Naomi E. (Penny) Bigler, 81, of Dumont, Iowa, passed away August 28, 2010, at the Mercy House of Hospice in Johnston, Iowa. She was born April 9, 1929, in Cass County, Iowa, to Fred V. and Grace (Conrad) Penfold. Penny graduated from Atlantic High School in Atlantic, Iowa, and went to Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, receiving her elementary teaching certificate with a major in physical education. She married John W. (Bill) Bigler on May 21, 1949, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Penny taught school full time for three years in Bristow as well as being a mother and homemaker. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Dumont until it closed then transferred her membership to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hampton. Penny was very active in her church, sharing her faith by teaching CCD for many years. She was an Elkette, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and a member of the Hampton Country Club where she was the women's club champion. She was also a champion bowler in her earlier years and had a life long love for golfing, dancing and traveling especially to the Holy Land and Medjugorije. Additionally she was an avid Bridge player. She was a Cub Scout leader and was the most enthusiastic cheerleader at all of her beloved children's activities. Penny and Bill wintered in Lake Havasu City, AZ for sixteen years. She is survived by her husband John W. (Bill) Bigler of Dumont, son David J. (Lee) Bigler of Lakeville, Minnesota, son Mark W. Bigler of Des Moines, daughter Teresa A. (Keith) Anderson of Urbandale, daughter Angela E. (Russell) Swieter of Des Moines, son Jeffrey F. (Marnie) Bigler of Rochester, Minnesota, daughter Lisa M. (Scott) Sailer of Waukee , sister Wilma (Stanley) Embree of Atlantic, fourteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Penny was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Marvin Penfold and her two grandchildren, Erica & Nathan Wagner. Burial will be in the Dumont Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Mercy Hospice of Des Moines or of your choosing.
I am so sorry for your loss. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Corinthians 1:3,4) comfort and soothe your heart. His promises, found in the Holy Scriptures, can offer much hope. It assures us at John 5:28,29 that our loved ones will be remembered and brought back to life in the resurrection. Please allow God's Word to strengthen you and help you to endure this most difficult time.
My sincerest sympathy to the Bigler family. I remember her many years ago when she dropped the kids at the Hampton pool. Though this is late, I want the family to know that my thoughts are with them and I share their grief as I just lost my mother also. Jane Fouts-Johnson
Sorry to hear of your Mom\'s passing. My prayers go out to all of you. May GOD comfort you now and always.
Teresa and family (Dad and brothers and sisters),
Thoughts go out to you as you honor your mother and her place in your lives. Herb and I send our sympathy for your personal loss, yet we are glad your mother is at rest and free from illness. Thinking of you with love, Judy and Herb
Penny, you were like a second mother to me for many years. Thank God for the memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family in this time of loss.
Penny will be missed. You have our deepest sympathy.
Your family has our prayers and sympathy of the loss of Penny.
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