Barbara Cohen Penner, VHS ’74

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Barbara Cohen Penner, 61, of Pittsburgh, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018.

A 1974 graduate of Verona High School, she was the beloved wife of Roy Penner, and loving mother of Jayme (Paul) and Matthew. Sister of David (Rita) Cohen and Richard (Val) Cohen.

Barb made strong and lasting connections with so many people in every stage of her life. She made a difference in her work as a behavioral therapist and as an Employee Assistance Program counselor. Most recently, she helped create and grow the nonprofit initiative Standing Firm where she worked with employers to help create safe workplaces that are supportive of domestic violence victims.

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Services will be at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 12 noon. Visitation at Temple prior to services, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon). Interment will be at Homewood Cemetery, Star of David Section.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Standing Firm at Women’s Center and Shelter, PO Box 9024, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.

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