PanningVirginiaVirginia L. Panning, 79, of Woodview Circle in Port Washington died Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Horizon Inpatient Lawlis Hospice at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital – Ozaukee Campus in Mequon, Wisconsin.

She was born February 5, 1936 in Escanaba, Michigan to Henning J. and Mildred (nee O’Neal) Nelson.  She married Armin Panning of Minnesota on August 13, 1961 at Salem Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Michigan and together they started a family.  In 2001 they moved to the Port Washington area and became members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Washington.  Virginia was a loving wife, devoted mother,  proud  grandmother and faithful woman.

She is survived by her husband Armin, and sons John (Judy) Panning of Lake City, Iowa, James (Jennie) Panning of Litchfield, Minnesota, Mark Panning of Malawi, Africa and Joel Panning of Milwaukee.  She is further survived by her grandchildren Alyssa, David, Kathryn and Joseph and many acquaintances.  Her parents preceded her in death.

Pastor Martin Wildauer will officiate funeral services 7 pm Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1525 N Grant Street, Port Washington.  Interment in Lutheran Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.  Visitation from 4 – 7 pm Monday, April 6th AT CHURCH.  Memorials to the Christian Aid and Relief Fund or donor’s choice of charity appreciated.



  1. Dear Armin, I heard the sad news through Pastor Krieger in Tecumseh, MI. Since I am a member at Grace Lutheran in Tecumseh and volunteer there typing bulletins, newsletters, etc. I am included on his “contacts” list. So sorry to hear of Virginia’s passing. I’m sure many will miss her. But with the assurance of heaven, the sadness we feel is our loss, not hers. We know we will see her again. When my mom (your Tante Ippy) died, Dad used to say, “I know we won’t be married in heaven, but I think we will be the best of friends.” God’s blessings as you grieve.

  2. Dear Professor Panning. I was sorry to hear of the passing from this life of your wife. Be comforted by the fact that as Jesus rose from the dead, so also will your wife – and you – on the last day to be with our Savior in both body and soul forever. Even now, Virginia is with her Savior. ajk & Sherry

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