Anniversary — Kujala — 50th
Jack and Diana (Peterson) Kujala were married on July 26, 1969, by the Rev. John G. Hughes at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford.
Matron of Honor was Sherry (Erickson) Caduto and best man was Jack’s brother, Ted Kujala, now deceased. They honeymooned in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Diana moved to Milwaukee to be with her new husband.
For their anniversary, they toured covered bridges and a historic town from the 1800s, a post office, farm, school and a house from 1842. They had lunch on the patio of the Flat River Grill overlooking the Flat River in Lowell/Ada area.
Jack was a draftsman for Harnischfeger and Diana was a receptionist for Atlantic Insurance Co. In 1970, they bought their first home. They remodeled the 75-year-old home. In 1972, they had their first child.
In 1975, they sold their home and moved to Mukwonago, Wis. They had their second child. Jack had just graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College as an electrical engineer. In 1979, they sold their home. Jack accepted a job with Systems Control at M.J. Electric. They moved to Kingsford Heights and bought a new home. In 1985, he transferred over to the MJ building. They worked hard, raised two children and put them through college.
In 2001, they sold their Heights home and bought a home on Lake Ellwood in Spread Eagle, Wis. — a bucket list dream to live on a lake. In 2016, they sold their lake home. They moved to Orleans, Michigan, and built a new home in the Schmidt Farm apple orchard on a pond. In 2017, they also bought a home in Canyon Lake Resort in Mission, Texas, where they spend winters.
Jack retired from M.J. Electric after almost 32 years in 2010 as a project controls manager. Diana retired from Iron Mountain Housing Commission/Hulst Manor as an executive secretary. They were eucharistic ministers for 30 years at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford Heights.
They like living closer to their daughter and grandchildren and seeing them more than four times a year.
They have traveled most of the southern states, Hawaii and the Netherlands, liking Texas the best.
They have a son, Rod Kujala of Houston, an aerospace engineer leader over 40 people who worked on the design of the spacecraft for Mars; a daughter, Kristi (Brian) Mickelson of Lansing, Mich., a teacher; and four grandchildren, Sofia, Zoe, Lucy and Tobias Mickelson.