Jerome A. “Jerry” Donatell, age 72 of Hudson WI, died on Friday evening, May 20, 2016 at Comforts of Home. Jerry was born January 22, 1944 in Baraboo WI to parents Odric J. and Gladys (Parker) Donatell. Jerry graduated from Spooner High School with the Class of 1962. He would further his education, earning both his Bachelor’s degree, and his Masters degree from UW River Falls. Jerry would be united in marriage to Vicki Elizabeth Skeath on August 9, 1975, and their union in marriage would be blessed with two sons, Jeremy and Gabe.
Jerry was a teacher in Hudson WI, educating students at Hudson Schools for over 34 years. Jerry was a dedicated Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan. He loved to watch the games, or take in a football weekend in Madison whenever he had the chance. Locally, he was a proud supporter of Hudson Wrestling. Jerry also enjoyed hunting and bow hunting, power lifting, and snowmobiling. Jerry was a social creature who enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren, and good friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vicki; sons, Jeremy (Susan) of Boston MA, and Gabe (Kelly) of Flagstaff AZ; grandchildren, Mari, William, Cooper and Brooks; his sister Barbara Mortensen of Mpls MN; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, John “Jack” and Gene.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th Street in Hudson, WI. On Friday, June 3, 2016 a Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm at the Scalzo-Taylor Funeral Chapel, 306 Rusk St. in Spooner, WI. Visitation will begin at 1:00pm. A burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Spooner. Memorials honoring the life of Jerry Donatell are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. 715-386-3725