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Shirley C. Pennypacker

June 28, 1933 - October 1, 2022

Shirley C. Pennypacker, age 89, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2022.

Born in Wyndmoor, PA, on June 28, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Charles D. and Anna (Maloney) Conway. Shirley was an assistant manager with Delaware Trust, retiring after 22 years of service.

She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church in New Castle and the sodality since 1960. Active in her community, Shirley was the first female member of the Lions Club where she held many positions and was very active in the Girl Scouts. In her spare time, she enjoyed collecting character dolls, traveling, and gardening.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her first husband, John C. Pennypacker, who passed away in 1984; second husband, Henry Q. Layman, who passed away in 1997; brothers, Charles and Raymond Conway; and granddaughter, Colleen Pennypacker. She is survived by her daughter, Ann P. Thielke (Patrick) of Houston, TX; sons, Robert J. and Francis D. Pennypacker, both of New Castle, DE; and grandchildren, Patrick “Rick” and Janet Thielke.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church, 801 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00 am. Entombment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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9 Condolences for Shirley C. Pennypacker

  • Shirley, thank you for your years of leadership as President of the West Wilmington Manor Civic Association. You were a dedicated and unselfish public servant. Your involvement made our community a better place to live. Condolences to your family. May you rest in the peace and heavenly reward that the Lord has promised.

  • Aunt Shirley we were so blessed having you in our lives. You saved many Christmas’s for me and my children with your generosity and thoughtfulness. You were an inspiration to me as a woman that anything I put my mind to I could achieve. After raising my children I was able to have a meaningful career because in part to your life experiences. Loved listening to your stories. You were an amazing woman. Love you so much and will miss your sweet smile.

  • Our condolences to all in her family, especially to long time friends Pat & Ann Thielke. May the blessings of our Lord soothe you during this time.

  • So sorry to hear about Shirley’s passing. She was a special lady, full of life and spirit and stories!

  • As I read the notice of Mrs. Pennypacker passing, I remembered the many wonderful things she did for us in the ACT of Delaware. She was a friend of Rita Tucker. Her support and kindness were appreciated. I am thankful for the times I was in the presence of such a generous lady. Your loved one is celebrated.

  • Mommy (Thelma Brown), Donna, Andrea and I were so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. Growing up she was a 2nd mother to Donna, “Onny” and me, and always someone mommy could count on when help was needed (for ANYTHING!). Trust she has been welcomed with open arms in heaven.

  • My heart is broken from hearing this sad news I knew Miss Penny and her son from coming to the New Castle Farmers market to the meat stand that I work at …!!! faithfully every Thursday nice mother and son team always a pleasure to talk I will miss her stories and her beautiful personality I will keep the family in my prayers and always ❤️

  • Anne
    So sorry about your mom.
    I missed the announcement.
    Always saw your mom at church
    She was always so kind to me
    May she Rest in Peace.

    Nora Katurakes

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss.