Sabel Pennie L. Sabel passed away suddenly on November 26, 2014 in Leesburg, Florida. She was born in Plymouth, Indiana on November 21, 1946 and grew up on a poultry farm near Grovertown, Indiana. Upon graduation from Grovertown High School, she attended and was graduated from Purdue University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in speech and journalism. Following the family tradition of military service, she received her commission in the Navy and served as a public affairs officer during the Vietnam War. Later she would receive her Master's degree in journalism and public relations from the Ohio State University. Pennie served as the Executive Director of the StonExpo Federation where she planned and managed international trade shows for the natural stone industry, the Executive Vice President of the Marble Institute of America and was editor for the trade magazine Stone in America. Her love of travel took her to every continent except Antarctica. These adventures provided opportunities for her to flex her extensive photographic skills. Pennie excelled at being an elegant host, going out of her way to make sure her guests were comfortable, well fed and wined. Following retirement, Pennie was a tour guide of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH. Upon moving to Leesburg, FL she served as secretary to the Italian-American Club, was active with the Plantation's Singles Club and Friends Helping Friends. She is survived by her father, William Sabel, Tavares, FL; siblings, Douglas Sabel, West Lafayette, IN; Jo Sabel-Courtney, Stowe, VT; Rev. Thomas Sabel, Fort Wayne, IN; former spouse John Bauman, Columbus, OH; several nephews, a niece, grand-nieces and a grand-nephew. Her mother, Leona (nee Patenge) Sabel preceded her in death. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, December 28, 2014 at The Manor, located in The Plantation at Leesburg, 25201 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg FL. Interment will occur in West Lafayette, IN at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the charity of your choice
Published by The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2014.