Sara Kathryn (Pennypacker Albright) Hicks, 91, of East Coventry Twp., wife of the late William H. Albright Jr. who passed away in 1987 and C. Kimball Hicks who passed away in 2003, passed away on Friday with her family by her side at Frederick Mennonite Community.
Born in Parkerford, she was the daughter of the late J. Earl and Mary (Styer) Pennypacker.
Penny grew up on her parent’s farm on Old Schuylkill Road in Parkerford. She attended East Coventry Consolidated School and graduated from Spring City High School in 1936. She went on to graduate from the Bible Institute of PA in Philadelphia in 1938 and received her RN in 1941 from Lankenau School of Nursing. After receiving her RN, she worked for Lankenau Hospital from 1941 to 1944. Sara joined the Navy in 1944 where she served Flight Duty as Lt. J.G. from 1944-1946. She served in the South Pacific, being stationed in both Hawaii and Guam and then later in Maryland. Her flight duty included picking up injured military from the Philippines and other South Pacific locations and when they were stabilized enough to travel returning them to the closest hospital to where they resided in the U.S. Penny traveled many thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean and the US during this time. After returning home from the Navy, she worked at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in private duty positions from 1946 to 1949, and then became an at home mom in 1949. She re-entered the work place at PMMC from 1956 to 1981 working on the floors, then in later years working in the ER. She retired in 1981. She resided one block from her family farm in Parkerford from 1953 until she moved to the Frederick Mennonite Community in 2009. Sara loved her home and her garden and was an accomplished artist. She was a member of the Spring City Women’s Club and active in the Parkerford Church of the Brethren. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross Bloodmobiles in the area.
She is survived by her daughter Marybeth (Albright) Supplee, husband of Leon, of Schwenksville; her brother Paul H. Pennypacker M.D., husband of Lucy, of CA.; grandchildren Deborah (Kuklentz) Shanley, wife of Steven and their children Courtney and Scott; Robert Kuklentz, husband of Marybeth and their children Katelin and Eric; and Christopher Kuklentz, husband of Jennifer, and their children Madison, Olivia and Alexandra; nieces Bonnie, Donna, Barbara, Robin, Linda, and Penny and nephew Thomas. Also surviving is former son-in-law, Allan R. Kuklentz. Along with her husbands and parents, she is predeceased by her sister E. Virginia Pennypacker High.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, 10:00AM at Parkerford Church of the Brethren, 20 Rinehart Road, Pottstown, with Pastor Josh Bytwerk officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park with Military Honors. Visitation will be on Friday from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford and on Saturday from 9:00AM to 9:45AM at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Sara’s name to The ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 or Frederick Mennonite Community, Attn: Rev. Brad Mellon, P.O. Box 498, Frederick, PA 19435-0498.