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Mary Irving Jurgaitis

Profile Updated: April 10, 2020
Residing In:
Greenfield, WI USA
Mark J Jurgaitis
teacher, homemaker, office worker, now retired
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.

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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Oct 06, 2020 at 2:57 PM

Posted on: Oct 06, 2020 at 12:04 PM

Great family picture. Have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY with as many as you can.

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Oct 10, 2020 at 6:29 PM

Posted on: Oct 06, 2020 at 12:01 PM

Amazing what our classmates did in their lives. Who would have thought that you would be a commercial fisherman. I am intrigued, as I'm sure other classmates might be. Where and what times of year? Can't imagine some of the memories you must have.
So here is a HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish ??. Have a great day!

Sep 23, 2020 at 8:28 AM

Just wanted to make sure I got this in...HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Wishing you a year of good family times, good health, sweet memories, and much to look forward to in "your" new year!

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Sep 13, 2020 at 11:31 AM

Posted on: Sep 10, 2020 at 11:04 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a hard worker. So glad for what you have done to keep our 1961 class together. Best wishes for a sweet day and a healthy year to come.

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Aug 10, 2020 at 10:24 AM

Posted on: Aug 05, 2020 at 1:47 PM

WHAT?? You have a birthday coming up? That can't be! You will forever be our homecoming queen! We in this class have been so blessed by you in so many ways. So hope that these days that lead up to your day are filled with wonderfulness.

Jul 11, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Looks like you carved out a wonderful life for yourself. Sure did enjoy the video of your group. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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Jul 11, 2020 at 12:44 PM
Jul 11, 2020 at 12:42 PM

Happy birthday. Wishes for a very good year.

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Jun 29, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Happy Birthday, Nancy. Love the motorcycle pic. Who would have guessed what amazing things your life would bring. I have friends who live in Nampa, ID

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Jun 24, 2020 at 11:41 AM

Posted on: Jun 21, 2020 at 1:47 PM

Happy Birthday, Steve. Best wishes for a year of good events in this stage of your life.

May 29, 2020 at 9:17 AM

HAPPY Birthday. Hope you were able to have sweet connections with your family.

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.

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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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.