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Mary Irving Jurgaitis

Profile Updated: April 10, 2020
Residing In:
Greenfield, WI USA
Spouse/Partner:
Mark J Jurgaitis
Occupation:
teacher, homemaker, office worker, now retired
Children:
Jonathan was born in 10-1972 while we were living in Racine. He now lives in Cottonwood Heights, UT More…- just 20 minutes from a resort where he can do his favorite sport - snowboarding. Aaron was born in 05-1974 while we were living in Whitewater . He now lives in Lakewood CO with his wife, two daughters and one son. Joshua was born in 01-76 while we were living in Whitewater. He now lives in Sparks, NV with his wife and two sons and two daughters. Elisabeth was born in 07-1978 while we were living in Madison. She now lives in West Allis with her husband and two sons. Sarah was born in 02-1980 while we were living in Batavia, IL. She now lives in Albuquerque, NM. She runs marathons and ultramarathons. Adam was born in 09-1981 while we were living in Batavia, IL. He now lives in Sycamore, IL with his wife and two sons.
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I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1965 with a B.Ed in elementary education. I loved being at Whitewater. Along with all the other good things that happened there, I joined the Delta Zeta sorority and met my husband-to-be. After graduating, I taught 3rd grade at Harvey elementary in Kenosha. My husband-to-be moved to San Francisco during that year and that's where we got married (1966). We lived in San Francisco for a year. I taught 50 fifth graders in a parochial school in South San Francisco. In 1967 we decided to move back to Wisconsin. (YUP, I left my heart in San Francisco – even though we now know that it was best we didn't stay there.) I taught at Jefferson elementary in Kenosha for 1 year, then took a year off of teaching. I went back and taught at Somers elementary for the next three years. I loved it there. During that time my husband got his bachelor's degree from UW-Parkside and son #1 was born. After graduating, he decided he wanted to get his masters and was accepted at UW-Whitewater. Because of my experience as an RA during my undergrad years, I was hired as a Hall Director for the 2 years my husband was going to school (son #2). Then we spent some time waiting for a job (son #3).
A job offer took us to Madison where we lived for 2+ years (daughter #1). Then a job offer took us to Batavia, Illinois for a few years (daughter #2 and last child, son #4) and a move into our first house in St. Charles, Illinois. My husband started his own business while in Batavia. I was a stay-at-home mom from the birth of our first child until our last, and 6th child, started 1st grade. I did not want to go back to teaching and just by luck got an office job with the Girl Scout Council out of Aurora, Illinois. This is where I learned my computer skills.
In 1993 we decided to go looking for a little business to run somewhere. That search took us to Neillsville, Wisconsin (up nort to a lot of people – yes that is the correct spelling). It is beautiful here among the forests of Clark County. We've lived here for 16 years. During that time I've had various & sundry office jobs. I am currently working the front desk of the our small hospital/emergency room here in Neillsville from 10pm – 6am four nights a week. I have had this job for 7 years. It has been wonderful for me. Many of the departments found that I had some valuable computer skills. I love the variety of work they give me to do while I sit overnight waiting for anyone to come into the emergency room and doing the mundane tasks of alphabetizing daily paper work and filing. I am still working because it feeds my habit of wanting to visit my grandchildren (oh, and my children, too.)
And I'm a Mormon. My husband and I became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1971 while we were living in Racine. It has brought great joy to our lives. We are both very active in the church. I have served in many leadership positions for the children, the young women, the adult women and Cub Scouts. I have been a teacher for every age group. Currently I am responsible for public relations involving eight units of the church within a 100 mile radius of Wausau, Wisconsin. Keeps us very busy and we love it.
Life has been good!

UPDATE as of July 9, 2012: forgot it was even my birthday until people started wishing me Happy Birthday. I was so wrapped up in my 30-year old son having had a heart valve replaced on June 29 and my daughter, Sarah, getting married on July 7. (Last of my 6 children to get married.)

School Story:

I remember: helping out with a school play; being involved in campaigning for the homecoming queen (who else but Suzette?); the Friday night basketball games (it was just as much fun being with friends, stomping our feet, clapping and cheering as it was watching our “favorite” player); the football games at Lake Front Stadium (bundling up and feeling autumn in the air); having to change clothes in front of e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e after swim class; the daily bus ride to and from school from out on 39th Avenue (and the friends I made on the bus); being able to go downtown during lunch; walking back & forth between the annex and the school building (and wondering if I'd ever be brave enough to go down the tube-never did); having a good circle of friends and only having to go to Mr. Stoker's office once (and that was for some uneventful thing). I'm grateful for it all!

