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Mary Irving Jurgaitis

Profile Updated: August 2, 2016
Residing In:
Neillsville, 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 Phoenix with his wife, More…young son & daughter and soon to be new son. 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 Marengo, IL. She runs marathons and ultramarathons. Adam was born in 09-1981 while we were living in Batavia, IL. He now lives in DeKalb, IL with his wife and two sons. Our oldest grandchild is 17. All the other grandchildren are 11 and under.
Comments:

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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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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Dec 29, 2018 at 4:33 PM

I met Marilyn on the first day of 9th grade at Lincoln Jr. High. We were both new to the public schools of Kenosha after attending the parochial schools of Kenosha. We were great friends all the way through 9th grade and sophomore year at Mary D. I remember the many days we walked together from the annex to the main building. People called us Mutt & Jeff because I was so tall and she was so short. 

Somehow we drifted away from each other, but I never forgot how she made me feel that first day in 9th grade and the friendship we shared. As Janet Leet said, I was always hoping that she would somehow show up on our Bradford High School page. And when she did, it made me feel so sad - even as it does now as I am writing this. I am grateful to the person who added her to "In Memory" - thank you, whoever you are.

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Aug 06, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Posted on: Aug 06, 2018 at 2:09 PM

Oh. My. Goodness! You can't be 75! Even if you are, hope you surely don't feel it. I transfer when my grandmother was 75. Nope, we are not our grandmother's 75. Have a great day.

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Jul 23, 2018 at 12:33 PM

I echo Rita's comment. There were so many in our class. Just couldn't get to know all of them... Maybe a passing in the hall now and then. I DO appreciate being able to read the obituary, most often created by a loving family member telling of the life of the special person in their life, as was done for Ray. Even though I didn't know him, I'm happy to be able to claim him as one of my classmates. May all who were touched by his life, find joy, peace, and comfort in their memories of him.

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Jul 03, 2018 at 11:25 AM

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Apr 05, 2018 at 9:37 PM

Posted on: Apr 04, 2018 at 8:54 PM

Hi John. I had started a Happy Birthday message, but got interrupted and never got back to it. So here I am to wish you HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Hope that makes your birthday last a little longer. You deserve all the wishes you get since you are so good at sending wishes to all our classmates! HAPPY DAY!

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Mar 17, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2018 at 7:24 PM

Hi Jim. I was trying to think of something I could do to honor your birthday AND I came up with it! I'm listening to Big Band music.(Sure would like to listen to you play). SOOOO - HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I actually feel that listening to (and playing) Big Band keeps us young, so keep on keeping on. Hope your day was great!

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Mar 07, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Posted on: Mar 06, 2018 at 5:05 PM

Happy Birthday to Girls Choir singing mate. So glad we got to know each other through the choir. It was a great experience. I

Dec 25, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Looks like we have a number of almost Christmas babies. Merry Christmas to you those who share this day AND this time of year.

Sep 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Wishing you all the best on this day... Glad you were a part of my life!

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Aug 11, 2017 at 7:25 PM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Happy Birthday to my high school red line friend!

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Jul 23, 2017 at 12:09 AM

Posted on: Jul 20, 2017 at 7:40 PM

My husband and I left our home on June 26 to travel to the Missionary Training Center in Provo UT. We arrived on my birthday! It was a great birthday present. Once we got there, we spent a week in training to prepare us for our mission in Salt Lake City UT. We have now completed 2 weeks of training here, learning how to use the web site, familysearch.org so we can teach others how to search for their ancestors. It is a free site and is absolutely amazing. We will be here in SLC for a year. The family history center in SLC is a very busy place. People from all over the world come here to research and get help on how to research their family tree. We are living in an apartment that is just a block and a half from temple square. What an amazing place AND we get to live and work here for a whole year! The attached photo is what we see when we step out the front door of the apartment building.

Jul 03, 2017 at 4:33 AM
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May 15, 2017 at 8:33 PM

Beautiful obituary. Great summary of a good life. May peace surround his family.

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May 01, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Posted on: May 01, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Happy May Day Birthday. May your day be as sweet as a May Basket.

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Apr 03, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Posted on: Apr 02, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Wishing you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY early so I don't forget. A special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the one who makes sure everyone else gets a Happy Birthday wish! Your wishes are soooo appreciated!

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Mar 17, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

Happy Birthday, Jim. Wish I had known you better in high school. However, I like getting to know you through this website. You have done good things in you life. Enjoy another year of it. Keep on keeping on!

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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.