People we met in Germantown, Menomonee Falls
People we met: interesting individuals in 2013
Bob and Margaret Newman
celebrate 70 years together
For Margaret and Bob Newman, love has lasted a lifetime. The Menomonee Falls couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 8. For Bob, the secret to staying together all of those years is compromise, using common sense over the little things, and understanding that a relationship is 50/50. Margaret and Bob, who are both in their 90s, tied the knot at St. Anthony in Menomonee Falls, where they spent their lives raising four children. The couple has nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Judy Berry: educator of the year
Judy Berry has had the career of a lifetime. At the end of the 2012-13 school year, Berry wrapped up a 49-year career in education. She taught 42 years in the Menomonee Falls School District, working in a fourth-grade classroom at Shady Lane Elementary since 1985. Berry left her mark on kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms throughout the district, helping countless children through their elementary and middle school years. At the end of the school year, she retired and said goodbye to the classroom she called home for so long.
Prescott Doebler reigns
In May, Menomonee Falls High School made history. The students elected Doebler, a special education student with a cognitive disability, as prom king. Doebler was the top vote-getter out of a ballot of 20 boys in the running. There are eight boys and eight girls selected to the prom court. Doebler, now a high school senior, is a participant in the Best Buddies program at Falls High School and was the first Best Buddy to be selected as Prom King. This year Doebler is participating in Menomonee Falls' 18-21-year-old transitional program for students with disabilities. He will be able to continue developing his work skills so he can get a job.
Joan Greethurst: The eternal volunteer
Every year, hundreds of people volunteer to put on a weekend's worth of entertainment at Gathering on the Green in Mequon. This year, one volunteer stood out above the rest. Greethurst, a Germantown resident, was given the Ben Barkin Volunteer of the Year Award for all the time and effort she has given helping the Mequon-based nonprofit host its annual summer event. Gathering on the Green is a weekend festival that promotes the performing arts by hosting a variety of entertainment from ballet to opera. It brings about 10,000 people to Mequon-Thiensville Rotary Park each year. To receive the Ben Barkin award, an individual needs to not only be a dedicated Gathering volunteer, but an active member of the community. Greethurst gives of her time to Germantown and surrounding communities. As a retired elementary teacher, she regularly uses her teaching skills as a STEP volunteer at Amy Belle Elementary and works as an usher at the Schauer Center in Hartford.
Melissa and Mike Kreuser and the power of twos
Melissa Kreuser in September gave birth to identical twin boys named Michael and Gabriel. Remarkably, the boys weren't her first set of twins. Three years earlier, Melissa and Mike Kreuser of Menomonee Falls saw the birth of identical twin girls named Delilah and Linea. Fertility drugs were not used, and identical twins are not genetic, though they are pretty rare. Michael and Gabriel were delivered at 37 weeks via Caesarean section, arriving to this world healthy — at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and 6 pounds, 8 ounces, respectively.
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