Thursday, May 28, 2020


Patricia M. Schultz, 79, of Medford, passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

Patricia was born in Thorp on September 16, 1940 to Edward and Gertrude (Lee) Schultz. She attended Gilman area elementary schools and graduated from Gilman High School in 1958. She then went to Taylor County Teacher’s College and then on to UW-Steven Point to earn her Bachelor’s Degree.

Patricia taught elementary education for 35 years. She started in Rusk County, before working for the Mosinee School District for 28 years until her retirement in 1995.

In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, volunteer work, various outdoor activities, and she was an avid Packer fan. She volunteered for the Little Store in Medford. She was a member of NER, WEA, and Taylor County Historical Society.

Patricia is survived by her sister, Margaret (Harold) Helgerson of Cornell. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Patricia is preceded in death by her brother, James Schultz and good friend, Susan Meager.

Per Patricia’s request, cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held.

Hemer Funeral Service of Rib Lake and Medford is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Shirley A. Arnold, 84, Rib Lake, died on Friday, May 22 at her residence in the Town of Rib Lake under the loving care of her family and Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice.

Private family only services will be held for Shirley in the future at their residence in the Town of Rib Lake with Father Hrudaya Raju Sunkara officiating. There will be no public services.

Shirley was born on October 10, 1935 at Waukesha, WI, the daughter of Erwin E. & Hattie M. (Gastrow) Miller. She received her education in Menomonee Falls, WI schools. Her marriage took place on November 3, 1956 at St. James Catholic Church, Lannon, WI to Edward H. Arnold and he survives.

Prior to her marriage, she clerked at her family grocery store in Lannon, WI. After their marriage, they farmed in the Germantown and Slinger areas before moving to the Town of Rib Lake in 1994 where they farmed until retirement. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, watching the stock market, trips to the casino, watching the G. B. Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake.

Surviving are her husband of Rib Lake, children, Jeffrey (Michele) Arnold of Athens & Jeanne (Otto) Tiegs of Bryant, WI, grandchildren, Bryan Arnold, Brenda (Travis) Punke, Kim Galarowicz, Karen (Nate) Hintz, Eric (Kim) Tiegs, along with 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Joan (Ken) Zahnow of Menomonee Falls, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald Miller.

Hemer Funeral Service of Rib Lake and Medford is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Leo J. Jauernig, age 73, of Medford passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Leo was born on March 7, 1947 in Medford to the late Julius and Mildred (Kautman) Jauernig. He attended Medford Area Schools, after high school, Leo served in the National Guard for a number of years. On August 23, 1969 Leo was united in marriage to Blanche Dietze at Zion Lutheran Church, Stetsonville. Together, they raised two daughters. Family was very important to Leo. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with them. Leo worked various jobs, most recently as a custodian at Medford High School, a job in which he took great pride in.

In his free time, Leo enjoyed fishing, gardening, bird feeding, hunting, and attending family events, especially those of his grandchildren. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville as well as caretaker of the church and church grounds.

Left to cherish in his loving memory is his wife, Blanche; daughters – Stacy (Tony) Ungerer and Nikki (Phil) Meyer; grandchildren – Teah, Brinley, Jaedin, Hailey, McKinley, Cole, and Tenley; siblings – Donna Faude and Dorothy “Jo” Synol; and mother-in-law Velma Dietze; Leo is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; Julius and Mildred and his father-in-law Roland Dietze.

A private family only Memorial Service will take place at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Public visitation will be at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Honorary Pallbearers will be Norm Miller, Mark Miller, Tim Miller, Dale Miller, Corey Nazer, and Gary Budimlija.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Mark E. Metz, 74, of Medford, died on Monday, May 18 at his residence in the Town of Medford under the loving care of his family, special friend and Hope Hospice.

There will be a public “celebration of life” open house at the Metz Hunting Shack, at the N/W intersection of Gibson Drive and Pine Avenue (N1633 Gibson Drive) in the Town of Little Black. This will run from 12 noon until 4 PM on Saturday, May 30 with food and beverages provided.

Mark was born on June 23, 1945 in the Town of Little Black, the son of Charles I. and Beulah D. (White) Metz. He went to elementary school in the Town of Little Black and was a 1963 graduate of Medford High School. On February 8, 1969 he married Sharon Swenson at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford and they were later divorced.

