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Waukesha Christmas parade attack victims: Former teacher, grandmothers among 5 killed

Waukesha christmas parade attackers: Former teacher and grandmothers among the 5 victims


Information about five of the horrendous Waukesha Christmas parade victims is expected to be released Tuesday. They were identified Monday as Wilhelm Hospel, 81, Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52 and Jane Kulich, 52. 

Virginia Sorenson 

Sorenson, 79, was the longtime choreographer of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies group – several members of which are among the deaths. 

David Sorenson, David’s husband of almost 60-years, spoke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, about his wife’s love for working with Grannies. 

This undated image from video provided by CBS 58 Milwaukee shows Virginia Sorenson of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies. 

It was everything she liked. David Sorenson said that everything was good. She liked instructing. She loved the music and the camaraderie among the women. She enjoyed performing.” 

According to the newspaper, Sorensons also had six grandchildren and three children. 

Virginia – a registered nurse – also cared for two horses, chickens, dogs and cats at her home in Muskego, it added. 

Tamara Durand 

Durand, 52, was a mother of three with one grandchild. She babysat her grandson so her daughter could finish nursing school and volunteered at hospitals and hospices. 

She was doing her first show with the Grannies on Sunday, her husband, Dave Durand, told the Associated Press.  

Tamara Durand reportedly was participating in her first Milwaukee Dancing Grannies performance when she was killed. (Facebook)

His wife of 8 years was a hospice chaplai and former college and high school cheerleader. He described her as “basically dancing her way through her life” after her performance. She was energetic, and dancing was what made her happy. 

Durand spent more than 17 years working as an elementary school teacher at the Beaver Dam Unified School District, northwest of Waukesha, according to the Journal Sentinel. 

Jane Kulich 

Kulich, 52 years old, was reportedly a Citizens Bank teller from November to date. 

Jane Kulich worked at a local Citizens Bank. (Facebook)

Following the parade attack, Citizens Bank issued a statement saying an employee “was walking with our parade float” when she was struck and killed, the Associated Press reports. The employee was not identified by the bank. 

Kulich’s LinkedIn page claims that Kulich worked as a caregiver. She also works at a dry cleaning company and restaurant. 

Wilhelm Hospel 

According to The Associated Press, Hospel (81) helped the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies perform, 

Wilhelm Hospel helped the grannies with organizing their performances. 

The Journal Sentinel reported that Lola his wife was also a member of this group. 

LeAnna Owen 

Owen was a Cudahy resident aged 71 who also belonged to the Dancing Grannies. 

LeAnna Owen, a member of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies group, also managed an apartment complex. 

Outside of her participation in the group, the grandmother managed an apartment complex and leaves behind two sons, the Journal Sentinel reports. 

“She didn’t have a mean bone in her body. She was the nicest lady,” Dave Schmidt, who owns a pair of 32-unit buildings Owen took care of, told the newspaper. 

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.


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