Penny L. Thole

Oct. 2, 1944 — July 17, 2015

Penny L. Thole (nee Christopher)Penny L. Thole (nee Christopher), born on October 2, 1944, to the late Harold and Bonnie (Marquardt) Christopher, entered peacefully into God’s Kingdom on Friday, July 17, 2015, at age 70.

Penny graduated from Shorewood High School in 1963 and on May 1, 1965, she married the love of her life, Roger Henry Thole. She was a longtime resident of Stone Bank and most recently resided at the Silverado Memory Care Community in Brookfield.

Penny was a very kind and gentle soul; she had a loving and generous heart, and was always giving to others.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her devoted husband of 50 years, Roger; her son, Richard (Julie) Thole; and her daughter, Renee York.

Her greatest pride and joy was being a wonderful grandmother to Emily and Eric Erato, and Anna and Tristan Thole. She was the sister of Gail (Fred) Rathgeber and Thomas Christopher, and sister-inlaw of Rodney (Carol) Thole. She is also loved by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Penny was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.

She worked for 27 years at the Stark/NECCO Candy Company.

Visitation will be at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, on Thursday, July 23, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Visitation continues at the funeral home Friday, July 24, from 10:00 to 10:45 AM, with a funeral service 11:00 AM.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the sixth floor nursing staff and physicians at Elmbrook Memorial Hospital and the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Hospice team for their support in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family for future donation to neurological diseases and research funding.

Krause Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Brookfield is serving the family. For more information, call 262-432-8300 or visit online at