Thomas V. “Tommy” Lenfestey lll

Thomas V Lenfestey III

Thomas V. “Tommy” Lenfestey III, age 45, of Kenosha passed away at his home surrounded by his family. Tommy was born on June 21, 1975 in Kenosha to Thomas Jr. and Deborah (Cappelen) Lenfestey. He attended local schools and graduated from Tremper High School in 1994. Tommy worked for over 22 years at Piggly Wiggly and for 4 years at Festival Foods and always greeted everyone he saw with an honest smile. He loved the outdoors, particularly ATV and bike riding. Tommy really loved shopping with his mom and going to Packer games with his sister. Tommy especially took pleasure in fishing with his dad and uncle Kenny, where excessive bragging about their superior methods and catch was a must. He was passionate about gardening, building things, power tools and music, especially 50-60’s era oldies. Tommy was a happy person who enjoyed giving to others when he could, and Christmas was Tommy’s favorite holiday. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. 

He was preceded in death by, his maternal and paternal grandparents as well as aunts and uncles.

Tommy is survived by, his parents, Thomas and Deborah Lenfestey; his sister, Amy (Rodney) Cavitt; half-sister, Diane Lenfestey and many aunts, uncles, other family and friends. 

Funeral services for Tommy will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Kemper Center – Founders Hall (6501 – 3rd Avenue). A visitation with the family will be held at Kemper on Friday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin would be greatly appreciated.

Thoughts for Thomas V. “Tommy” Lenfestey lll;

  • Dave and Kathy Larson says:

    Tom, Debi & Amy; it is with a heavy heart that Dave and I feel at the loss of Tommy. We still have a hard time believing this. Tommy was a bright ray of sunshine he always had a huge smile on his face and an infectious laugh that just made everyone around him feel happy and loved. He so loved the outdoors and we know how much he enjoyed the 4th of July with loved ones, friends, camp fire, food, singing the music he loved and all the fireworks. He loved his fireworks! We are deeply sorry for the loss of such an amazing young man but Tommy will always be in our hearts with such wonderful memories. We love and miss you Tommy. May God keep you close as you are now an exceptional Angel.

    • Tommy was a great kid.I remember when he came in shopping with his mother. when I worked at piggly Wiggly,Tommy would always come over and talk to me,very friendly young man.Im very sorry for your loss.Deb I dont know if you remember me Bob from piggly wiggly I moved away to South Dakota in 1993. My prayers go out to you and your family. GOD BLESS.

    • LuAnn Frederick says:

      Tommy always had a smile and would stop whatever he was doing to talk for a minute. He was beloved and will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to his family.

    • Tommy was so giving. He was a fixture at Pig as well as Festival. He always had a smile on his face and praise for people. My Family will forever be blessed for knowing him. God speed strength to his family. He will be missed.

    • Linda and John Morehouse says:

      Both my husband and myself will miss Tommy .We were always greeted by him with a smile. He made our weekly shopping at Festival more pleasant. He was always smiling and extremely helpful. He will be missed by many. Our condolences and prayers to his family and all who loved him.

  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tommy. I will miss our daily interactions at Festival foods. I know your new raspberry plants will flourish just like the love and kindness you showed to all. I will miss you my friend.

    -Dan Ralph

  • Ashlee Colmer says:

    I worked with Tommy at Piggly Wiggly. He was the kindest person. His laugh was contagious. I am so very sorry to hear this. Praying for his family and friends. He is going to be missed by everyone.

    • Virginia Robinson says:

      I’m so heartbroken to hear about the the loss Tommy, I go way back to piggly wiggly from knowing him, when pigs closed I was happy to see him at festival, I commented to them how they made a great choice in hiring Tommy. Always upon my arrival we would great each other with a hello and a wave whether we were inside or out in the parking lot. Tommy was a hard worker, so friendly and kind. He will be sorely missed.

      My thoughts and prayers are with Tommy’s family at this sad time.

  • We loved Tommy…great person. My dad 65 yrs old always seen him and was always talking to him. He always recognized me as his daughter and was always the both of us. Wow…life can be taken in a min. We always try to do our best. So sorry to the family and will always pray for understanding.

  • Tricia (Fuller) Henoch says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Tommy. My parents and I saw him weekly at Piggly Wiggly and then at Festival, he would always ask me how my parents were doing. He even nicknamed my dad “Chuck” and would always ask how he was doing and to tel him hello. I will miss his loving personality and chats about our Green Bay Packers.

