Celebration of Life

Here at the Jennie Edmundson Foundation we typically designate the last Friday in May as a time of remembrance when we host a Celebration of Life service to honor staff and volunteers who passed through the year.   With current restrictions, this year’s memorial service had to be cancelled.

While we still mourn their loss, we find comfort in sharing stories and remembering the impact each has made. For some, their service started decades ago, while others recently joined our Jennie Family. We feel blessed and thankful to have shared in their lives.

Please help us honor the following individuals. 


Gayla Johnson – retired volunteer
Gayla began volunteering at Methodist Jennie Edmundson in 2011. While she loved working in the Gift Shop, she also shared her time and compassion volunteering in the Outpatient Surgery Department helping patients and their families. Gayla contributed more than 900 hours of volunteer service at Jennie.  She was a joy to be around, and we are thankful for the time she committed to the hospital.  

Irene Kemp – retired volunteer
Irene began volunteering at Jennie in 1975, holding several committee and board positions.  In addition to sharing her leadership skills, you could also find Irene volunteering in the Outpatient Surgery and East Lobby where she greeted patients and guests.  In the later years, Irene continued volunteering from home helping with the Edmundsonian and the Auxiliary newsletter.  Irene was a joy to work with and will be missed by her Jennie family.  

Linda Over – retired volunteer, Jennie Graduate
As a 1986 graduate of the Jennie Edmundson Hospital School of Nursing program, Linda dedicated her life to caring for others. After a long and rewarding career, Linda returned home to Jennie Edmundson in 2014 as a volunteer. Dedicating over 150 hours of service working in the gift shop and on multiple projects throughout the hospital. She is dearly missed by her Jennie family.

Roger Pentico – retired volunteer
Roger began volunteering at Jennie in 2001, logging more than 1,400 hours. Among his favorite spots were the East, West and Outpatient Surgery Desk.  Roger’s big smile and warm personality put thousands of patients and visitors at ease of the years.  Always one to go above and beyond, he will be greatly missed. 

Coral Peterson – retired volunteer
Coral began volunteering at Jennie in 1998.  While she spent quite a bit of time volunteering in the Gift Shop, she also loved working at the Information Desk and Oncology. In addition to signing up for numerous committees and leadership positions.  Coral’s kind demeanor and caring smile will be missed by her Jennie Family.   

Ralph Smith – retired volunteer
Ralph Smith began volunteering at Methodist Jennie Edmundson in 1994 and served for more than a decade.  Logging an impressive 3,800+ hours, Ralph shared his financial talents as treasurer for the Auxiliary and Gift Shop for many years.  Ralph truly cared for his community and loved to give back by volunteering his time at Jennie Edmundson and several other organizations.  We will miss Ralph’s feisty side and big heart!


Albert Arredondo – employee
As a member of our Food Service team for over a decade, Albert shared his compassion, dedication and laughter throughout the hospital. Whether delivering trays to patient rooms or a double shift covering for a co-worker, Albert always demonstrated the heart of our motto that “Jennie Cares”.   He is greatly missed by co-workers, patients and families.

Scott Beckman – retired employee
From the moment Scott joined the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Family, his compassion and love for people shined brightly.  His ability to work with people of all ages quickly put his patients and families members at ease, especially those going to the Cath Lab.  Scott’s gentle spirit, kind smile and can-do attitude has left a huge impression on the hearts of his co-workers.  Scott is dearly missed by his Jennie family.

Enrique Berrones – employee
Enrique began his career at Methodist Jennie Edmundson in the spring of 2020. As a member of Environmental Services, Enrique shared his laughter and love of life with just about everyone he met.  Enrique once said his purpose in life was “to help others,” and that he did.  Enrique’s smile lit up a room and his kindness put everyone at ease.  Greatly missed by all who knew him.

Rosalie Farrell – retired employee, Jennie Graduate
Rosalie was a Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing graduate, class of 1954, who served as a surgical nurse at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital retiring in 1988.  Rosalie will be long remembered for her ability to work with people of all ages, bringing tranquility and comfort to her patients and their families.  She will be dearly missed by her Jennie family. 

Debra Kadlec – retired employee
As a pediatric nurse at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, Deb will be remembered for her kind and loving nature.  Bringing dedication and commitment to everything she did, her positive attitude and outlook on life were an inspiration to all around her.  She is dearly missed by her Jennie family

Dr. David Kuper – Urologist
Dr. Kuper was a longtime physician who served the Council Bluffs community from 1973-2006.  Dedicated to the community and the hospitals, he leaves behind a legacy of leadership and a commitment to his profession that will live on in the memories of his patients and co-workers.

Nancy Monahan – retired employee
Nancy joined the Jennie family as a unit secretary.  During this time, Nancy shared her dedication, organizational skills and compassion with her coworkers as well as our patients and families.  Remembered for her kind and loving nature, Nancy will be long remembered by all whew knew and loved her.   

Betty Pennington – retired employee
Betty began her career at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital in 1990 as a member of our Food Service team.  Betty’s quiet, kind personality and gentle smile are fondly remembered by her co-workers as she was always willing to go above and beyond to help out wherever needed.  We are thankful for the legacy of caring she leaves behind.   

Edith Peterson – retired employee
Edith was a caring and compassionate nurse who was well respected by her colleagues.  Whether she was caring for patients at their bedside or guiding students and new nurses, Edith had an incredible ability to bring out the best in everyone.  Edith will be remembered for her compassion, laughter and ability to provide comfort during many stressful situations.  She is dearly missed by her Jennie family.