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Mary Irving Jurgaitis

Profile Updated: January 5, 2021
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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Sep 24, 2022 at 1:48 PM

Posted on: Sep 24, 2022 at 1:47 PM

Happy Birthday to a friend well remembered from a great time in our lives. I often have the opportunity to people of my friend who lived on a farm and had to spend so much time on the bus to get back and forth to school.
I’m glad to be having this opportunity to wish you a Happy Birthday!

Aug 28, 2022 at 10:49 PM

Happy Birthday, former neighbor and classmate!

Jul 17, 2022 at 11:00 PM

Happy Birthday to a dear, sweet classmate. May you look forward to another year with comfort and times of Joy with your family.

Jul 03, 2022 at 2:23 PM

Mary, Happy Birthday. Hope you're enjoying your day. Stay safe.

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Jul 02, 2022 at 12:00 PM

Posted on: Jul 01, 2022 at 11:21 PM

Rats! Missed your birthday! So here is a BIRTHDAY wish that is good for any day of your year...
A very, Merry Unbirthday to you today! !

Mary Irving Jurgaitis has left an In Memory comment for Janet Schnell.
Apr 26, 2022 at 11:40 PM

Carleton, thank you for posting this. Every one of our classmates deserves to be remembered. Janet - long gone but not forgotten by her classmates.

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Apr 25, 2022 at 10:36 AM
Apr 05, 2022 at 11:36 AM

Well, John, I guess this is your time for us classmates to wish you a HAPPY DAY that commemorates the day you were born. I, for one, am always glad to have your birthday wishes show up on my birthday.
So here’s my wish for you…HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Stay safe. Enjoy your day!

Mary Irving Jurgaitis has left an In Memory comment for her Profile.
Mar 10, 2022 at 4:03 PM

I agree 100% with Eva Poole! Wish we all could have know each other on a better level. Again, as I posted previously, learning of what our classmates did in their lives can make us all feel proud to be a part of the 1961 graduating class of Mary D Bradford high school! Til we meet again, Skip Lane...

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Mar 02, 2022 at 10:11 PM

Posted on: Mar 02, 2022 at 11:59 AM

Happy Birthday to a cousin through marriage. Have a sweet day.

Mary Irving Jurgaitis has left an In Memory comment for Robert Cooley.
Mar 01, 2022 at 10:45 AM

It is sad to read of another classmate passing on. It's too bad that we had to learn about Robert's amazing accomplishments through an obituary. But it also brings a feeling of pride that we rubbed shoulders  with him (maybe even when is unknown). 
We surely had a wonderful group of people that we spent our high school years with. 

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Mar 03, 2022 at 3:10 PM

Posted on: Feb 25, 2022 at 10:59 AM

I opened up my emails today. The first thing I saw was an email from our reunion website. Lo and behold, it said you have a birthday in 7 days. So just to make sure that I don't miss it I'm wishing you a happy birthday right now. Hope all is going well for you and your family.
Your high school buddy, Mary

Nov 24, 2021 at 10:34 AM

Loved reading about your girls. Best wishes to you at this time of year. May you have joy in a family gathering to celebrate your birthday and thanksgiving at this stage of your life.

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Oct 13, 2021 at 9:06 PM

Posted on: Oct 13, 2021 at 12:08 AM

This is a great app.

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Oct 13, 2021 at 9:07 PM

Posted on: Oct 13, 2021 at 12:07 AM

Loved reading your after run email! It was a thrill to be watching you and know you. Great charity! I figure others did screen shots, but here it is again.

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Sep 29, 2021 at 10:58 AM
Sep 01, 2021 at 3:33 PM

Happy Birthday to a long time ago neighbor.

Mary Irving Jurgaitis has left an In Memory comment for Chuck Tuff.
Aug 15, 2021 at 1:02 PM

Amazing accomplishments! Sometimes I think we all wish that somehow we would have gotten to know our classmates better, rather than learning about them through an obituary. I believe that his final struggle is no longer a part of him. May his family feel peace and mostly joy that he was in their lives!

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Aug 11, 2021 at 2:45 AM

Posted on: Aug 10, 2021 at 9:04 AM

Sooo...it's that time of year to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. And I take this time to do so. I wish you sweet memories of past birthdays - as a child, as a sweet 16, as our Queen, as a new wife, as a young mother, all the birthday cakes and candles, all the love you have had...i could go on and on. I hope your day is wonderful. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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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.