MADISON – Jerome Nicholas “Jerry” Motelet, 97, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2020. He was born in Avoca, WI on December 19, 1922, to Paul and Ida Kay (Rakow) Motelet. He married the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Gorry, at St. Raphael’s Cathedral on July 8, 1944. If there ever was a perfect match, it certainly was Jerry & Betty. An inspiration to all, they shared a marriage of 73 years. Despite the death of Betty in 2017, his love and devotion to her never waned. Jerry had a passion for music. His musical talents allowed him to master various instruments, and he was a member of several bands. Jerry was a devout catholic and led a life rich in faith. Incredibly generous, Jerry shared whatever he had with whomever he encountered. He had a magnetic personality that lit up a room, and he always demonstrated a genuine interest in helping people. Jerry’s greatest treasure was his family. He and Betty were extremely proud parents to their 12 children, 25 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. His sharp 97-year-old mind allowed him to remain present in their lives.
Jerry is survived by his children: Mike (Rose) Motelet, Bill (Mary) Motelet, Ruth (Jim) Collins, Carol (Bob) Clark, Gigi (Gary) Bethke, Margie (Kyle) Barry, Jeff Motelet (Daniel Guerra), Jim (Laura) Motelet, Kris (Sam) Buscemi, Teresa (Tom) Beecher and Jill (Mike) Lilly. Grandchildren: Lori, Christopher, Steven, Gregg, Bill, Patrick, Shannon, Rob, Brenda, Garrett, Damian, Cole, Brett, Lisa, Jeffrey, Jimmy, Nick, Parker, Sam, Courtney, Nick, Justin, Olivia and Jack. Great-grandchildren: Braeden, Hunter, Cade, Hayleigh, Ajay, Sarah, Ben, Clara, Preston, Maddie, Mara, Macy, Cambry, Sadie, Josie, Ari, Nico, Mila, Poppy, Alexis, Bentley, Jaxon, Trevor, Carson, Drake, Presley, Mason, Madden, Andrew, Reese and Finn. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty, daughter Rosemary, and granddaughter Amy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, January 24, 2020, at 11:30 a.m., at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison. Visitation will take place at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will immediately follow Mass at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 2705 Regent St., Madison. A special thanks to the staff of Heritage Assisted Living Middleton and Agrace Madison for their caring support. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com
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