In Memory

Janet Cleasby (Hagg)

Janet Cleasby (Hagg)

Janet Hagg


Janet Susan Hagg passed away at her home in Milton, Florida on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Jan was born August 25, 1948 to Lester and Frances Cleasby in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Following graduation from Memorial High School in 1967 Jan attended UW-Eau Claire where she finished with a BA degree. She worked in childcare for a few years. Jan and Charles Hagg were married September 28, 1985. The couple lived in Eau Claire until 2014 when they moved to Milton, Florida. Together Chuck and Jan travelled widely by motorcycle to the Carolinas, New England, Colorado, and Montana. Later they took trips by car to Pennsylvania. They often flew to Florida, a favorite place with its beaches on the gulf and an abundance of shells. They also made one trip to Hawaii.

Jan was active in jail ministry at the Eau Claire County jail for over 20 years starting in the 1990s, meeting with women inmates for worship and Bible study. Jan spent much time writing in her blog, both poetry and prose.

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Joe Cleasby, and her half-sisters Jean Lewis and Donna Huff.

Jan is survived by her husband Charles Hagg of Milton, Florida, her brothers Jack (Barb) Cleasby of Eau Claire, WI, and Jeff (Norma) Cleasby of Milton, WI, her sister Margaret (Dave) Bauman of Baraboo, WI, and many nieces and nephews and their families.

A memorial service was held April 29, 2021 at Bay Area Vineyard Church in Milton, FL. Another memorial will be held in Wisconsin sometime in late June. (June 21 at 2:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church)

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06/12/21 09:44 AM #1    

Jean Behnke (Wisnewski)

I remember Janet in High School and I'm so sorry to hear of her passing.  We are all getting older but the loss of another classmate reminds all of us to cherish each day.  God Bless and R.I. P.

06/12/21 12:49 PM #2    

Catherine McRae (Haasl)

I remember Janet from high school, though I didn't know her well.  Reading her tribute made me smile.  The Janet I remembered from high school would not be riding around on a motorcycle!  Sounds like she lived an interesting life and was able to do some traveling.  Good for her!  I agree with Jean, always hard to lose a classmate, no matter how well we knew them.  My condolences to her family and friends.  Rest in peace, Janet.

06/13/21 06:30 AM #3    

Sheryl Manthei (Rudd)

I am sorry sorry to hear of the loss of another classmate. I remember Janet as a kind and gentle person. My sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

06/13/21 08:09 AM #4    

Patricia Plomedahl (Halverson)

Sorry to read of Janet's passing.  She was a classmate of mine starting in second grade at Cleghorn School.  She was a quiet, intelligent person who marched to her own drum.  Saddens me to see another classmate gone.  May she R.I.P.

06/13/21 02:17 PM #5    

Ron Halpern

I never knew or even met Janet, but that hardly matters. We have lost another classmate and, with her, a piece of ourselves, as classmates, as friends, as fellow travelers, has been lost. How short and how precious is our time here. Janet's passing should give all of us pause to reflect on all the events, all the experiences, all the people who had an influence, either great or small, on our collective development as unique individuals. We must not, should not, cannot ever forget or minimize how they helped to make us the persons we were, and still are, today.



06/13/21 04:51 PM #6    

Dan Hall

I didn't know Janet either, but this much I do know, based on the fact that she spent 20 years in jail ministry: She was dedicated to a higher calling and has now been called home to her reward. Anyone who can devote that much volunteer time ministring to folks in jail is a person of true substance, compassion and love.  I feels like we all could have learned something from her.  My hat is off to her and a life well lived.  I'm pretty confident that she has heard the words "well done good and faithful servant" and is indeed resting in peace. 

06/14/21 04:34 PM #7    

Jeff Odenbreit

I Knew Janet, her brother Jack and Cleasby family Growing up in town of Pleasant Valley. We went to first grade at Kaiser one room school, Cleghorn, Brackett and city schools together. A really nice family.  All My sympathy to Janet's family.  Rest in peace Janet..


06/15/21 10:06 AM #8    

Cindy Clarke (Vergenz)

EC Memorial was a big school, with lots of students and most of us hung around in pods of people. I knew Janet because we were locker neighbors:  Clare, Clarke, Cleasby and Close....  I wish I'd known her as an adult. We'd  probably have had a lot to talk about. Her life sounded full of love, fun, fulfillment and faith.    CindyV 


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