Kathleen (nee Thompson) Pence

Kathleen (nee Thompson) Pence of Oconomowoc was born to eternal life Monday, June 9, 2008, at age 63.

Kathleen is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, John, and devoted daughters, Sarah (Peter) Fletcher of Hartland, Eleisia (James) McGuire of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Julie (Ryan) Rammer of Madison. She is also survived by her five adoring grandchildren, Molly Fletcher, Julia and Aidan McGuire and Lucy and Max Rammer. She is also survived by the Landers family of Missouri, the Smith family of Indiana, the Harrin family of Kansas and her goddaughter, Heather Hopkins of Washington, D.C. She will be fondly remembered by her many devoted friends and business associates.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her dear mother and father, Mary Jane and Robert Henry Thompson.

Born in Birmingham, Mich., Kathleen was a graduate of Michigan State University. For 36 years she owned and operated Carlson Wagonlit/Top Travel Service of Oconomowoc and a second office in Watertown. Among her professional honors were the Carlson Wagonlit Travel Award of Excellence, Carlson Golden Circle Awards, and in 2001 Kathleen was awarded the Business Journalís Women of Influence Award.

Kathleen was highly respected and actively involved in her community and served on the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce, the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund, the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Rotary International and Lake Country Young Life. She was also a devoted member of Westbrook Church.

In every aspect of her life Kathleen exemplified thoughtfulness, kindness, grace and a beautiful Christian spirit, which will be her legacy. She touched so many lives and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Although she will be greatly missed, her wonderful and full life will be celebrated!

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service today, June 11, at Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, Hartland. A private interment will be held.

Kathleenís wishes were for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made to any of the organizations that were close to her heart: Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund, Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, Oconomowoc Rotary or Lake Country Young Life.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.