Maxine Jensen was born in Beloit, Wisconsin and has lived in the Rockford, Illinois region all of her life. Her father immigrated to the United States from Italy in 1914; her mother followed several years later.
Aurelio DeLaRosa was born in Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in the early 1970s. After living in Houston, Texas for a short time the family relocated to Rockford, Illinois.