Pernilla Astrid ZACHER

June 12, 1927December 25, 2020

PERNILLA (PENNY) ZACHER June 12, 1927 – December 25, 2020

With her children by her side, Pernilla (Penny) Astrid Zacher passed away Christmas Day 2020 to be with her Lord and Savior and husband Ken. Penny was born June 12, 1927 in Cashmere, WA to Albin and Lydia Anderson. Penny’s young years were spent on the family orchard, attending school, learning the violin and being active with 4-H. She graduated from Wenatchee HS in 1945, attended Wenatchee Junior College before entering Washington State College (now University). Before graduating from WSU, Penny toured with the college orchestra and was part of the Junior Prom court. After graduation, Penny worked for Consolidated Freightways then as a secretary-policy writer for an insurance agent before marrying Ken on October 3rd,1953 in Wenatchee WA.

After a short time, the young couple moved to Spokane and then Yakima WA for Ken’s career with Social Security Administration. Penny continued to work until their three children were born before moving to San Francisco in 1966. A year later the couple moved to Carmichael, California where they would remain. Penny returned to work in the insurance field in 1975 until retiring in 1991.

Penny was a thoughtful, kind and loving woman, a wonderful hostess who made sure every family member and friend’s birthday, anniversary and holiday was celebrated and remembered. Penny’s memory for dates and events is renowned! And was put to good use in her pursuit of Genealogy. Her years growing up on the orchard lent to her love of gardening, both flowers and produce, canning, and sharing the bounty. She was very involved in her children’s lives making sure that music, the arts and service to others were interwoven into their upbringing. Penny was active as a leader for many years in Bluebirds and Camp Fire Girls. She also pursued lifelong learning. She took classes in cake decorating and had a small cake decorating business, expanded her sewing skills to quilting, “re-learned” Swedish (her native language until attending grade school) and continued to correspond with her relatives in Sweden until her passing.

As a newly married couple, Ken introduced Penny to hunting and fishing which led to a lifetime of outdoor adventures, camping and travel. They enjoyed attending family, high school and college reunions. In retirement, they traveled the US, the world and were active in the Golden Acorn RV group. Throughout their life in Carmichael, they were highly active in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, serving the Lord and congregation in a multitude of ways.

Surviving are her 3 children Denice (George) Murphy, Paul (Lynn) Zacher & Cameon (Dave) Krotine. 10 Grandchildren Melanie (Lonn) Gross, Cameon Kia, Corey (Danielle) & Keoki Murphy, Cameron (Karly) & Jordan Zacher, Brian, Tommy, Daniel & Claire Krotine. Great grandchildren, Raine & River Sato, Josiah & Camaiah Kia, Merrick & Makai Murphy. She was predeceased by her brother Alton Swan Anderson who died in infancy and husband Kenneth who passed away earlier this year.

Her family would like to thank the caring staff of Sunrise of Fair Oaks and Vitas Hospice Sacramento. Memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church when gathering restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Penny’s name to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Sacramento) General Fund or Library. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Roseville location.


Pernilla Astrid ZACHER

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Jan Pollock

January 15, 2021

To Penny's family: So sorry to hear of Penny's passing. She was a cherished Good Shepherd church member and I knew her and Ken for many years. She and I were on committees together to numerous to mention. We went to wonderful Christmas parties at their house and she always seemed to have a few cookies for meetings.

I was in charge of the preschool for years and she served on the committee along with always offering support. In the last few years, we were on the library committee together. She was Secretary for the committee and kept us organized. Always enjoyed her cheerful attitude and compassion for all of us.

She will be missed by all. I'm sure that you have wonderful memories of her and so do I. Hold them close to your heart and pass them on to your children.

In God's name we celebrate her wonderful life, Jan Pollock

Nancy Lorenzen

January 15, 2021

Although I only knew Penny the past few years from my visits to Sunrise Assisted living, she was a beautiful lady on the inside and out. She had been coaching me on the art of maintaining a healthy orchid flower. I purchased one last January after a visit and named my flower after her "Penny Colorado" I would send pictures to Lynn to share with Penny for any coaching tips. I live in Colorado but would visit my friends at Sunrise with my soul Sister Lynn. I am sending prayers to all the family as saying good bye to loved ones is never easy. I know she will be missed, but she is in loving arms now and forever.

Warm Regards
Nancy Lorenzen

Cindy Baker

January 12, 2021

Dear Denice, Paul, Comeon, and family,

Your mother loved life and lived it to it's fullest. Loved her family, friends and generously shared her beautiful flowers that put a smile on your face, along with the bounty of her gardens. She was a women of many talents, who will be missed by all who knew her.
With Deepest Sympathy,

Fred, Cindy, Jennifer and Sherri

Ode and Lue Satterfield

January 9, 2021

Dear Paul, Denice and Cameon,

We are so very sad to hear of your Mothers passing. I had tried to call several times before Christmas and did leave messages . I was concerned and had no way to contact you.
We have been dear friends since 1958 in Yakima, WA and had many wonderful fond memories of times together, camping , fishing , traveling to Alaska. Penny did have a knack to remember Birthdays, Anniversary’s and all special occasions. Her special cooking skills were a blessing as well as her sewing skills.
She will be greatly missed and we feel privileged to have known she and Ken for so many years.
Our sincere sympathy and prayers for comfort to each of you.

Love, Ode and Lue

Laurie and Brian O'Brien

January 8, 2021

Dear Denice, Paul, Cameon and family - We are saddened to hear of Penny's passing. She has been a kind and gentle friend, as was Ken, for many years. Our prayers for God's comfort, love and peace are with you.