  • Corinne Arndt says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Tommy was a wonderful person with a beautiful smile. He always greeted us at Piggly Wiggly and Festival with stories of his favorite team the Packers…it was always a pleasure to see and talk to him. He will truly be missed. Again we are so sorry for your loss.

  • This breaks my heart. Tommy was an amazing person from the day I met him 30 years ago. I’m going to miss saying hi to him at festival ?

  • Michael Laudonio says:

    So sad to hear this. Tommy was one of my favorite people. Always a smile and always a conversation. Tommy would ride along with me if he saw me on my bike at work and always enjoyed his company. Tommy was all heart and will certainly be missed.

    • He was an example of how kind people who greet you with a smile always have a place in your heart. Such a beautiful characteristic to be remembered for.

  • Shannon and Robin (Schultz)Ashmus. Ed and Heidi Schultz says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of Tommy. We all have fond memories of him fishing, listening to oldies, and super bowl parties. He had a huge heart and will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for peace and healing

  • Chris Whinery says:

    Tommy was a kindhearted soul with a great sense of humor. He loved helping others with no complaint. I will miss him terribly. It will not be the same without him in this world .If you knew Tommy in any way you were touched by his selfless acts of kindness. My condolences to the family during this time of grieving.

  • Abbe Gustavus says:

    Tommy was always such an amazing person. He made sure to make your day and would bring a smile to my face going into Piggly Wiggly. You will be missed by many but never forgotten.

  • My dearest sympathies to all knew him. I met him about 20 yrs ago at Piggly Wiggly through my boyfriend I was dating at the time, Stevan Palmer. Every single time I’ve met him and seen him at either Piggly Wiggly or festival where he worked with my daughter, he always said hello and took some time from his day to chat. He was such a great person. I didnt know him well but he was so friendly to me and my daughter. We were shocked at the news and hurt that we wouldn’t see him again. He will be missed! Gods blessings to all the family!

  • Jerry & Terry Wilburn says:

    Jerry & I are so very sorry to hear of your son’s passing. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with you and your loved ones during this very difficult time.??

  • I am saddened by the passing of Tommy. Prayers for your family. Tommy was a awesome guy to have working with at the pig. He was known as the mayor as he knew most all the customers by name. This trait is highly amazing that he could remember pretty close to every customer who came into the store. His personality was infectious. His love for Garth Brooks and with his Garth hat he was actually Garth jr. We pray that we will meet in heaven. Tommy i sm sure already knows most all in heaven by name… he was that good remembering peoples names.. God Bless.

  • Lt. Matt Martin, KFD (Ret.) says:

    Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear about Tommy. He would always greet us as soon as we made our way toward the store from the fire engine or ambulance. His smile, his enthusiasm, and his love for people and genuine conversation will be missed. Take care, my friend.

  • I am so sad to hear of his passing. I did not know his name but felt like we were friends. Whenever I would see him outside at Piggly Wiggly and Festival he seemed genuinely happy to see me and would always be smiling. He will be greatly missed,

  • Melissa Owens says:

    So sorry for your loss. Tommy was always there with a smile and a helping hand. My grandchildren would run in to see if Tommy was there and he usually was. He will be missed.

  • Marianne Schiess says:

    I am so, so sad to hear of the loss of your amazing son, Tommy! Like many others, I knew him from Piggly Wiggly and now Festival. My dad (who passed away 8 yrs. ago) also looked forward to talking about the Cubs when seeing him at the store. At that time, he would console me about losing my dad. He is truly an angel and in heaven now at rest.Please accept my sincere condolences. I’ll miss you Tom……..

  • Tommy my friend I am so saddened by you leaving. God bless you and on to better things. You were a welcome face always with a smile. Myself and all of the Firemen will truly miss you. not only on the bike rides but seeing you almost everyday.

    To the Lenfestey family you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rick and Connie says:

    Tommy was the nicest and sweetest person always greeting us with a smile and joking with us, we will miss him greeting us as we are shopping at the store or seeing him on his bike on the trail, prayers to the family.

  • My co-worker posted this obituary and I was deeply saddened! I didn’t know his name but I grew to know his kind face and pleasant smile. He worked at the Piggly Wiggly and Festival in my neighborhood and I can’t believe he won’t be there anymore! I am so sorry for your loss! Please know that he made a big positive impact on the community he served.

