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Obituary for Jay Joseph Thoennes

August 26, 1986 – May 19, 2023

Jay Joseph Thoennes, 36, took his final ride and went to heaven on May 19. He passed in the arms of his family at Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa, following a motorcycle accident. He was born in Racine on Aug. 26, 1986, the son of James and Cheryl (nee: Kroes) Thoennes.

Jay Joseph Thoennes
Jay Joseph Thoennes

Jay graduated from Washington Park High School, class of 2005. He was multi-talented and a certified welder by trade. Jay could pretty much fix anything that needed it. He was a very caring person and was always there to lend a helping hand. He was an artist and motorcycle enthusiast who enjoyed fishing. He will be remembered for his big smile, generous hugs, and never hesitating to tell you he loved you. He was a friend to all and loved time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his parents, Jim and Cheryl; brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Jen; nephew, Emmit; niece, Norah; grandparents, Theodore Kroes and Helen Thoennes; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, including friends at the Grove and Alano Club. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dolores Kroes, John Thoennes; and uncle, Larry Hamilton.


Relatives and friends may meet the family from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 25 at the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home. A service will follow at 7 p.m. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

The family wishes to thank all of you for your love and support at this difficult time.

Jay Joseph Thoennes
Jay Joseph Thoennes – Life Panel® courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home

Obituary and photo courtesy of Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.

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