Mary Theresa (Mae) Lampert was born on August 31, 1908 at Rapid City, SD. On June 10, 1931 she married Lawrence William (Bill) Melvin. Bill was born September 13, 1905 at Caputa, SD and he died April 18, 1983 at Rapid City, SD at the age of 78. Mae worked at an insurance office and then for the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce both before and after her marriage. For years Mae has done volunteer work at the Rapid City Hospital and also as a Hospice volunteer. She is known for her expertise in making, baking and giving cinnamon rolls. Bill worked at the South Dakota Cement Plant for many years and for various construction companies. Bill was a member of several Masonic organizations.


Children of Mae and Bill Melvin

 Gail E.
 Joyce L.


Gail E. Melvin was born on May 20, 1939 at Rapid City, S.D. She married Charles Louis Gelino (born November 16, 1935 at North Platte, Nebraska) on September 9, 1961 at Rapid City, SD. Gail graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Denver, CO, in 1961. Gail worked at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota in the managed care area. Chuck graduated from the SD School of Mines and Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Since graduation he has worked for IBM in Rochester, Minnesota and is a business planner. Gail and Chuck Gelino have 3 children.

Kathleen Anne Gelino born July 24, 1962 at Rapid City, SD. She married Stephen James Swartz (born June 9, 1964 at Madison, Wisconsin) on October 20, 1990. Kathleen has a BA in English and Psychology and an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed Psychologist and a homemaker. Steven has a BBA in Finance/Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1986) and an MBA from the University of Minnesota (1988) and is a manager of information systems technology with Anderson Consulting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathleen and Steven have two children. Laura Margaret Swartz born on September 22, 1992 at St. Louis Park,Minnesota and Mark William Swartz born on November 26, 1995 at Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Lynn Gelino born January 18, 1965 at Rochester, Minnesota graduated with a BS in elementary education/reading from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota in 1987 and a MEd from the University of Minnesota in 1992. Beth has taught in the Osseo, Minnesota school district since 1987.

Susan Marie Gelino born September 23, 1967 at Rochester, Minnesota graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a BS in Applied Mathematics and is employed as a computer programmer in Eau Claire, WI.


Joyce L.Melvin was born May 18, 1941 at Rapid City, SD. She married Phillip Reese Bjork (born September 14, 1940 at Wyandotte, Wisconsin) on April 25, 1964 at Rapid City, SD. Joyce obtained a BS in Mathematics from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and has worked for the SDSM&T Alumni Association since 1985. Joyce has been the 'unofficial', official "record keeper" of the Rapid City High School Class of 1959. Phillip has a BS in Geology form the University of Michigan (1962), and MS in Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1964) and a PhD in Geology from the University of Michigan (1968).Philip has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1968-1975) and is the Director of the Museum at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology since 1975. Joyce and Phillip have two children.

 Tanja Linn Bjork born May 2, 1969 at Stevens Point, WI.
Tanja has a BS in Russian (1992) from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ and is pursuing advanced Russian Studies at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.

Lara Marie Bjork born April 17, 1972 at Stevens Point, WI.and is pursuing an advanced degree in Anthropology at The University of California, Berkley.