  • Dr. Charmayne Horton says:

    Tommy I will miss you and our little chats. It was a joy to see you at either the Pig and then at Festival. I had not seen you in a few of my trips and next visit was going to ask where you were. This is a sad day for me.
    Your parents should be proud of such a fine hard working young man. Rest in Peace, I hope you see Kenny Kopesky up there!

  • I met Tommy when I was a vendor and the Pig on 80th was one of my stores. Once Tommy met you, he remembered your name and even though I no longer am a vendor, he still recalled my name whenever I saw him. Tommy loved the Breakfast Pizzas my company stocked and on my last day with that company, I gave Tommy a whole case of his favorite Breakfast Pizzas. Seems like I last saw Tommy about a month or so ago and he was his same self that I have always known and shopping in Kenosha will be a lot less memorable without Tommy being a part of it. Ride your Trek Bike across the sky Tommy….we ALL will miss you terribly.

  • Mark Andersen says:

    As these replies have touched on, literally thousands of people are going to think about you, remember you, maybe even still look for you, and definitely miss you. I know we will every time we go to the grocery store. Our minds are still boggled by this sad news. Comfort to the family and all his friends. Quincey and Mark Andersen

  • Kandy Reschke says:

    Deb & family
    I am so sorry and heartbroken to hear of Tommy’s passing. We worked at the Pig at the same time. He truly cared about others, and was always so happy to see people. I enjoyed talking to you when you would come in my lane. Tommy touched so many lives, he knew my late husband Bob and whenever I would see Tommy after I retired, he would mention Bob and we would talk and laugh at the fun memories we had of him, which warmed my heart. He will be missed!
    Kandy Reschke

  • Tommy’s kindness, smile and laugh made everyone happy! We knew him from Piggly Wiggly and Festival Foods. He was a wonderful, caring person…an inspiration to all of us! He will be missed but remembered everytime we walk in the store! Sympathies to his family.

  • I got to know Tommy when he started working at Southport. Always willing to help! He always made both smile every time we saw him at Piggly Wiggly and then Festival. His smiling energetic personality always left you feeling happy when you were finished talking with him. What a blessing he was to so many people. I am so sorry for your family’s loss.

  • I worked with Tommy at Festival; he was a great coworker. He made working at Festival an amazing experience and was very friendly to everyone he meets. His ability to keep smiling even during the worst of days is something I like to aspire to. He will be missed.

    Elias Ehlers

  • My heart is so heavy to read about Tommy. I knew Tommy when I worked at the salon next to Pig. After I left there & Pig closed, he still remembered me several years later when I saw him at Festival. Tommy was such a kind & gentle soul. I’ll miss seeing him & hearing his kind greetings. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

  • Linds Frederick says:

    Tommy was always smiling and was one of the sweetest people I ever meet. I will miss him every time I walk into the store. My heart goes out to his family. I talked with him each time I went to Piggly Wiggly and just last week at Festival. Always smiling, happy, helpful and pleasant. There should be more Tommies !!!!!

  • jennifer trecroci says:

    My prayers to his family. We always talked about the cubs when seeing him at the pig on 80th. He always would say hello with a smile and was always so helpful. He was one of a kind! I can’t believe this!

  • I met Tommy when he was in high school and would come to the ESC building to help in the warehouse after school. I and another lady were bakers in the afternoon there and Tommy would follow his nose to the kitchen. Hot dinner rolls and cookies right out of the oven were his favorites! Tommy was always happy and over the years I would see him often at Piggly Wiggly and later at Festival where he would always tell me “He was living the dream”. I would see him riding his bike in Carol Beach, his favorite tunes playing on the radio and he would always stop to say hi and give me his mileage for the day! Always very imperative!!! He will be missed by anyone who was lucky to have known him. My deepest sympathy to to the Lenfestey family, you raised a one of a kind super person.

  • Tommy will be missed by all who knew him. He always had a smile on his face and willing to help anyone. I’ll miss seeing his smiling face at Festival and talking to him. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • I will miss Tommy. I have shopped at the Pig and Festival for years and each time I came in he would have a smile. When my kids were little he would always smile and talk to them. My boys are in there 20’s now and he would still ask about them every time I saw him. He will be remembered by many for his smile and kindness.

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