GRATITUDE (3): Penne Fuertges, my Mom

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GRATITUDE (3):  Penne Fuertges, my Mom

When it comes to parents, I won the lottery.  People ask me all the time, how do you do all the things you do? The answer is easy, my parents excelled in everything they did.  Between the two of them, their interests, talents, and hobbies were many and diverse.  And I learned from them.  Period.

penne fuertgesPenne Fuertges , (pronounced furgis), was an exceptional lady.  She studied ballet from an early age and became a ballerina in several performing companies in Denver and Chicago.  She was a gifted artist and painted oil paintings her whole life.  She went back to school to get here undergrad and then Masters degree in business after having me, and helping my Dad through his doctorate. 

Later she taught in the business school she attended.  And then went on to get her CFP and became a licensed insurance broker.  Her career led her to working for Aetna and managing insurance for state, county, and city employees in all of western Kansas. She loved helping people- and really cared for all of her clients.  Their concerns were here concerns.  In 1983 she and my Dad were on the cover of Money Magazine, featuring women with second careers.

money magazine cover fuertges

During this time, she also taught ballet, and painted.  She always did too many things.  And I inherited that for sure!  She also had an infectious laugh, took millions of photos, and was the light of our family.  The oldest of 7 children, she kept everyone in touch and remembered everyones birthday.  

My Mother gave me my artistic talent, my love of dance, my positive outlook, my work ethic,  and so much joy.  She loved to visit me in the Palm Springs area and we had so much fun together! 

 My Mom passed away suddenly from an aneurysm when she was only 58, a year younger than I am right now.  I am so proud to be her daughter, and I'm extremely grateful that she was my Mom. ❤️

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Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  California LifestyleRealty  California Lifestyle RealtySchowe Properties                                           



Comments (15)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your special memories and personal story.

Have an outstanding holiday season.

Nov 17, 2023 10:38 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so much Roy Kelley !  Take care!  Kathy

Nov 17, 2023 10:57 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Wow another heartfelt story about gratitude.  Thank you for sharing and your mother indeed was an amazing woman.

Nov 17, 2023 10:48 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Leanne Smith - she really was.  I miss her so much!  Have a nice weekend!  Kathy

Nov 17, 2023 10:57 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

What a wonderful story. If I could wish anything for a newborn, it would be two great parents. 

Nov 17, 2023 11:03 AM
Kathy Schowe

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty -- I was so blessed!  And always grateful for my parents and family!  Have a wonderful holiday season!  Kathy

Nov 17, 2023 11:20 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Schowe, You are blessed to have such a vibrant and talented Mother.  It's such a blessed story. I so enjoyed reading it. You do have so much to be grateful for 

Nov 17, 2023 11:40 AM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Hannah Williams  for reading my post.  I sent it to my brother this morning and he is both proud and sad.  Have a wonderful holiday!  Kathy

Nov 17, 2023 11:47 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

'Won the lottery' with both my parents!  One heck of a statement.  Nice.  m

Nov 17, 2023 02:35 PM
Kathy Schowe

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho ... it's the truth and I am so grateful!! 

Nov 28, 2023 09:08 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kathy- your mother sounds like a remarkable and accomplished person!!!  As others have said, you did with the lottery with your parents. 

Nov 17, 2023 05:36 PM
Kathy Schowe

Hi Kathy Streib -- Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:08 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Your mom sounds like a very talented and special lady, Kathy.  Interestingly enough, I have a family member that danced with the Chicago ballet for a time, in more recent years.

Nov 17, 2023 09:07 PM
Kathy Schowe

Myrl Jeffcoat ... just one more thing we have in common!  Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Nov 17, 2023 09:14 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you so much Myrl Jeffcoat !  I am honored!

Nov 28, 2023 09:09 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Schowe  what a lovely post and I am so with you, I feel the same way as you do about my parents, I was truly blessed to have them and the sacrifices they made for me..... now with that said I am sure Debe Maxwell, CRS  will love your contribution to the AR Challenge... the only thing I am missing from this post is the Featured Star, Endre

Nov 17, 2023 09:26 PM
Kathy Schowe

Appreciate it Endre Barath, Jr. !  Hope your holiday was special!  Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:10 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You definitely have a great pedigree and didn't let it go to waste!  I see so many with a great pedigree that take it for granted and waste it.

Nov 18, 2023 04:19 AM
Kathy Schowe

Brian England - Thank you for stopping by!  K

Nov 28, 2023 09:10 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a beautiful tribute to your mom. It's wonderful that you can say you won the lottery with your parents! Truly heartwarming!

Nov 18, 2023 05:05 AM
Kathy Schowe

Kat Palmiotti - Hope it hasnt gotten too cold in Montana yet- and that you had a special holiday!  Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... to lose your Mom at such a young age must have been devastating. I can't imagine. She is a true Renaissance Woman. And she might not have lived long, but she accomplished so much more in her life than many people who live decades longer than she did.

Nov 18, 2023 06:41 AM
Kathy Schowe

Nina Hollander, Broker -- My Mom didn't waste a minute of her time here... I am afraid I am following in her footsteps!  I try to do too much as well!  K

Nov 28, 2023 09:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Schowe hi Kathy.... I think that is an ailment many of us suffer! :)

Nov 28, 2023 09:13 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kathy,

What a cool lady! Brains for numbers and for art and just a wonderful human being all around. You truly were blessed to have her. Not everyone wins the parent lottery.



Nov 18, 2023 07:47 AM
Kathy Schowe

Dorte Engel -- I realize that... and I sure do appreciate my upbringing, even more now than then!  K

Nov 28, 2023 09:13 AM
Charita Cadenhead
eXp Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Life's an adventure.  Your parents had the right idea in exploring and then excelling in everything that interest time. Sounds like someone I know.  What a gift they shared.  You're very lucky.

Nov 22, 2023 03:17 PM
Kathy Schowe

Thank you Charita Cadenhead - hope your holiday was special!  Take care, Kathy

Nov 28, 2023 09:13 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, what a special woman your mother was, Kathy! LOVE her story and her ambitious but, caring ways taught you well and set you on a path to success as well. Like you, she was a beautiful woman and you lost her FAR too soon. Imagine all that she would have accomplished had she had more years to do so. 

Thank you for another lovely post of gratitude, Kathy! 

Dec 01, 2023 07:11 AM