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Obituary for Penny M. Kistner

Our dear mother, Penny M. Kistner departed this world at peace on October 22, 2023 in Cambridge, Vermont. Penny was 70 years of age. She joins her beloved partner, William J. Bernath in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Penny was born on November 17, 1952 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She and her partner William moved to the Green Mountain State in 1986. She developed a deep love for her adopted home of Cambridge, Vermont and its residents.

Penny considered her greatest accomplishment to be her three beloved children. Her children remember her as a mother who loved without measure, accepted no excuses, and always encouraged them to do their best. Penny was blessed with two wonderful grandchildren and three granddogs. She delighted in her role as a grandmother.

Professionally, Penny served her community for 43 years as a dedicated nurse. Her medical career was expansive, dutifully caring for patients at UVM Medical Center, Copley Manor, and at the Fanny Allen Campus. Her final workplace was Cambridge Elementary School.

She is survived by her children, Mrs. Stephanie K. Knoblach, Ms. Susan K. Bernath, and Mr. William K. Bernath.

She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Sally Russo of Connecticut, and her brother, Mr. Richard Kistner of Arizona.

A celebration of life will occur on November 17, 2023 (Penny’s 71st birthday) at 5:30 p.m. at Cambridge Elementary School. In lieu of flowers, her children request donations in her memory to Cambridge Elementary School or Lamoille Home Health and Hospice. Please visit to share your memories and condolences.