Steven J Penning

Feb. 23, 1960 - Jan. 24, 2024 - Town of Stockbridge, WI

Funeral Service

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

11:30 am

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

54 E. Main St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Funeral Visitation

Friday, Feb. 2, 2024

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wieting Family Funeral Home

411 W Main St.

Chilton, WI

Funeral Visitation

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

10:00 am - 11:15 am

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

54 E. Main St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Burial Service

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

12:45 pm

St. Mary Catholic Cemetery

680 N. Madison St.

Chilton, WI 53014

Steven J Penning

Town of Stockbridge WI

Steven Jerome Penning, age 63, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at his home in the Town of Stockbridge.  He was born on February 23, 1960, in Chilton, Wisconsin, son of the late Harold “Mike” & Jean (Nachtwey) Penning.

Steve's family moved to the Penning farm in Fond du Lac when he was age 10 but kept close ties with Chilton returning for work, play, and a family of his own. 
He enjoyed working with his hands, auto mechanics and industrial maintenance.  He made an impact in the community working as an EMT, at a local garage and organizations such as Kaytee, Paul Roehrig Trucking, Ottery, Ornua and Snap-on.

Steve was a landlord for 38 years. He also volunteered with the Chilton Fire Department for 25 years. He enjoyed learning about arson investigation and was assistant chief for 10 years. 

Steve appreciated moments in the great outdoors camping in Algoma and Westward Ho.  He was a member of the Quinney Fishing Club.  He always looked forward to the deer hunting season and time spent with buddies on the lake ice fishing and sturgeon spearing.  His final wish was that his funeral didn't conflict with sturgeon spearing weekend! With this passion for nature and a bright vision for the future, Steve devoted time and resources to planting trees and native grasses to beautify the landscape.  

Steven cherished his family.  He was a great dad and extremely proud of his four grandchildren.

Survivors include his children: Elisa Penning (Eric Bahr) & Jacob (Chelsea) Penning; his grandchildren: Sullivan & August Bahr, Lucy & Bailey Penning; and his siblings: Nancy (Ron) Marose, Michael Penning & Terry (Wendy) Penning.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Erica and brother Rick.  

Family wishes to thank the angels who work at ThedaCare Hospice and the Hope Clinic at Froedtert. Special thanks are extended to Steve's wide circle of wonderful friends and all are invited to attend some or all of the following services:

Friday, February 2nd
Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St., Chilton) 
Viewing, visitation, & appetizers
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 3rd
Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St., Chilton)
10:00 am - 11:15 am Gathering
11:30 am Mass of Christian Burial with Fr. Jon Thorsen

Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Chilton.

At the time of the service and following, there will be a link available above for those wishing to watch a live stream or archived recording of the service, watch a memorial video, or see pictures of the flowers and gifts given to the family.


So sorry just read this.He was our landlord for years He also lived in the back apartment too.Such a great guy.God took angel .His smile was memorable.Always a happy man.So sorry Jacob and his other children.Heartbroken. Peggy.Gabby and Josh Vogt

Peggy Vogt (I was a renter.) 2024-02-21 17:17:56

My sympathies on your loss of Steve, Penning family. Grateful for our shared times at the Lake. The world will be less friendly without Steve’s great smile and kind heart.

Jean Nachtwey Solis (Cousin) 2024-01-29 22:40:42

May Steve rest in peace his soul of a great heart will be missed I had him as a EMT back then a couple times his time as a fire fighter is well known and thank ful for as he put his life at risk he had a heart of gold an will be missed?????

michelle swette (Friend) 2024-01-28 20:42:24

Condolences to Steve’s family and friends. Steve picked up milk by us and we couldn’t help but notice how his face lit up when he talked about his children and grandchildren. He had an appreciation for life and the people in his life. Oh, the wonderful people we got to know in our milk house. ??

Dave and Jacki Meinert (Was our milk hauler) 2024-01-27 17:35:26

My condolences to the family. Great memories of Steve throughout our school years in FDL. RIP Steve !

Brian Benson (Friend) 2024-01-27 09:32:06

My deepest sympathy, most remembered while at the firemen’s brat fry and Sturgeon Spearing. Always smiling and was such a kind soul. God speed now you are home??

Alex Salm (Friend ) 2024-01-27 09:31:41

Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Steve for many years and he was always a pleasure to work with. Wishing you peace, comfort, and many great memories to keep with you.

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) 2024-01-26 09:19:17

To my high-school buddy, may you rest in peace.I have so many fond memories,until we meet again Steve.

Scott Holmes (Friend) 2024-01-26 09:06:20

The Canadian fishing crew will miss him.

Kip Pagel (Friend) 2024-01-25 20:03:17

My sincere condolences to the Penning family in their loss of Steve. I knew Steve through the fire department family many years ago. Such a good man. Prayers are with your family!

Kathy Kuhn (Acquaintance/ friend ) 2024-01-25 19:06:22

Some of my best memories were backyard barbecues with all the cousins at Mabel’s house. Those were the days! Steve was very kind hearted and will be greatly missed.

