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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 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!!

Jul 17, 2021 at 11:06 PM

A little late…BUT. Hope you day was sweet and fulfilling. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Joanne!

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Jul 11, 2021 at 10:42 PM
Jul 03, 2021 at 5:23 PM

Mary, Happy Birthday. Hope you're having a great day. Stay safe.

Jul 03, 2021 at 5:44 AM

Happy Birthday, Mary! And remember to just burn the candles at one end!

Jul 03, 2021 at 4:33 AM
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Jun 28, 2021 at 8:21 PM

Posted on: Jun 28, 2021 at 2:55 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Steve. Hope all is well (well…as well as can be expected) and that you have good weather to enjoy your day.

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Jun 26, 2021 at 12:38 PM
Jun 24, 2021 at 11:19 AM

Happy day with family today.

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Jun 22, 2021 at 2:54 PM
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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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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.