Milwaukee Dancing Grannie speaks out after Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee Dancing Grannie spoke to CBS 58's Winnie Dortch Tuesday, Nov. 23. Three grannies and one of their husbands were all killed at the Waukesha Christmas parade.
"My mom had died and they got me through some stuff, they made me find joy again, and that was so important because I was just sad," Christine Magyar said. She recently retired from the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies.
She calls the squad a sisterhood, friendship and an unbreakable bond. Magyar talked and texted with 79-year-old Virginia Sorenson every day; that has been taken away.
"We had things to talk about, we had a lot of things to talk about. I had plans taking her pumpkins for her chickens."
Sorenson and 71-year-old Leanna Owen were both killed at the Waukesha Christmas parade after a driver plowed through the parade route.
"Lee and Ginny were the glue. They knew the history, they had been grannies, it will never be the same."
Fifty-two-year-old Tamara Durand was also killed. She was a new member whose time was cut short with the grannies.
"She was bubbly and enthusiastic, she wanted to be a grannie. She was driving a far distance all the time because she wanted to do it," Magyar said.
CBS 58's Winnie Dortch asked Magyar what the future's like for the team.
"Well I know that there is one of our instructors that has said it may be up to me now to get back up and rebuild."
It may take a while for the Dancing Grannies get back out there and dance for the community.
Some are still injured, others still traumatized.