Former stone industry veteran Pennie L. Sabel passed away suddenly on November 26, 2014 in Leesburg, FL. She was born in Plymouth, IN., on November 21, 1946 and grew up on a poultry farm near Grovertown, IN.

Sabel served as the Executive Director of the StonExpo Federation and was a founding member of the board, managing StonExpo until the show was sold to Hanley Wood Exhibitions in 2004. Sabel was instrumental in the growth of the show into an international destination for the stone and machinery industry.  Prior to 2001, Sabel was also executive vice president of the Marble Institute of America and the American Monument Association.

After the sale of StonExpo, Sabel authored several articles for Stone World, often combining her love for photography, travel and architectural sites.  She is fondly remembered by those who worked with her in the industry.  “Pennie and I worked closely together on the StonExpo board for the last year that the show was in existence and she worked diligently to help ensure a smooth transition to the new ownership,” said Alex Bachrach, publisher of Stone World magazine. “Her contributions to this industry, beginning with helping to launch the industry’s first stone-specific trade show”

Sabel is survived by her father, William Sabel, Tavares, FL; siblings, Douglas Sabel, West Lafayette, IN; Jo Sabel-Courtney, Stowe, VT; Rev. Thomas Sabel, Fort Wayne, IN; former spouse John Bauman, Columbus, OH; several nephews, a niece, grand-nieces and a grand-nephew. Her mother, Leona (nee Patenge) Sabel preceded her in death. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m., Sunday, December 28, 2014 at The Manor, located in The Plantation at Leesburg, 25201 U.S. Highway 27, Leesburg FL. Interment will occur in West Lafayette, IN at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the charity of your choice.

For Sabel’s full obituary, visit The Columbus Dispatch.