Roger & Kay Bjorge

1996 Commodore

Roger Bjorge and First Mate Kay Bjorge

Commodore Career: Owner, Crescent Printing Commodore Date of Birth: 4.12.1937 Commodore Hometown: La Crosse, WI
First Mate Career: Owner, Crescent Printing First Mate Date of Birth: 12.23.1938 Hometown: Onalaska, WI

Children 1: Scott (deceased) Children 2: Kathy (deceased)

Grandchildren: We a have special grandson, Aaron Hegenbart. Kathy’s husband, Scott, married Lisa, who is the daughter of Kay’s first cousin. They had Aaron and he has been our grandchild since the day he was born.

We also have Rotary Exchange Student Daughter, Kerry Muhle, who lived with us in 1985. We have been very close all through these years. She has twins, Matt and Tara, who call us Grandma and Grandpa.

Date of Marriage: 5.7.1960

How did you and your partner meet? We met at the Madrigal (a beer joint) in downtown La Crosse on a Friday night. Saturday night we met at the Avalon Ballroom and on Sunday night we went to church to watch the Martin Luther story. The rest is history.

Commodore Hobbies and Interests: Small woodworking projects, fishing, reading, golf, playing cards.

Commodore Community Involvement: Member of
the Onalaska Rotary Club since 1961, President two terms; UW-L Quarterback Club, President one term; UW-L L-Club; Bethany St. Joseph Board of Directors; Freedom Honor Flight Board; Sponsor of CPC Golf Classic to benefit CMNH; La Crosse Chamber Board of Directors; First Lutheran Church of Onalaska Church Council, President one term; President of Irving Pertzsch Elementary School PTA; President and board member of Onalaska Sunfish Days; Served on the Planning Committee for the City of Onalaska; numerous fundraising activities.

First Mate Hobbies and Interests: Sewing, knitting, cards, Bible studies.

First Mate Community Involvement: Volunteer for Red Cross Blood Drive; Volunteer for City of Onalaska projects over the years, PTA; Toastmistress; taught Sunday School; Church Council member; Political Party officer, volunteer at Mayo Clinic.

Interesting Family History: Kay’s father, Everett Lund, started Crescent Printing in 1947. Roger joined the business in 1957. Family has enjoyed working together with pride in what we have accomplished as a family. Our employees are like family to us. We also take pride in the fact that CPC has gone 20 years with no lost work days due to accident or injury.

Tell the story of how you were asked to be a Commodore and First Mate: I did not know it, but our daughter,
Kathy, and a good friend Bob Stein put together a bio
of me. Crescent Printing did a lot of work with UW-L;

Pat Stephens called and said he had a job that he needed printed and asked if I could come down and pick it up. He said there was another meeting he was in, but would break away from it. When I got there, he took me aside to talk about the job. While doing so, Larry Lee came over and gave me a sheet of paper that said Roger and Kay Bjorge, Riverfest Commodore and First Mate. Of course the group that was meeting was the prior Commodores. Kay and I talked it over that night and the next day said yes.

One thing on your Bucket List: (There are two) Voice Lessons and to travel to England to see our Exchange Student daughter.

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