Sunday, August 1, 2021

Nancy K “Kay” Partenheimer (Widdowson)

Name of Deceased Nancy K "Kay" Partenheimer (Widdowson)
Age 84
Date of Death 07/18/2021
Date of Birth 01/09/1937
Funeral Home Daughenbaugh Funeral Home

Nancy K. “Kay” Partenheimer, 84, of State College, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at home. Born on January 9, 1937, in Bellefonte, she was the daughter of the late Edgar E. and Lydia Margaret “Peg” (West) Widdowson. On August 30, 1957, in Pittsburgh, she married Earl J. Partenheimer, who preceded her in death on March 28, 2010.

Kay graduated from Peabody High School in Pittsburgh in 1954. She attended Michigan State University and took courses at Pennsylvania State University. She was a private dance and exercise instructor for many years. In 1976, she started working for Penn State University, in their Continuing Education Department, retiring after more than 15 years of service.

Kay was a long-time member of the Park Forest United Methodist Church, before she and her husband joined the congregation at the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in Lemont. She enjoyed playing bridge, reading mystery novels, playing the piano, and dancing. She was a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an even bigger Penn State Nittany Lions football fan. For many years, she and her husband were season tickets holders. Her family was very important to her. When her children were younger, she was a den leader for the Cub Scouts. She loved time spent with her grandchildren and her great granddaughter brought her much joy. 

Kay is survived by her daughter, Debra Ann Poulin of Lemont; two sons, David Allen Partenheimer of Washington, D.C. and Larry Steven Partenheimer and his wife, Irene, of Harrisburg; five grandchildren, Tony and his wife, Crystal, Michael, and Marcus Poulin, Matthew and Michelle Partenheimer; one great granddaughter, Scarlett Poulin; one brother, Kenneth Widdowson and his wife, Jeanne, of Oklahoma; and her sister in-law, Linda Dollgener of Texas.

Friends and family will be received on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 6-8pm and Thursday, July 22, 2021, from 10-11am at the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church in Lemont. A funeral service will immediately follow at 11am on Thursday, at the church, with Pastor Christopher Passante officiating. Kay will be laid to rest with her husband, Earl, at the Centre County Memorial Park in State College.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Centre Volunteers in Medicine, 2520 Green Tech Drive, State College, PA 16801 or to the Mount Nittany United Methodist Church, 1500 E. Branch Road, State College, PA 16801.

The family would like to express their deep gratitude to those involved with caring for Kay from Grane Hospice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Inc 228 S. Pennsylvania Ave., PO Box 579, Centre Hall, PA 16828. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at