Penny Bosselmann lived in the same white house in Deephaven, Minnesota, for most of her life. The house sits on a hill in woods visited by deer, crows, and wild turkeys. There she raised her two children, lived with both her husbands, and died at age 72 with her husband, David, at her side.
Penny was a dancer and a poet. She wrote a poem each Christmas for friends and relatives for nearly 40 years. She had a reverence for all of life and was a passionate protector of the defenseless. She was a longtime supporter of the humane society and other animal protection organizations. Penny was a woman of depth and great inner strength who was devoted to those close to her. Told she would survive about four years with ovarian cancer, she lived more than eight and a half. She ran four miles and swam half a mile every morning until the effects of her illness made it too difficult.
Penny Walker was born July 4, 1935, to Helen and Malcolm Walker. She graduated from high school in Forrest, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Penny married Walter Faster in 1956. She received her bachelor’s degree with high distinction in 1975 and her master’s degree in 1977, both from the University of Minnesota. Penny married David in 1985.
A registered dance therapist and licensed independent clinical social worker, Penny worked as a movement and verbal therapist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital for many years and then in private practice. She was active in the dance therapy community.
She was a member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church and then Wayzata Community Church, where a celebration memorial service was held January 19, 2008.
After Penny’s diagnosis, she and David purchased a modest second home on Siesta Key, Sarasota County, Florida, that has been a sanctuary for them both.
Penny’s children are Karen Faster and Tom Faster. Tom and his wife, Kerri Faster, have two sons, William and Nathan. Penny’s stepchildren are Chris Bosselmann and Meghan Sulger. Chris’ daughter is Lyza, and his wife is Dana Bosselmann. Meg and her husband, Mike Sulger, have one son, Troy. She also is survived by her step-sister-in-law Fran Stanwood, Bannockburn, Ill., and her children and grandchildren; and step-brother Robert (Peggy) Stanwood, Bloomfield, Conn., and their children and grandchildren.