Cyndee Yonkus (Cousin) 2024-01-25 18:23:50


CAROL BUELOW (MICHEALS FRIEND) 2024-01-25 17:59:41

I have very fond memories of staying w the Pennings on Aunt Jean and Uncke Mike’s farm in the 70’s. Steve was very sweet and helpful w us “ city folks” who had never stated on a farm but were expected to help with chores. He was a year older than me and probably my first crush. We did not see them much growing up but I remember him driving to my dad’s funeral after our sudden loss in the 80’s. So sorry for your loss, friends and family. Sounds like he grew into a wonderful man.

Mary Shafer ( Schomisch) (Cousin ) 2024-01-25 17:24:16

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Steve's family. We had many great times together both at and away from work. Rest in Peace Weeb!

Roger & Kathy Woelfel (Old Friends) 2024-01-25 14:24:26

With fond memories of times on the farm and at Shawano Lake with the extended Nachtwey clan. Rest in pace, Steve.

Chris Schomisch Moravec (Cousin) 2024-01-25 12:08:40

I had the privilege of waiting on Steve many many times through the years at 7 Angel's Family restaurant. He was such an AWESOME customer and AMAZING man. He was always smiling and positive, and he was so kind and gracious. He will be greatly missed by ALL!!!!!!!!

Heather (Waitress friend) 2024-01-25 11:37:31

So sorry to hear about your your loss. I knew Steve many years ago from church when he hung around a classmate of mine Gary Karls from Jericho. As the years passed he became a friend of my brother Gary Halbach thru the fire dept. May you rest in peace Steve.

karen swonger (friend) 2024-01-25 11:33:54

Thinking of the Penning family at this very sad time. Glad to have seen Steve in more recent years in Shawano. Sympathies to all.

Kathy (Nachtwey) and Roy Frank (Cousin) 2024-01-25 10:57:09

Our Sympathy for your loss. I helped Steve with a couple of his landscape projects and he was a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.

Josh Woelfel (Neighbor ) 2024-01-25 06:33:59

Our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family. I had the privilege and the honour to know Steve, not only as a brother firefighter for over fifteen years, but also as a friend. He excelled at both. May God watch over you and be with you during this trying and difficult time.

Mike & Lin Bruckner (Friend) 2024-01-24 23:08:54

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Steve's family. He was a wonderful caring person and it was my pleasure to work with him on the ambulance years ago. He will be missed, especially his smile and personality and the impact he had on those he served. Rest in peace Steve and I'm proud to have had you as a partner and a friend.

Jane Barany (Former EMT partner and friend) 2024-01-24 21:38:01

My sympathies to Steve’s family may you rest in peace old friend

Fredrick Brocker ( old friend ) 2024-01-24 21:36:09

My sympathy to the family. Lots of fun memories with Steve especially durning sturgeon spearing. Will always remember him.

Bruce Alten (Close friend and fellow fire fighter) 2024-01-24 20:02:24

My condolences to the Penning family. Growing up me and Steve were best friends. Remember going to his parents house in fond du lac after they moved. I'd be able to go every other weekend. They use to live in chilton right across the street. He was a special person. I wish I'd have had time to see him again . He'll be missed. Rest in peace Steve. Hope to see you again my friend

Scott groeschl (Friends) 2024-01-24 19:00:45

Our sympathy to Steve’s family. He was a gracious person who loved life. RIP

Dean and Alice Connors (Friend) 2024-01-24 18:35:10

We are sorry to hear this. Prayers are with your family to move through this tough time. Steve worked at Kaytee with both us and camped with us at Westward Ho so many laughs in both places. An amazing guy for sure. My older children will always remember his famous scramble eggs ??

Nick & Angie Koehler (Friend) 2024-01-24 18:28:02

I consider myself blessed to have known Steve. He will always live strong in my heart.

Wendy Penning (Sister in law) 2024-01-24 17:57:16

Thoughts and prayers to the Penning family. You will be missed, Steve.

Julie (Nachtwey) Walsh (Cousin) 2024-01-24 17:14:16

Dear Steve’s family Prayers and sympathy are being sent to you. Cherish your memories, Respectfully Jamie Rozman

Jamie Rozman (Friend) 2024-01-24 17:11:20

My thoughts and prayers for the Penning Family. Cherish those memories and keep them close in your heart.??

Kathy Klaeser (Friend) 2024-01-24 16:47:07

Sending our sympathy to the family.

Larry and Barb Joas (Former neighbors) 2024-01-24 16:43:04

Our sympathies to Steves entire family he was a good friend and will never be forgotten. I will miss you at the coffee shop in the mornings RIP my friend.

Randy Bratz (Friend) 2024-01-24 15:09:20

Steve was a great man very soft-spoken and I will miss you Steve my sympathy goes out to the family rest in peace my friend.

Mary Krause (My landlord, neighbor, and my ambulance partner many years ago he was a wonderful EMT) 2024-01-24 14:35:24

My sympathy to Steve's family. Steve was a great person who would help anyone. Steve was a great friend and 1st Assistant Fire Chief. Will miss ya @ 7 Angels Gary & Deann Halbach family

gary halbach (Friend) 2024-01-24 13:25:21

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