Emilie (Amy) Pennington died July 2, 2014, with her family at her side.
She was born June 15, 1928, in Karlsruhe, Germany, one of Bertold and Erna Zöller’s six children. She was attending college in Karlsruhe to pursue a career in teaching but her studies were interrupted by World War II and the resulting displacement of her family. She learned to speak English during her college years and was a civilian employee of the U.S. Army after the war. She met her future husband, Jack, while he was stationed in Karlsruhe at the installation where she was employed by the Post Exchange. They were married Oct. 29, 1953, in Karlsruhe and moved to California following her husband’s discharge from the U.S. Army. They spent time in California, Oregon and Alaska while raising their family and retired in Washington state in 1987, residing in Kent. They moved to Enumclaw to be closer to family in 1994. While living in Alaska, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States and she was proud of that accomplishment. She was a longtime member of Calvary Presbyterian Church and was regularly involved in church activities. She especially enjoyed spending time with and mentoring youth in the church. She also donated many hours to the Kiwanis Food Bank.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 61 years, Jack; sons Jack (Yvonne) and Brian; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by brothers Rolf, Erich, Heinz and Roland; sister Sieglinde; and daughter Beate.
Arrangements for a memorial service at Calvary Presbyterian Church are pending. Updates will be available on the Weeks’ Funeral Home website, www.weeksfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Enumclaw Kiwanis Food Bank.