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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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Jun 19, 2021 at 11:43 PM
May 25, 2021 at 7:57 PM

Happy Birthday! Have a great day and a good year to come.

Apr 29, 2021 at 11:31 AM
Apr 29, 2021 at 11:29 AM

Hopefully this is a great day to have been born. Do you know your birth story? Think about how happy your parents were. Have a happy day!

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Mar 30, 2021 at 11:47 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2021 at 9:24 PM

You deserve a happy birthday wish from ALL of our classmates because you make sure evey one of us gets one from you! Sooo, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, John!!

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Mar 17, 2021 at 3:42 PM

Posted on: Mar 17, 2021 at 10:56 AM

Hi Jim. Just dropping by to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today and a good rest of another year in your life. Spend some time enjoying looking at some of the photos from your life. (Is this sentence correct English??)

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Mar 05, 2021 at 1:15 PM

Posted on: Feb 26, 2021 at 10:25 PM

Happy, happy birthday, dear friend!

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Feb 08, 2021 at 1:26 PM

Even though I don't know Rosalyn, I knew who she was. I liked reading her obituary. It told wonderful things about her. Peace to her family.

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Jan 17, 2021 at 12:02 PM

Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 at 12:31 PM

Hi Jack. I like to look at the High school photos to refresh my memory. (Don't recall ever any interaction with you).
I was very interested in your high style in your photo. Believe it or not, I've seen a lot of young men that age now who are wearing a very similar hair style. Amazing isn't it.

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Jan 06, 2021 at 6:06 PM

Posted on: Jan 05, 2021 at 8:36 PM

This is from the Kenosha Facebook page “You Know You’re from Kenosha If, The Original Group!
Here is the post and photo
“ Dearest Kenosha 50s Rock 'n' Rollers!

I'm a Canadian filmmaker that has visited Kenosha countless times, in particular to visit the Eagles Ballroom (now Madrigano Marino Shores) and conduct interviews for a documentary film I've co-produced about Buddy Holly's final tour. We've filmed interviews with fans who attended all the shows, including the second show of the tour on January 24th, 1959 at the aforementioned Eagles Ballroom. ??

We are less than a month away from the 62nd anniversary of this show!

I am on the lookout for anybody who either attended this historic rock 'n' roll show that long ago night or knows anybody who has. I am hoping for more interviews (via telephone or email, in this case) to give me an even broader perspective on that evening. I am even offering a reward for any picture taken that cold wintry night!!

I've included the trailer of our docu-series on the first post of this thread.

I've also included a photo of the Ballroom, an ad from the tour, a photo taken that night by famed local photographer Tony Szikil and a lot more Kenosha Winter Dance Party goodies. It's truly important to preserve memories from this tour that was a turning point in rock 'n' roll history!

Please post your memories and reach out to me via private messaging, friend request me or email me if you prefer (sevan1@sympatico.ca) if you were there! It would mean a lot to my research of this stop of the tour...

Oh, one last thing. If you have any questions at all about this tour or the Kenosha stop, please ask here! I have done extensive research on this tour and will be able to answer all questions. ?? Let's get a nice rock 'n roll discussion brewing to ring in a New Year!

Rave on, stay safe and Happy Holidays! ??”
I absolutely feel that I recognize some of my classmates. Is that Diane (I think that was her name) right in the middle of the photo?
I am sure my 1961 classmates will either recognize themselves or someone they knew in this picture.

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Jan 04, 2021 at 4:21 PM

As sad as it is to know it was in an obituary, it is amazing to learn more about Ruth, the life she led and what she accomplished.

Jan 01, 2021 at 10:57 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR BIRTHDAY!! May be both be good ones!

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Dec 30, 2020 at 10:57 AM

Posted on: Dec 28, 2020 at 10:42 AM

Kinda looks like you will be leading the pack for us all turning 78. Hope you feel it is a great time to be alive and that you will have a healthy year with sweet memories being made in 2021. Happy Birthday on January 3!

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Dec 08, 2020 at 10:37 PM

I was in homeroom with Nancy, and in choir. Loved what Suzette told about her and the neighborhood.

Nov 23, 2020 at 6:33 PM

Enjoyed reading the little snippets about your life & employment. Also, the photos - nice family. Hope this new year of your life is very good to you and your family.

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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.

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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.