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Apr 09, 2020 at 10:09 AM
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Apr 10, 2020 at 1:39 PM

Posted on: Apr 09, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Again, working on my family history came across this photo. Interesting that St. Mark's has been mentioned a number of times in various posts. Mostly I don't remember who attended St. Mark's when I did, but this photo showed me. There were 50 kids in this class! The list on the back of the photo was mimeographed (do you remember smelling the paper if we got a mimeograph handout). Anyway, I tried to make the list readable.

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Apr 05, 2020 at 9:27 PM

You’ve probably had some unique birthdays, but this one could “take the cake”. Glad you are safe and healthy. Spend as much time outside listening to the birds and enjoying blue skies and starlit nights.

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Apr 01, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM

I have found time (can you imagine that???) to work on my family history. I came across my baby books - not a whole lot of information just from my first two years of life, but enough for my enjoyment. Found this newspaper clipping in the little book my grandmother, Lorraine Dowse, was keeping. Births of those born in the first week of July 1943.

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Mar 18, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Posted on: Mar 18, 2020 at 3:33 PM

Happy to be able to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope you are out and about taking walks and enjoying the sound of returning birds.

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Mar 02, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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Mar 02, 2020 at 7:57 PM

Posted on: Mar 02, 2020 at 10:44 AM

Hope your day is sunshiny and warm, with lots of good wishes and family time.

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Mar 04, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Posted on: Feb 28, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Want to get this HAPPY BIRTHDAY message to you so I don't miss your day. I have been thinking of you and this past year in your life. I am hoping you have weathered it well - though such a change that occurred may just require working through one day at a time. I know you have a wonderful family. I'm sure there have been sweet days with them to support you. And as you continue on, be aware that when you look in your children's, grandchildren's (and maybe great grandchildren's) eyes and hear their voices, you have a great legacy before you. May joy come to you, with them, on the day you celebrate your birthday. Love, Mary

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Jan 17, 2020 at 8:33 PM

I did not know Kathleen but I agree with Suzette in seeing our classmates' photos and realizing that part of our life is now missing. Thoughts of Kathleen's family for peace and comfort.

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Jan 14, 2020 at 11:56 AM

Happy Birthday. Best wishes for this new year of your life...health, happiness, great family moments.

Mary Irving Jurgaitis has left an In Memory comment for Rita Rinelli.
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Nov 07, 2019 at 12:33 PM

The video created to honor Rita's life was beautiful. It touches the heart.

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Sep 24, 2019 at 11:06 AM

From your profile, it looks like you have many reasons to celebrate another birthday...Keeping the grand kids happy. Bet they love being around you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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Aug 07, 2019 at 2:42 PM

Posted on: Aug 05, 2019 at 8:30 PM

Don't want to miss your birthday., So I'll jump on the band wagon that will be chock full of birthday wishes.
Have a super Sweet Day! And a great New Suzette year!

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Jul 17, 2019 at 2:35 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweet classmate. May you have many good things come your way in this new year of your life...

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Jul 03, 2019 at 4:33 AM
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Jun 28, 2019 at 12:28 PM

Happy Birthday, Long ago high school friend!

Apr 06, 2019 at 11:41 AM

I really like how you wish everyone a Happy Birthday - probably some you didn't even know. By doing that, you have connected all of us. Thank you. AND best wishes to you for a fulfilling year to come.

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Mar 18, 2019 at 11:47 PM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2019 at 9:13 PM

Happy birthday, Jim, from a classmate who had the good fortune to sit at your table at our 50th reunion. I see you now love in Milwaukee. My husband and I just moved to Greenfield a week ago. What are you up to?

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Mar 13, 2019 at 3:41 PM

Posted on: Mar 11, 2019 at 10:51 AM

Hi Cheryl, just read a comment you posted that your husband had passed away. You and he had a wonderful life together. Often times the date of a person who has passed is especially remembered. Consider marking the dates when you had great adventures, then revel in those times. Pass your joyful times down to your and Rich's posterity. Have a sweet day today...

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Mar 05, 2019 at 12:27 PM

Posted on: Feb 28, 2019 at 2:28 PM

Happy birthday, dear friend. We are moving to Greenfield from Central Wisconsin. Maybe we'll have a chance to get together. (When we are settled AND when winter is over.)

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:02 AM
Our six children. Those two boys still do that kind of stuff when they have their picture taken.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:02 AM
The beginnings of our grandchildren.