and Suzanne both grew up in Granite City, Illinois, a steel
town of about 35,000 just across the Mississippi River from
St. Louis, MO. Michael is the son of Russell "Woody"
and Rita Halbrook... Suzanne is the daughter of Mark and Mary
both attended Holy
Family school from 1988 onward (after their former schools
St. Margaret Mary and Sacred Heart / St. Joseph merged). Suzanne
graduated from 8th grade at Holy Family in 1991 and Michael
followed her in 1992.
City High School together and were active in advanced
performance, on the speech
team, and in plays and musicals together.
re-met at Holy Family Church on October 30, 2002 and have
been seeing each other ever since... most diligently since
their "first date" on Valentine's Day in 2003.
currently lives with her parents in Granite City and Michael
lives in an apartment in Collinsville,
about 15 minutes east.