Milwaukee Creek winds through St. Clair County, Michigan


The Raisanen Family 

A chilly New Year's day bicycle rideJerry is my husband of 39 years.  He recently retired after 42 years with Detroit Edison.  He is my exact opposite. An avid athlete, he loves to work out, run, bicycle and bowl.  When he’s not busy doing those things you can usually find him out in the garage playing with our cars. 




Our red 1978 MGBSpring, summer and fall his favorite ride is his 1978 MGB.







Samuel Raisanen



Samuel is the older of my two sons.  After graduating from the University of Michigan (Go Blue) he spent 4 years in Seattle working for Microsoft.  During that time he completed a MBA at Seattle University.  In May of 2010 he finished his PHD in Economics at Colorado University. He currently spends his time as an economics professor at Central Michigan University.  In his leisure time, he bikes, bowls, skates, cooks and plays Backgammon.


Joseph is the younger of my two sons.  Joe graduated from the University of Michigan and currently is employed by Microsoft.   He, like the rest of the men in the family, is an avid sports fan.  He plays football with a local group and has taken up the guitar. 

Joseph and CandiceIn June of 2006 he married the love of his life and high school quiz bowl rival, Candice Bailey.  They live on Capital Hill neighborhood in Seattle along with my granddog, Fezzik. 

Joe and Candice's King Charles Cavalier dog, FezzikCandice works at the Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind.
She attends the University of Washington. In her spare time she sews, reads, makes jewelry and watches the local squirrels.

Both Joe and Candice love to travel.  Recent trips include the Oregon Coast, London, Paris and Hawaii and of course, Michigan.