30 Years Ago My Parents were on the Cover of Money Magazine



Money Magazine Fuertges January 1983


My mother, Penne Fuertges, was a very gifted woman. She finished her MBA after giving birth Money Magazine Fuertges Photosto her second child and going back to school as a non-traditional student.  She was a talented artist, had danced professionally for a ballet company, and she loved having a business career as much as raising her family. Penne was also incredibly fun to be with, and the most compassionate person I have ever known.

 In the eighties she was an accredited financial-retirement planner and later on went to work for Aetna Insurance, until she retired in 2001.  She died a year later, and never really had time to enjoy her retirement. But she loved her work.  

Although my father, Don Fuertges, gave me my start in golf and competition, my mother...throughout her career taught me discipline and respect for work and helping others. 

I was away at college--studying and playing golf when Money Magazine contacted her about featuring her in their January issue, 1983.  When the magazine came out...it was funny to walk down the grocery aisle and see my parents smiling back at me.

They have both been gone for almost 10 years, and the photos taken for that issue are some of my favorite of my parents and brother. 



Kathy Schowe   760.333.8886  

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Comment balloon 12 commentsKathy Schowe • March 15 2013 02:33PM


Kathy - Thanks for letting me share your history. I note your pride and inspiration gained from your role models.

Posted by Larry O'Sullivan over 6 years ago

Thanks for checking in Larry! I was blessed to have such special parents. Have a happy Saint Patty's Day!  Best,  Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago


You must be very proud of your parents . . . . that way magical moment for your mom and dad.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 6 years ago

That really is something to treasure, Kathy.  You must have been tickled pink to see them on the magazine cover.  I can see you look like your father.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 6 years ago

Thanks Lou and Jane... I miss them so much!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Kathy - You're a very gifted woman in your own right, so I'm not surprised your parents were on the cover of Money Magazine!  It must be hard to not have such special people here with you.  Loved the photo of the magazine and the personal story!!!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Thanks so much Laura- I am a very lucky girl.  Have a great weekend!  K

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 6 years ago

Kathy that is a great story, thanks for sharing with us.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) over 6 years ago

Kathy~What beautiful memories you have and what a beautiful legacy your mother and father left for you. You must have been a hit on campus the week that story was published!

Posted by Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate (Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO) over 6 years ago
Kathy, those are wonderful memories and maybe a little bittersweet as well! How many people can claim that their parents were on the cover of a magazine!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago

Hi Kathy, don't know how I came upon this, but glad I did. Mom and Dad were wonderful people! I worked for Fuertge and he taught me a lot about not only taking care of business, but loyalty. The guy would do anything for those who entered his circle, so to speak. I miss them both.

Posted by john oppliger about 2 years ago

This is so cool Kathy. Like I said, Mom always talks so highly of your Mom. She just loved her. I wish I could have met them! Love, Julie!

Posted by Julie Galens 5 months ago