in 1973.  Later she was Assistant Vice President of Bank IV and retired in 1998 as retail manager Bank of America in Hays.  Judy was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  Jerry and Judy were members since the dedication of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

They were blessed with a happy marriage for many years welcoming two daughters, Patricia Ann Penka Drees and Pamela Sue Penka Grizzell. She and Jerry traveled the world on countless international trips until his death in 2000. She loved assisting in anything concerning her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, babysitting and driving them wherever they needed to go.

She is survived by her children, Patricia Drees and husband, Tom, Hays, KS; Pamela Grizzell and husband, Travis, Hays, KS; her four grandchildren, Anne Drees and husband, Shea Koerner; Elizabeth Heimann and husband, Scott; Rebecca Grizzell and her fiancé, Justin Dickson; John Drees Krasnesky and wife, Isabelle; her two great grandchildren, Victoria Heimann and Patrick Heimann; her sister, Katherine Carr, Little Egg Harbor, NJ; her brother, Kenneth Weltz and wife, Betty, Overland Park, KS; and several nieces and nephews.

Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her grandparents, Alex and Josephine (Weilert) Weltz; Howard “Casey” and Matilda (Leiker) Houser; her parents, Elmer and Charlotte (Houser) Weltz; her brother, Lawrence “Larry” Weltz;  and her brother-in-law, Paul Carr. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th and Vine, Hays, Kansas with celebrant, Father Damian Richards.  The burial will be in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, and from 9:00 to 9:45 A.M. Tuesday, at Cline’s- Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

The vigil service and rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Monday, at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays.

The family suggests memorials made payable to: Thomas More Prep-Marian High School in care of Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

Memories and words of comfort may be shared on Judy's tribute page at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com  or by email at clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net

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Monday, December 18, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Cline's Mortuary of Hays

1919 E 22nd St, Hays, KS 67601

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Combined rosary and vigil service

Monday, December 18, 2023

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Cline's Mortuary of Hays

1919 E 22nd St, Hays, KS 67601

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

1805 Vine Street, Hays, KS 67601

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