After his education, Mark entered the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. After the service, he worked as a bartender at Tombstone Tap in Medford and later became one of the first route salesmen for Tombstone Pizza. Then he worked road construction for James Peterson & Sons and drove concrete truck for Peterson Concrete until retirement. In retirement, he worked part time for Jensen & Son Asphalt. Mark enjoyed golf, softball, hunting, fishing, bowling, basketball, socializing, spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Medford VFW Club & the Stetsonville American Legion Club.

Surviving Mark are his special friend, Delores “Dee” Habeck of Medford, daughters, Sarah (Matthew) Brown of Park Falls, Shelly (Keith) Purdy of Medford & Jaime Johnson of Medford. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Rory, Trista & Tucker Brown, Jace (Jessica) & Jared Purdy, Hailey & Riley Johnson and a great grandson, Aaron Purdy. Also his siblings, Mona (Kayo) Pope of Stetsonville, Jim (Bev) Metz of Medford, Paul Metz of Medford, Dan “Boone” (Jeneane) Metz of Stetsonville and Steve (Kate) Metz of Medford. His bonus family, Lynn (Keith) Becken and family & Jeannie (Mike) Pardo and family. His sisters-in-law, Linda and Deb Metz, both of Medford, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Brandon Johnson, siblings, Charles “Chuck” Metz and Phillip “Fuzz” Metz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit

Monday, May 11, 2020


Daniel Charles McCluskey, age 89, of Rib Lake, WI, formerly of Rochelle, IL, died unexpectedly on May 8, 2020. Dan was born on February 20, 1931 on the same property in Rib Lake, WI, that he returned to in his retirement. Dan was united in marriage to Joan G. Roiger on June 25, 1953 at St. Ann's Church in the Township of Greenwood, she preceded him in death in 2015. In addition to his wife Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Agatha McCluskey.
Dan will be lovingly remembered by his children; Daniel (Pam) McCluskey Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Dennis McCluskey of Medford, WI, Jeffrey (Cindy) McCluskey of Rochelle, IL, Susan (Edward) Worley of Chana, IL, and JoAnn (Danny) Martinez of Schaumburg, IL; grandchildren: Matthew McCluskey, Katie (Dustin) Long, Tawnee McCluskey, Denny (Tiffany) McCluskey, David McCluskey, Niki (Chris) Bonnell, Kristi McCluskey, Shaine McCluskey, Danielle Worley, Michael (Kristen) Worley, Benjamin (Lauren) Worley, Gabrielle Martinez, Stephanie Martinez, Danny Martinez, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; his beloved brother Keith McCluskey; as well as several brother-in-law’s and sister-in-law’s who were all a special part of his life.
Dan graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1948 and served proudly in the United States Navy from 1948 to 1952 with the Patrol Squadron Thirty-Four, USNAS Norfolk, VA. He started his career with Standard Oil as a truck driver in Chicago, IL. He went on to serve as the Amoco Oil Terminal Manager in Rochelle, IL and Madison, WI where he worked until his retirement in 1991.  Dan was a loving husband and father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved being outdoors. His greatest joy was spending time with his five children and their families. With the tip of his hat you knew he had a story to tell and it didn’t matter if he was passing along the history and knowledge of his heritage, entertaining his grandchildren, or simply trying to distract his family from day to day worries, he had a story. His memory will live on through the telling of those stories for generations to come, he will be deeply missed.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions only immediate family will be able to say goodbye in person, but many family and friends will mourn his loss.
A private service and burial will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Whittlesey on May 15, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date in Dan’s name.

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Herbert Carl Magnuson died on May 1, 2020. Herb, as he was known to his loving family and countless friends, died at home in the Town of Spirit under the watchful care of Joan Elizabeth (Dahl) Magnuson, his wife of nearly 55 years. Herb’s robustness had been reduced gradually by a congestive heart condition in recent years and he ultimately succumbed to an unforeseen myocardial infarction. All should take comfort in the fact that Herb passed quickly. Herb took his leave while still on the homestead granted in 1880 to his grandfather, Carl John, and where Herb was born in the halcyon summer of 1928.

In 1965, Herb married Joan, a music teacher raised in Hurley, WI. Their three sons (Carl, Eric, and Jacob), their respective wives (Kerry, Sarah, and Sarah), and four grandchildren (Daniel, Kate, Maya, and Lucy) all attend to the loss of Herb’s presence with a cherished trove of memories. Herb’s survived by his sister, Aileen Johnson, of Orland Park, IL. Herb was preceded in death by his brother and business partner, Lester, and parents, Jennie and Harry, who presumably are all greeting him in the great beyond. Anyone not mentioned herein yet deserving of a familial embrace should know they are loved deeply by Herb and his surviving family.

