Thanks for the Memories Aunt Olly

Aunt Olly Penner, 1973

A local celebrity  and shaper of children and childhood has died. Many Manitobans who grew up in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s raced home from school to tune in to Aunt Olly’s Children’s Party on the radio (Station CFAM). Listening to her program was a regular part of birthday parties, because she shared birthday greetings and instructions on where to find your birthday gift.  Work colleagues remember listening with siblings, snacking quietly and listening while Mother’s enjoyed the freedom to cook supper without distractions from the kids. Here’s a great tribute, written by another of her faithful listeners, Mary Lou Driedger.

Thanks for the Memories Aunt Olly.


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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One Response to Thanks for the Memories Aunt Olly

  1. Dave Bergen says:

    Aunt Olly was also a treasured character in my childhood. I have many fond memories of her. What different time it was when children rushed home after school to cluster around the radio and listen to the latest Children’s Party program. Reposted Youtube clips somehow don’t hold the same charm!

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