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Millicent Kisslinger


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Millicent Kisslinger Obituary
Millicent (Penny) Ann Kisslinger-gifted singer, delighted traveler, legendary hostess, true friend, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother-died peacefully at the age of 90 at home in Leawood, Kansas, on July 20, 2014, surrounded by love. Her family and friends will always remember her genuine love of life and what one dear friend has called her "gentle and mirthful nature." Penny was born in1924 in Crookston, Minnesota, to Nels Anton and Sarah Thorson (nee Rollefson), the fourth of five children in a family devoted to music, community, learning, church and a powerful work ethic. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and the University of Minnesota. In 1947, Penny met Carl Kisslinger, the love of her life, at Camp Thunderbird in Bemidji, MN, where she was the dietitian, he the nature counselor. Marrying in 1948, the couple moved to St. Louis, where Carl completed his doctoral work and began his 25-year tenure at St. Louis University. They embraced life in St. Louis, raising five children and serving as active members of the community. In 1972, Carl joined the faculty of the University of Colorado as director of Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES ). Carl and Penny moved to Boulder, where they woke each day to the splendor of the foothills. Life in Boulder was rich and full, with university events, mountain adventures, friends and music. Penny sang with Sweet Adelines and Amor Artis. She and Carl would plan their summers around the Colorado Music Festival and savor each Takács Quartet concert. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in March 2008 with friends and family. Following Carl's death in 2008, Penny moved to the Kansas City area, near her daughter Pam. In her last years, even through the changes brought by advancing Alzheimer's, she inspired and delighted caregivers, fellow residents, and family with her humor and compassion. She is survived by daughters Susan; Ellen (Mike Belanger); Pamela; son Jerry (Leslie Boden), and six grandchildren: Emma, David, Ava, Sarah, Rachel, Daniel and Aaron. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl and daughter Karen. The family asks that any donations made in Penny's memory be given to the Colorado Music Festival, www.comusic.org or Grace Hospice of Kansas City, through thefoundationforhospicecare.org.Remembrances are invited at www.mcgilleyhoge.com.
Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Aug. 10, 2014
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