As Grand Marshals at the Apple Harvest Festival, we get to honor Chuck and Gail by writing an article about them here and in our event guide, and by having them ride on our main float.
Chuck and Gail Wrzesinski were high school sweethearts in Billings, Montana where there were 12 students in each of their graduating classes.
They traveled the road to Onalaska 54 years ago, when Chuck came to teach 8th grade in the Onalaska School District. Chuck and Gail arrived on August 21,1961. The Wrezinski's came from Ryegate, MT, and their journey included three children - Brian, Lance and Laurie. Once here in Onalaska, they added Barry and Jamie to the family. During the early years in Onalaska the Wrzesinski family lived in “school” housing and then bought a 20 acre farm north of town. In 1972 they bought the famous “Carlisle House” where they...
,spent over 41 years raising their family. Just two years ago the Wrezinski's downsized to a smaller home not far down the street, staying within the neighborhood they loved.
Gail was a nurse in Montana, but after coming to Onalaska she chose to stay home until her children were older, then later went back to nursing full-time. She worked as the Director of Nursing at St. Helens Hospital in Centralia and then taught nursing for 25 years at Centralia College, while working as a Nurse Practitioner. She retired from nursing in 1997.
After 4 years of teaching, Chuck changed careers and drove logging truck for 3 years. Then he worked as a prison guard at Cedar Creek for three years. This led Chuck to his final job. He worked as a parole officer for 18 years until his retirement in 1992.
Chuck and Gail have always been active in the community, supporting a variety of local activities, and are avid sports fans. Chuck served on the school board, at the fire deptartment and in the water district. The couple have been members of the Onalaska Presbyterian Church since 1962 and have led youth activities and Bible studies for many years. Now, they enjoy spending time together, and with their family who live close by including their 17 grandchildren.
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