Hello. I’m Laura Thornton and I’ve been part of the Mukwonago community off and on since 1987 when I married my husband Ray. I’ve worked in the banking industry for years and have been part of many departments starting as a teller, personal banker, auditor, lender and bank manager.
Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
I have 2 children. My son lives out in the state of Washington with his wife and 2 children. My daughter lives in Fon du lac. My husband and I enjoy our lake home and the quiet with no more kids at home.
Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I’ve been in the banking industry since I was 18 years old. I still work full time as a manager for PyraMax Bank in Mukwonago. I love working with the people and watching them buy their first home, raise their families and save for retirement. The company that I work for is great to their employees, so that helps too!
Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Rivermoor Golf Course and Lake Beulah Country Club
Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
I’d have to say my brother in law John Thornton. He came from a very large family and he’s made himself a staple in Mukwonago and gives so much back to the community and he is very humble about it.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Port Angeles Washington to see my grandchildren Lily (7) and Eli (4)
Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
I guess for a movie I’d say “It’s a wonderful life” and Storage Wars for a TV show.
Q: What advice would you give to people?
Never go to bed angry. Don’t fret about things that you can’t control. Love, love, love your family and don’t take them for granted as you are never promised tomorrow.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
Going to Hawaii
Q: What is your go to band when you can’t decide what to listen to?
Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
The old A&W root beer stand. My parents took me there when I was young.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Adam Sandler-he’s hilarious! I’d meet up with him @ Rivermoor Country Club.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
I like how it’s grown but I still recognize a lot of people on the streets or in the grocery store.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Retired and going out West to see my family there that I only see about twice a year. Perhaps I’ll spend time with my husband, although he travels for his job so once he retires we may be put together too much and that will take some adjusting.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I used to sing in weddings and I was a hairdresser for a short period of time.
Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Multnomah Falls in Corbett Oregon
Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
I love the warmth, so August is my favorite month. My favorite holiday is Christmas and the best single day on the calendar is Mother’s Day
Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
A good glass of red wine (Pinot Noir)!
Q: Who inspires you to be better?
The higher power. God.
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Coffee brewing and brownies baking.
Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Love, honor, cherish