Monday, December 1st, 1952 - Sunday, July 17th, 2022
Peggy Joan Arentz, 69, of Middle Ridge died on Sunday July 17, 2022, surrounded by her loving
family after a heroic 15-month battle with metastatic lung cancer.
Peggy was born as a twin on December 1, 1952 in La Crosse, to Clarence and Verna Clements. She graduated from Central High School in 1970, and shortly thereafter expanded her education to the field of health care, which complemented her caring and giving nature. She would eventually work as a beloved medical assistant with Gundersen Health System, until her retirement in 2018.
On July 7, 1973, she was united in holy matrimony to William Arentz at St. Thomas More
Catholic Church in La Crosse. Their love began when Peggy asked Bill on a date during the
Bohemian Valley Watershed Father’s Day Gathering. She and Bill raised their family on their
dairy farm in Middle Ridge. Along with her work away from home, Peggy was always a driving
force who strove for excellence in everything, including the farm. Her involvement with milking
cows, field work and working off the farm was part of the strong values she instilled in her
Peggy made her mark at Gundersen, where she built a 20-year career as a medical assistant in the General Internal Medicine Clinic. Peggy and her twin sister, Patty, worked together and retired from Gundersen, where they shared in friendships and laughs with co-workers who became lifelong friends. Her work ethic and sound judgment earned the respect and affection of her colleagues.
Peggy’s life could easily be defined not by her work or where she spent her years, but by the
commitment and love that she devoted to her family. No words can define or adequately express how much love she gave, love she received and how deeply she will be missed.
Peggy was an incredibly loving and devoted wife to Bill Arentz, a dedicated and selfless mother
to Beth (Richard) Clements, Joseph (Sharon) Arentz and Peter (Kimberly) Arentz; a proud and
doting grandmother to Eva, Sophie and William Clements; Lydia, Cole, Calvin, Cullen, Curtis
and Cyrus Arentz; and Trevor and Isaac Arentz, and cherished sister to Ann Hundt, Tom
(Carolyn) Clements, Mike (Ann Marie) Clements, Pete (Susan) Clements, Connie (Bob)
Goodreau, Patty (Mark) Mlsna, and Joe (Barb) Clements. She was equally loved by Bill’s family
in Middle Ridge. Peggy is further survived by her sisters-in-law Patty (Jim) Schermerhorn and
Mary (Arlan) Schmidt; and brothers-in-law, Sam (Sandy) Arentz, Tom (Pam) Arentz, Chuck
(Cheryl) Arentz, and Terry (Sue) Arentz. She was a caring and loving aunt to many special
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Verna Clements, her in-laws Arnold and Theresa Arentz, her sister Constance Goodreau, brother in law, Arlan Schmidt and nephews, Steven Hundt and Rick Schermerhorn.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church,
Middle Ridge. Father Biju Chennala Kunjukutty will officiate. A private burial will take
place at a different date. Visitation will from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church and from 9 a.m. Friday until the time of Mass.
Family and friends are invited for a celebration of Peggy’s life from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Log
Cabin Banquet Hall in Bangor.
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