1941 – 2019

Pennie Wallerstedt, 78, of Atchison, Kansas, passed away November 24, 2019, at her home with her family by her side.

No services are scheduled at this time. Pennie has been cremated under the care and direction of the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home, Atchison, Kansas.

Pennie was born May 29, 1941, in San Diego, California, the daughter of Donald and Florentine (Wilson) Johnson. She attended schools in St. Joseph, Missouri, graduating from Central High School in 1959. She attended St. Joseph Junior College earning an Associate’s Degree in Social Sciences.

She and John Robert Wallerstedt, her high school sweetheart, were united in marriage on April 11, 1964, at Ashland Avenue Methodist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Pennie was employed with the KSU Alumni Association for ten years and then was the Administrator of Student Services at Barton County Community College for fifteen years.

Her travels with the Air Force and the KSU Alumni Association took her from the St. Joseph and Atchison areas and she traveled all around the world, but later brought her back home to the Midwest. While her husband was in the Air Force, she spent much of her time associated with social activities, especially the Air Force Wife’s Club.

She loved watching all sports, playing bridge and spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and a wonderful homemaker for her family.

Survivors include her husband, John Wallerstedt, of the couple’s home in Atchison, KS; a daughter, Kristin Leigh (Randy) Heller, Chapman, KS; two sons, Matthew Barnes (Josette) Wallerstedt, El Paso, TX, Brett Robert (Kelly) Wallerstedt, Tempe, AZ; two sisters, Stephanie (Ron) Franz, Cedar Rapids, IA, Jill (Ron) Stafford, Tulsa, OK; five grandchildren, Zach, Brennan, Cal, Logan and Nick. Other family members, brother-in-law, Jim (Terry) Wallerstedt, St. Joseph, MO, and the entire Bob and Tommy Hundley family of the Atchison area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her aunt and uncle, Bob and Tommy Hundley.

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