Fairfield Glade octogenarians check another off ‘bucket list’
By KEITH WALTHER
Joe and Millie Walasinski obviously glass half full type of outlook on life.
But the Fairfield Glade couple’s “bucket list” might be more than half empty after their recent adventures.
Hot air balloon rides.
Been there. Done that.
And now they can check off SKYDIVING from their bucket list.
“Everyone has a bucket list of things to do before time passes on,” said Joe, age 86. “Millie (age 83) and I just fulfilled one of the items on our list.”
Last month, the Walasinskis went to South Bend, IN to a granddaughter’s wedding. And while they were there they figured they’d show the young newlyweds a thing or two about how to enjoy wedding bliss.
Skydiving? Sure, why not?!
The couple, married now for 63 years, drove to nearby Plymouth, IN and rode on an airplane to an elevation of 10,000 feet.
With parachutes and instructor in tow, they jumped, spiraling down and around, before pulling the rip chord at 4,500 feet and drifting gently to the ground.
“We have looked to do things out of the ordinary, but not in the foolish (category),” said Millie.
The first item on Joe and Millie’s bucket list was getting married and then the
the second was having five children. They now have 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
And what do all their family members think of their high-flying antics?
“Our kids even urge us to do some of these outlandish things, maybe they want to tell others that their parents are nuts,” they say with a laugh.
The Walasinskis have lived in the Glade for 23 years now. Joe retired (after 42 years) from one company and it’s predecessors as Assistant Chief Manufacturing and Production Engineer while Millie retired from a department store as Supervisor of the Marking Warehouse.
Joe also has retired, after 10 years, as Chief Engineer of the Glade Fire Department. He was also on the Board of Directors of ARC and Chairman of the local Special Olympics for five years.
Millie is currently responsible for getting volunteers to assist in Bingo for the Wyndridge patients.
What is next on their Bucket List? They indicate their next venture will be zooming down a zipline. “A snap,” they say.
Yes, after jumping out of plane two miles up in the sky, ziplining should, indeed, be “a snap.”
“Life in itself is an adventure,” the couple says, “let’s just make it a little more adventuresome.”