Original business as it was established in Cumberland
August Schneider's diploma, dated 1913, which hangs in our Cumberland location
Original photo courtesy of Katie Kuenkel
August Schneider was born in Rice Lake, WI in 1887. Mr. Schneider came to Cumberland in 1915 and began his partnership with Clarence Jacobson. Albin J. Hyllengren and Henry L. Cotone joined the firm in the late 1920's.
In the early 1940's, A.J. Hyllengren converted the large family home located at 637 North Main Street in Rice Lake to establish Hyllengren Funeral Home. In 1944, the Cumberland business of Schneider & Jacobson was sold to Henry Cotone, which he operated for many years.
Along the Way
In 1971, Bob and Pat Skinner of Cumberland purchased the funeral home from Henry Cotone. Bob and Pat owned and operated the funeral home for almost 40 years, during which time they also established the funeral home in Turtle Lake, in 1985. Their son, Bill, completed mortuary school in 1996 and he returned home to begin his career in the family business. Bill expanded to Shell Lake in 2004 with the purchase of Pockat Funeral Home when John and Peg Pockat retired. A crematory was installed in our Turtle Lake location in 2005, which serves all four funeral homes.
In Rice Lake, Larry and Bea Jarocki succeeded A.J. Hyllengren in 1980. They operated Jarocki Funeral Home and Cremation Service for almost 30 years. In 2007, it was sold to Bill Skinner of Skinner Funeral Home in Cumberland. A.J. Hyllengren's grandson, Brian, was a licensed funeral director with Skinner Funeral Home for many years.
There are many traditions surrounding funeral service, deserving of much respect. At the same time, we too must respond to changing consumer requests, continuing to evolve along with our culture, technology, and daily life. We are proud to remain a family-owned and operated funeral home after all of these years. With four locations, we have a unique ability to offer expanded services and options, such as:
These are some of many unique services we offer, as Skinner Funeral Homes maintains our commitment to -Lighting the Path ~ Guiding the Journey" in funeral service for the families and communities we serve.