Kathleen Ann Penna
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Kathleen Ann Penna

Kathleen was born in Seattle WA on July 6, 1985. She passed away peacefully on March 17, 2020 in her childhood home in Edmonds WA after a long and fearless battle with breast cancer.

Kathleen graduated from Edmonds-Woodway HS in 2003 and WWU in 2007. She had a wide range of jobs in her relatively short life starting as a day camp leader, then supervisor, elementary school tutor, worked in the kitchen and library at Western. Kathleen was most passionate about being part of the social justice movement. First through AmeriCorps and then with Solid Ground. She was unassuming, smart, kind, supportive and always worked to bring the best out in people.

Kathleen was fiercely independent. She bought her first car at 17 with her own money. She treasured her family and close friends. She liked nothing better than hanging out with friends playing one of the 104 boards games she owned. She was an avid reader. Jane Austin and JK Rowling were two of her favorite authors. Kathleen had a dry sense of humor, was a strong hiker and a natural snorkeler.

It was an honor and a privilege to be her parents. She was the light of our lives and now the sky is one star brighter.

She is preceded in death by her Grandfather, William Brosche Jr.

She is survived by her parents Patrick and Sandie Penna, sister, Jessica Blacknall (Chris), grandparents Roy and Alice Penna, Shirley Brosche. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins. Nieces Anna and Lily and nephew William.

Kathleen would like you to be kind and care for each other and donate to a charity of your choice.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the oncology staff's of Kaiser Permanente, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and especially Kaiser Hospice.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 22, 2020.
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May 17, 2020
To all of the Penna Family,
I am so sorry to see that your beautiful daughter passed away. Jessica was in one of my first classes, if not my first class, at Westgate so many years ago. I have never forgotten the goodness your family shared with so many. It sounds like Kathleen continued to share that goodness with the world. I will keep Kathleen and all of your family in my prayers.
May peace be with all of you.
Sincerely,
Sharon Pankiewicz-Dreimiller
Westgate Teacher
Sharon Pankiewicz-Dreimiller
April 16, 2020
A collage of pictures of Katheen at Solid Ground
I've been flooded with sweet memories of Kathleen today as I prepped this tribute to her for Solid Ground's blog: Remembering Kathleen Penna: A gentle & impactful Solid Ground leader (www.solid-ground.org/remembering-kathleen-penna-a-gentle-impactful-solid-ground-leader)

Kathleen was all of the amazing things her coworkers wrote about her and more. I was fortunate to get to collaborate with her on many, many projects over the decade+ that we were colleagues at Solid Ground. She was smart and always helpful to our Communications team -- and unfailingly kind. A moment that sticks out to me: I had been struggling with some deep challenges that were weighing heavily on me, and out of the blue, Kathleen sent me a lovely hand-written card of appreciation for just doing my job. It reminded me of how rare it is that we appreciate each other just because -- and it meant so much to me. Still does. My heart goes out to all of Kathleen's family and dearest friends. Peace & ♥
Liz Reed Hawk
March 25, 2020
Kathleen was always such a wonderful person to be around. She had the gift of being able to make you smile and laugh when you didn't know you needed to. I will always remember the many days we spent together talking about Harry Potter and Doctor Who, coming up with ridiculous(and amazing!) camp ideas, and playing trivia games. You are definitely part of my pile of good things, Kathleen, and I hope I was part of yours.

My deepest sympathies to the Penna family,

Love Brendan Requa
Brendan Requa
Friend
March 25, 2020
Hunger Games Costume winners
Kathleen as Effie Trinket. Sabrina?
Patrick Penna
Father
March 24, 2020
Pat & Sandie,
We were so sad to hear of Kathleen's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Anne & Steve Walsh,
HIldur O'Connor, Katy O'Connor, Steve O'Connor
March 24, 2020
KATHLEEN'S PASSING WAS FAR TOO SOON, SHE WILL
BE ENORMOUSLY MISSED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

WE EXTEND OR SINCERE SYMPATHY FOR THE LOSS OF KATHLEEN TO ALL HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
MICHAEL ,GLORY AND MICHELLE BLACKNALL
March 24, 2020
Our visit to Seattle with Katie and the family
Sandy, Pat so sad and sorry to hear this news. I remember Katie as a warm, bright and beautiful girl when we visited. Take care love Heather, Aidrian, Sam and Joe xxxxx North Wales
Heather Johnson
March 23, 2020
Fly high Katie. You are our hearts forever. You are and will always be missed. - Love Uncle Phil and Aunt Linda
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
Linda Brosche
March 23, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to you and Sandie, Pat. Love to you both. Virginia
Virginia Duell
Friend
March 23, 2020
Katie was a gift. She will be dearly missed. I was so lucky I was her grandmother, she will live in my heart forever. She kept her sense of humor to the end. Very brave, non complaining. I loved her dearly.
March 22, 2020
Sandie and Patrick, We are so sorry for your loss. Love Jaysa and Alan Burros
Jaysa Burros
Family
March 22, 2020
Kathleen had a direct impact in my life, inspiring me to be the woman I am today. Even though we were the same age, I always aspired to match her confidence and intellect. I could be completely myself with Kathleen and she helped me keep my sanity through all four years of high school. Kathleen taught me to be proud of who I am- and ignore others opinions. I will always remember her love for Harry Potter, her old VW (which once died on us driving north on I-5), her love for her parents/family, and her dedication to making the world a better place. We lost a treasure. Kathleen, I still have the old mob hits cd you made me years ago! Ill be playing those songs and thinking of you. Thank you.
Danielle
Friend
March 22, 2020
Kathleen was happy, quirky, full of interest in life. Her Major in college, Philosophy, maybe helped prepare, her for she met a terrible challenge..cancer. This she approached with the attitude that she would fight, and that she did.

Watching her from infancy, a beautiful babe , through the cuddly stage, enjoying summers weeks when she and Jese stayed with us, the holidays, attending a few sporting events, soccer , a short stint at ballet, then on up to the teenage years. Always with a quiet, quirky humor that really blossomed as she matured. She developed strong political convictions.. fortunate to find a career with a non profit that met her idealistic goals. We are so very proud of her.

Her Grandpa and I treasure all the memories we have, are grateful for her love and for her too short life. She will live on in our hearts and memories.
Alice Penna
Grandparent
March 22, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Sandie.My deepest condolences,Kyoungsoon
March 22, 2020
Thinking of you and keeping you in prayer. Please accept my sincere sympathy at the loss of your dear daughter .
Julie Martineau-Sundet
Family
March 22, 2020
Ski to sea 2007 - Bellingham
Steve Dole
March 22, 2020
w/ Mom. They're smiling now. The ride back from Moloka'i won't be so 'smiley'.
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
W/ Jessica
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
Ski to Sea 2007
Steve Dole
March 22, 2020
Millennial vs Gen X<br />(Uncle James)
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
turkey stuffing w/ Karissa or how Kathleen became a vegatarian
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
&quot;would you do that at the Davenport Hotel?&quot;
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
burning shrimp with Grandpa Penna
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
Patrick Penna
Father
March 22, 2020
Most of the important things in life I learned from Kathleen. At age three she advised me to wear a seat belt. At 15 she forbid me to tuck tee shirts. At 20, no more high water pants. And at 25 any signs of a comb over were banned. She was my go to person for advice of all kinds. I cannot express how much I will miss her.
Patrick Penna
Father
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