Fred J. Penzenstadler

April 28, 1945 ~ May 5, 2020 (age 75)


Fred J. Penzenstadler, 75 of West Deer Township, died early Tuesday morning, May 5, 2020, at his home with his family by his side. He was born April 28, 1945 in Kirchheim, Austria, to the late Frank and Mary (Stoegbauer) Penzenstadler. Fred grew up in Hampton graduating from Hampton High School in 1963. He then went on to earn his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in German and American Literature from Duquesne University Fred served his country during the Viet Nam was as an Army as a First Lieutenant in the Special Forces unit. When he returned, he earned his second Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught high school for 37 years in the Hempfield Area High School, where he taught German and American Literature. Fred was a member of Transfiguration R.C. Church, Russellton and was a Prayer Group Leader for St. Richard’s Parish, Richland Township. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, woodworking, rebuilding cars and especially enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.

Survivors include his wife of 51½ years Joan A. (Hanlon) Penzenstadler, his children, Fred J. (Christy) Penzenstadler, Jr. of West Deer, Heidi Jo (Robert) Kay of Queensbury, NY, Erec J. (Kelly) Penzenstadler of Harrison Township and Holly Joy (Kevin) McIlwain of Center Township, grandchildren and his siblings Edith Willis of NC, Anthony (Sue) Penzenstadler of Kansas City, KS, Joseph (Shelby) Penzenstadler of White Plains, MD and Ernest (Terry) Panzenstadler of Hernan, VA.

With the present health crisis, a private family viewing was held in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Township. A private funeral mass was held in Transfiguration R.C. Church, Russellton, West Deer with the Rev. James P. Holland officiating. Following the Mass, he was buried in Transfiguration R.C. Church Cemetery, West Deer. View obituary online and leave condolences at

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