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Mary Irving Jurgaitis

Profile Updated: August 19, 2023
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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Thanks, Tom, for telling that story.

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Posted on: Apr 12, 2024 at 10:49 AM

Good grief!! I missed your special day. (Hope it was as special as you are.) Have a great year to come. Stay active.

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Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday on this, your SPECIAL day !!

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My birthday wishes for you today … have a sweet, and great day. May there be much joy in your life for the year to come. Love, Mary.

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Feb 03, 2024 at 4:48 PM

Ann Kay, Yes, I did enjoy reading your obituary. I was pretty much out of breath by the time I got to the last period. You know, people say, "Rest In Peace." Somehow I feel you won't want to be just sitting around. Have fun and find joy in this next stage of life.

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Jan 26, 2024 at 10:48 AM

Looks like you are sort of leading the pack with your 81st birthday. (We’ll catch up to you.) Have a happy and healthy next year of your life with your great family.

Jan 26, 2024 at 10:44 AM

Happy Birthday to a classmate who has had an amazing life so far. Keep it up. Each day brings new memories.

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Jan 23, 2024 at 6:58 PM

Amazing what the class of ‘61. Because our class was so large, we were often like ships passing in the night. Then I get to read this about you. You certainly grabbed life by the horns. I am glad you posted all about yourself. May 2024 bring much goodness into your life!

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Jan 16, 2024 at 2:34 PM

Would love to see the t-shirts you might have made for your =J= family!

Jan 16, 2024 at 2:33 PM

Happy Birthday to one who walked the same halls I did ever so long ago!

Jan 16, 2024 at 2:31 PM

LOVE your occupation!!

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Posted: Aug 19, 2023 at 4:24 PM
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.