Betty Jean Penisten


Betty Jean Penisten, 96, of Columbus, died 4:57 a.m. Friday August 18, 2017, at Keepsake Village of Columbus.

Betty was born in Columbus October 30, 1920, the daughter of Otha Victor and Otice Eurlene Glick Larkin. She married Wilbur Steinkamp in August of 1943; he preceded her in death in September of 1944. She married Paul E. Penisten March 28, 1948; he preceded her in death February 8, 1992.

She was a former employee of Cummins Engine Company, Office of Bartholomew County School System, First Christian Church office and Simmen-Penisten Hardware Store. She was a member of First Christian Church and Phi Beta Psi Sorority.

She is survived by sons, Dennis Penisten of Littleton, Colorado, and Douglas (Alphie) Penisten of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; 2 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents; 3 sons, Gregory, Brian and Larry Penisten; and her husbands.

Funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday Hathawawy~Myers Chapel on Pearl Street with D.J. Butcher officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to service time Friday. Burial will be in Garland Brook Cemetery.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or First Christian Church.