Brenda S. Tolbert

Feb. 9, 1966 – Sept. 20, 2010

Brenda S. Tolbert of Milwaukee passed away unexpectedly Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at her home. She was 44.

Brenda was born in Waukesha on Feb. 9, 1966, a daughter of Sally (Jensen) and the late William N. Tolbert Jr. She attended local schools as well as Edgewood College and Chico College in California. She loved writing poetry and had written several articles while attending Chico College. She enjoyed downhill skiing and had been a Blizzard Ski School instructor. She will be sadly missed.

Brenda is survived by her mother, Sally Tolbert of New Berlin; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gretchen Jensen of Wauwatosa; a daughter, Allison "Ally" Sue Gill of Hartland; and her brother, Brian Tolbert of Milwaukee. She also leaves her companion of four years, Clarence McGowan; a niece, Katya Tolbert; a nephew, Pieter Tolbert; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; her paternal grandparents, William Sr. and Jane Tolbert; her maternal grandfather, Roland Jensen; an uncle, Jack Jensen; as well as other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. funeral service Friday, Sept. 24, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. The Rev. Gary Liedtke will be officiating. A committal service will follow in Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha.

Memorials in Brenda’s name are appreciated to the family to be used at their discretion.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit