Jean Alice Pennebacker

April 15, 1931 - March 11, 2024
Jean Alice Pennebacker

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Jean A Pennebacker, of Wilmington NC, peacefully passed away in her sleep March 11, 2024. She is survived by her son, Paige Pennebacker, his wife, Renee (Lastort) Pennebacker, and three grandchildren, Taran, Jarrett, and Nicholas Pennebacker. Jean is predeceased by her husband Henry “Scott” Pennebacker (1994) and her daughter Pier Pennebacker (1961).

Jean was born in Wescosville, PA, April 15, 1931 to Carl and Mildred (nee Trump) Koenig. She graduated from Emmaus High School (1949) and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Moravian University (1953). After graduating college, she loved her work as a medical technician at the Allentown General Hospital. She married her childhood sweetheart, Scott, January 17, 1954. Once they had Pier and Paige, Jean changed her career path from med tech to an accomplished homemaker, which enabled her son to achieve all his desired goals in life.

She enjoyed many activities including playing cards and tennis. She loved to bowl, ski, and ride horses with the family.

In 2002, she moved from PA to Bradenton, FL to be with Paige and his family. She was a loving grandmother & she was able to watch her grandchildren grow &  become successful young men. Jean spent her final years with Paige & Renee in Wilmington. This was very meaningful to allow her to reconnect with Paige and remember all of the enjoyable experiences that they had throughout their lives together.

She was loved and will be extremely missed, but her family left behind has comfort in knowing that she is finally “at home” with Scott & Pier and her family in heaven.

Funeral services will be private at the Jerusalem Western Salisbury Cemetery in June.

On line condolences may be sent to

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 South 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403, 910791-9099.


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  • March 19, 2024
    Connie (Herbst) Dries says:
    My condolences to Jean's family. Jean and I grew up together in Wescosville, walked to school together, rode the bus to Emmaus High School where we were both cheerleaders. She was a dear friend. It's been many years since I have seen her, but always remember what a sincere and sweet person she was. Rest in peace Jean. xo

  • March 16, 2024
    Melissa Wilson says:
    I’m so sorry to hear this. I’ve often thought about her since taking care of her. She was an absolute pleasure. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. May you find comfort in all of the memories you made throughout the years.

  • March 16, 2024
    John and Carol Mazzucco says:
    Paige , Renee and boys, So sorry to hear of your loss. Sounds like she learn a happy and fulfilling life. I’m sure it was nice to spend much more time with her over the last few years. Please know the Carol and I thinking about you during this difficult time.

  • March 15, 2024
    John Haines says:
    Paige and Family: I am sorry to hear the news about your mother. It sad to watch out parents pass yet bittersweet to think of their next journey. I have fond memories of Jean, my mom and "The Bridge Club". They were a fun group of women who purchased all of my homemade candles, loomed hot pads and other paraphernalia that I had for sale as a young child. They were loud! Jean and Mrs. Nichter winning the Oscar for the loudest... BUT I LOVED THEM FOR IT! The Bridge Club noise sounded like the Battle of the Bulge and calmy aided in an incredibly loud white noise (no-one could ascertain or comprehend 10 extremely loud conversations, talking over one another for vocal dominance, all at the same time). I have NO IDEA how they could GAB, eat, drink, smoke and play cards all simultaneously. I'll always cherish the cigarette smoked filled nights with goodies like Hess's Strawberry Pies sitting in the refrigerator (the night before Bridge Club) for me to steal strawberries pre–Bridge Club. What a great life she has had and I miss her in abstention.

  • March 14, 2024
    Allen Haines says:
    With love and heartfelt condolences from the Haines family. Our mothers always had a lot of fun together. I can still hear them laughing…