Miss Wisconsin's Page of Honor
This page is dedicated to those that have helped to raise the Miss Wisconsin program to a national level.
We are deeply saddened at the passing of our dear friend Michael Schmal yesterday, February 2, 2016. Michael served this organization tirelessly and devotedly for almost 50 years, including most recently, as Miss Wisconsin Board President and Judges' Chairman. We will always remember Michael's sincere commitment to the growth and development of the Miss Wisconsin program, and the many local and state titleholder's journeys that he supported and guided over the years. Michael developed many cherished friendships with pageant volunteers and affiliates across the country, and we know he will be deeply missed by all of the Miss America family - and most especially here in Wisconsin.
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Richard R. Lewis, 78, passed away early Thursday evening, May 29, 2014 of complications from treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder.
A wonderful man to know and love. His pageant family will miss him. We are sending prayers to his wife, Mary Lou and other family members.
"I"In 1963 he started volunteering with the Miss Wisconsin Pageant where he served as a State Field Director, a member of the board of directors and a year as Executive Director. At the national pageant in Las Vegas in January 2013, he received an award from the Miss America Organization for his fifty years of dedication to the program."
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Miss Wisconsin 2011, Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012.
- Our very own Miss Wisconsin 1972 Terry Meeuwsen became Miss America 1973. Click here to view her page.
- Jeanette Morelan won the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010. Click here to view her information on the Teen portion of our Web site.
- Stephanie Klett - Secretary of Tourism for the State of Wisconsin. Stephanie was Miss Wisconsin 1992, and a Bert Parks Talent winner at the 1993 Miss America Finals in Atlantic City – the first cornet player in its history. During her year as Miss Wisconsin, she created a program called ATTITUDE ON AIDS. Educating teens on the facts of HIV and AIDS, the program’s success led to an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, a trip to Cuba, a Commendation from then-Governor Tommy Thompson, and a keynote address at the Hollywood Hope AIDS service. She also created the annual Spotlight on Wisconsin benefit, which raises money for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Beloit Regional Hospice, and the Stateline Area Boys & Girls Clubs. Click here to learn more.
Honoring our Volunteers:
2013 ST. FRANCS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR SELECTED
Diane Czeszak has served as contestant coordinator for the Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant since 1978 and has been involved in the preparation for local and state pageants. She serves as chaperone and mentor to Miss St. Francis throughout her year of service. Diane is employed as Director of Research for the Benefit Services Group, Inc. She has served as a National Baton Twirling Judge and as the non-faculty advisor for the St. Francis High School Marinette Pom Pom Squad.
Jean Freimuth has served as Program Director for the Miss St Francis Scholarship Pageant since 1978 and is actively involved in St. Francis Days & is a founding member of the St. Francis Arts Council. Jean is an active volunteer, spending countless hours working for various St. Francis Community events. She is a retired MPS teacher.
Richard Lewis was given an award recognizing his 50 years of service to the Miss America and Miss Wisconsin Organizations.
Mary Lou Lewis was given an award recognizing her 50 years of service to the Miss America and Miss Wisconsin Organizations.
Lou Cristiano for 38 years of service. Lou was the president and General Chairman of the Miss Kenosha Scholarship Pageant. He composed and directed all the productions, and managed the reign of each Miss Kenosha. Mr. Cristiano also wrote and directed a Miss Lake Geneva Pageant, seven Miss Racine Pageants, one Miss Milwaukee Pageant, one Miss Wisconsin Pageant, and an Alice in Dairyland Pageant. He is now at peace and will be missed by many.
Gordy Lund for 40 years of service
Gert Schultz for 40 years of service
Edie Fromm for 40 years of service