Penny Lynn Polhemus of Franklin, WI, passed away March 30,2022, at the age of 76, with her Daughter, Jenny Lynn Polhemus, & Son-in-Law, Don Fields, by her side. Spunky, outgoing, & fun-loving, Penny was an incredible lady who was definitely on of a kind.
In preparation for what would eventually become a teaching career spanning 35 years, Penny graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She started her teaching career in the Milwaukee School system teaching Math.
She later moved to the Muskego-Norway School system & taught for many years at Bay Lane Middle School before transferring to Muskego High School. While teaching fulltime she went back to school & earned her Masters degree plus 30 credits, just shy of earning her Ph.D.
Penny loved teaching & the many young people she encouraged over the years. Some of her favorite words were, "Once a teacher, always a teacher."
During her life she enjoyed being at her lake house in Northern Wisconsin, where she loved antiquing, boating, fishing, hunting, & spending time with her many friends around the lake. She created a haven for Hummingbirds & Orioles & fed her birds diligently every day. She spent many joyful hours watching all the "hummers" buzzing around her feeders.
Throughout her life Penny had a compassionate love for animals & rescued many pets to enjoy long lives. She believed deeply in the mission of the Humane Society & was an avid supporter of their organization.
She is survived by her Daughter, Jenny Lynn Polhemus & Son-in-Law, Donald "Donnie" fields; Penny's Sister, Nancy & Brother-in-Law, Dave Lawrenz; and Princess Millie, Penny's faithful, furry feline companion. Penny is also survived by long-time teaching friends In Southern Wisconsin, as well as at her lake house. Penny was predeceased by her Son, Michael John Polhemus & her Parents, Verna & Melvin Isleb.
If we could see Penny in Heaven, we know she would be driving a boat at full throttle, with the motor trimmed just enough to keep it in the water, once again on the hunt for a monster Muskie & eternally flying free.
There will be a celebration of Penny's life later in 2022, to be announced. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, that you honor Penny's love of animals with a donation in Penny's name to the Clark County Humane Society in Neillsville, WI, (https://www.cchs-petshelter.org/donate-to-cchs), or to your favorite animal shelter.