What have you been doing since 8th grade?
I graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in 1995. I was the 4th generation family member to attend school at SJS; my children are 5th generation. Following High School at Rice Lake High, I attended WITC for Wood Techniques. For 10 years I worked in the residential construction field. It was a good day-to-day job, but I was left feeling very unfulfilled. When a heard that a Facilities Manager position was available at St. Joseph School, I couldn’t imagine anyone else but me doing the job. I’ve been a member of the staff for 10 years now. It has really been a joy to witness my children living the day-to-day events of school. I’ve learned a lot from the students.
The first thing that comes to mind is serving at funerals as an altar server and eating the potluck meals following the funeral. While the food was certainly a treat, I know this experience gave way to my passion for serving the community. I still enjoy serving the community. I’ve been an active member of the Rice Lake Fire Department for 18 years and enjoy the sense of service while doing so.
How has your faith guided you?
The biggest thing that has always stuck with me is treating others how Jesus treated his disciples and the people. In my daily interactions with students, whether in the lunch room or the hallways, I work hard to be a positive role model and show them respect. I hope the students will look back and remember me that way.
Advice for current students?
Failure is not really failure, it is just temporarily not succeeding.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Being a dad to my children. It is satisfying to watch my children grow and become good people.
Five Generations of Brunette Alumni
1908 Graduate| Great-Grandpa Ernie Brunette
Ernie provided a lot of laborers and support to help build the school in the 1950’s. He owned the sawmill in Rice Lake.
1939 Graduates |Grandpa (Kenneth Brunette & Grandma (Elisabeth ‘Beth’ Fearer-Brunette)
1962 Graduate | Craig Brunette (Tony’s Father)
1968 Graduate | Gail Brunette (Tony’s Mother)
1995 Graduate |Tony Brunette
2018 Graduate | Jillian Brunette (Tony’s daughter)
2026 Future Graduate | Jonathan Brunette (Tony’s son)