Elaine “Penny” Lieb, 1938-2019

Published 1:00 am Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Elaine “Penny” Lieb, 80, passed peacefully Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester after being critically injured in an automobile accident Jan. 10, 2019, that tragically took the life of her brother, as well. A joint celebration of life for Penny and her brother, William Arthur Craig Studer, is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 924 Bridge Ave. in Albert Lea. The Rev. Matt Lehman will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Elaine “Penny” Lieb

As she was known by all, Penny was born July 28, 1938, to Emma Lucille Hanson and Wilbur A. Studer in Albert Lea.  She married Dennis Wayne Lieb on May 1, 1960, and they had one daughter, Michelle Elaine (Lieb) Levorson.

Even though her husband and only daughter preceded her in death, Penny remained a favorite aunt and great-aunt to the Lieb/Herbers family as well as to her own. She was a vibrant member of her community in Albert Lea and served as treasurer to Lakewood Cemetery for many years. Her love of family manifested itself in great curiosity of family history and photos. This led her on many journeys, including a trip to the home of her great-grandparents in Bloomville, New York, last summer with her sister, Mary, and brother-in-law, Lowell. Penny took great joy in knowing this New York connection made them eighth cousin once-removed to Anna Eleanore Roosevelt. And they were both remarkable women!

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Survivors include two sisters, Irene (Studer) Dassier (Jean-Francois) and Mary (Studer) Bye (Lowell); three nieces and one nephew, Lisa (Bye) Scherber (Terry), Peter Bye (Kristine), Frannie Dassier (Ross) and Nadine Dassier (Mark); niece and nephews of her husband, Dennis, including Jim, Terry, Brian, Wade and Holly Herbers (Postel) and their families; one sister-in-law, June Adele Lieb; and many other relatives and cherished friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakewood Cemetery Association, American Heart Association, Concordia Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran Church.