Herb spent his working life as an innovative entrepreneur caring for animals and crops - primarily mink, foxes, and ginseng. Herb attended the one-room Stone Lake School, which closed the year he completed 8th Grade. Herb graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1946. Herb worked for Elmer Taylor’s funeral home in Rib Lake during high school, which seeded plans for a possible future. After a few years spent building the Magnuson family’s growing agribusiness, Herb earned a Mortuary Science degree in 1952 from the University of Minnesota. Forgoing that degree’s utility, Herb returned to the family homestead and the agricultural pursuits that would characterize his working life for the next 60 years.

As an influential and gregarious member of the mink ranching community, Herb’s expertise and that of others from the Badger State was sought globally. Herb maintained an optimistic dedication to hard work. Vacations were rare for him, yet friendships often accompanied business throughout Herb’s life. Herb’s legacy of invaluable knowledge was freely shared with countless beneficiaries. When Herb finally “pelted out” in the fall of 2012, he left the global fur trade at an historic market peak.

Herb possessed a strong religious faith and worshipped through the decades as a member of Spirit’s United Methodist Church. Herb served as a strong pillar in the Masonic community and passed just a few days prior to what would have been the 65th anniversary of his status as a Master Mason with Lodge #217 in Medford, WI. Herb also maintained membership in Eastern Star with Joan, whose Medford chapter closed in 2020. Herb contributed to many national and local organizations (ranging from The Grange to the Spirit Lakes Improvement Association). Herb’s wide interests focused upon the beloved community in which he lived.

As a presumed lifelong Republican Party member after having been named for the long-since-heroic President Hoover, Herb’s political DNA evolved often enough by crossing the aisle to cast votes for Harry Truman in 1948 and Jimmy Carter in 1976 (“the best President the mink business ever knew,” according to Herb). He feasted upon the ongoing news of the world while always nursing a love of history. Herb spent countless happy evenings after a hard day’s work with a stack of things to read and a cocktail to savor. He brightly engaged with events occurring both near and far away, most often with a story that would bring with it a surprising new insight to be considered. His prowess as a raconteur made the overdue transition into publication with the occasional stories contributed over the past decade to the Liberty School News under the column named “Stories from Stone Lake.”

When given the chance to weigh in amidst their feelings of loss, Herb’s grandchildren and daughters-in-law described him as classic, charming, debonair, and high-spirited. Herb was known by all to be a loving man, gifted with optimism, wit, and kindness.

Herb’s family regrets only that a proper memorial gathering for all to celebrate isn’t possible at this time. When a party seems feasible…hopefully this summer to be held on the Magnuson homestead in Spirit…notices will be duly posted. Any dedications in Herb’s memory would be welcomed with grace by the United Methodist Church in Spirit, WI.

Saturday, May 9, 2020


James “Jim” A. Prell, 85 of Medford, died on Saturday, May 9 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past 1 day.

A private family only graveside service will be held at Our Saviours Lutheran Cemetery, township of Holway with Pastor Amy Heinz officiating. Grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers. A celebration of life gathering will take place and announced at some time in the future.

Jim was born on May 28, 1934 at Medford, the son of Arthur T. and Erma L. (Moore) Prell. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Day School, Medford and was a 1952 graduate of Medford High School. His marriage took place on August 29, 1953 at Curtiss to Charlotte N. Krug and she preceded him in death on September 28, 1991.

After his education, he farmed in the township of Little Black for many years. While farming, he also drove milk truck, owned his own milk route, worked at Post Mfg. in Owen and at Foremost Foods in Medford for periods of time. He also drove school and coach bus for the Krug family for many years until retirement. He was a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church, township of Holway.

He is survived by a special friend, Virgen Thiel of Medford, children, Frederick Prell of Eau Claire, Linda (Leo “Cliff”) Dyer of Stetsonville, Janet (Jerry) Cypher of Medford, Mary (Steve) Henrichs of Medford, sons-in-law, Michael Bertsinger of Stetsonville and Mark (Tammy) Lammar of Wausau. Also survived by 22 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, and sisters, Marilyn Krueger of Green Bay and Nancy Nelson of Medford. Surviving in-laws include – Gene (Gloria) Krug of Medford, Patty Prell of Bullhead City, AZ, Juanita Krug of Owen, Marian (Ken) Nernberger of Medford, Judy Nowak of Medford and Lavonne (Bernie) Dums of Holway.

Jim was preceded in death by his children, Judith Bertsinger in 2004 & JoEllen Lammar in 1997, along with his siblings, Dorothy Bach, Jerry Prell and Carol Krug.

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