Jerome "Jerry" J. Rottier, September 11, 1939 - November 30, 2018

Jerome "Jerry" J. Rottier
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A brilliant, caring, generous husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend departed this world on November 30, 2018. 

Jerry Rottier was born Sept. 11, 1939 in De Pere, Wisconsin to Alphonse and Josephine (Vanden Heuvel) Rottier. Growing up the oldest of nine on a dairy farm in De Pere, Jerry was the first from the family to attend college. After receiving his degree from St. Norbert College in 1961 he served in the army for two years. He married Lois Daul in 1963 and taught math at Bellevue, Nebraska High School while Lois finished her degree. He continued his teaching career at Madison, WI schools, and was principal of DeForest High School while working on his Master’s Degree. 

Upon receiving his PhD in Educational Administration, Jerry went on to lead a distinguished university career which began at Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio and ended at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. As a highly regarded educator he promoted a middle school model that better reflected the unique psychological and intellectual needs of the middle school population and advocated for the practice of team- teaching through his classes, seminars and best-selling educational books for the National Middle School Association. He worked with various schools in the country to improve the teaching methods and delivery model for middle level education.

He and his wife raised three children, Kim, Angie and Mike. His children will always remember his fun-loving sense of humor; helpful, hardworking nature; love of learning, and entrepreneurial spirit. 

He spent the majority of retirement at his homes in Eau Claire, WI and Surprise, AZ enjoying travel, golf, friends and family. He skillfully developed a hobby creating beautiful mosaics which he generously gifted to family and friends until succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. 

Jerry is preceded in death by his mother, father, sisters Helen, Carol, Mary, parents-in-law, Leonard and Henrietta Daul and brothers-in-law, David Daul and Ron Rodaer. Surviving Jerry are wife Lois, children Kim (Dan Libby), Angela Jensen and Mike (Dawn) Rottier, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, siblings Abe, Ken (Judy), Rick Voell (brother-in-law), Nancy (Gary Goyke), Dan (Frankie) and Dotti (John Mitchell), sister-in-law Barb Rodaer. 

We are grateful to the caring aides at the Classic who helped make his final days the best they could be. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Jerry's name to the St. Francis Food Pantry, 1221 Truax Blvd, Eau Claire, WI 54703, the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Funeral service will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Newman, the Roman Catholic Parish at the Ecumenical Religious Center (ERC), 110 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701 with Father Dan Oudenhoven officiating.  Visitation will take place at the ERC on Saturday morning, December 8, 2018 from 11 am until the time of service. Parking will be available in the lot across from Hibbard Hall. Private family committal service will take place at a later date at the Chapel of the Resurrection Mausoleum at the Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire. Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Linda Johnson December 8, 2018

    My husband and I were standing in the parking lot at Casa de Emdeco on the island of Hawaii in the pitch dark, discussing where we were going to have to go to get the key to our unit, having just arrived from the mainland, When we heard Jerry’s voice asking if he could help us. After telling us what to do to get our key, he and Lois stood talking to us and it wasn’t long before we found we were born in the same town and were baptized in the same church. I went to grade and high school with his sister, Carol(ine). We will always remember Jerry and his Lois’ kindness to us - all the way from WI.

  2. Galen Schroer December 7, 2018

    My condolences to your family. Jerry worked with me as I earned my MEPD in middle level education at UWEC. I always appreciated the time, information and advice that he gave me. His sense of humor was unique. He was a special man. Thank you for sharing him with all educators.

  3. Judy and Jim Morris December 6, 2018

    Dear Lois, We were so saddened to read about Jerry. It was with great interest that we read the lovely story of his very rewarding life. We only met him briefly during our first trip to AZ in early 2017. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Judy and Jim Morris

  4. Jack Williamsen December 5, 2018

    Jerry and I worked together on the maintenance crew at St. Norbert when we were students there. I remember him as decent and kind, a really good person. Wish there were more like him.

  5. Kathleen Look December 5, 2018

    Your husband, dad, friend was such a good man. He was Mr Rogers and Maverick all wrapped into one in Middle School Education. That gentle smile was something I looked forward to when I was at UWEC and in my classroom working with student teachers. I always knew he would go down to the wire for his students...a man before his time. Thanks for sharing him.

  6. Mike and Kay Wisneski December 5, 2018

    Dear Lois,

    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's death. Alzheimer's is a horrible disease for both patient and family. The obit really captured what kind of a man he was and what he accomplished. May your memories sustain you.

  7. Barbara Tobias Stenger December 5, 2018

    Dear Lois and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family.
    I knew Jerry at St. Norbert College. He was one of the smartest, nicest, kindest men on campus. I always admired him and in later years I was happy to see you both at reunions and have newsy conversations.
    May good bless you with your beautiful memories.

  8. Roxanne K Schoch December 4, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Linda Brenner December 4, 2018

    My sympathies to The family! I have such fond memories of our journey to address the needs of our Middle School children. What fabulous educator and person. God Bless,

  10. Cathy Rottier December 4, 2018

    What a beautiful obituary! I knew that Jerry had taught for years at UW-Eau Claire but I did not know about his emphasis on middle school education or about his many other accomplishments. His was a life well-lived. Please accept my condolences on your loss.

  11. Fr. Bill Menzel December 4, 2018

    I have fond memories of Jerry, especially his dedication to the cause of educating young people of middle school age. He was a great help to us here in Wisconsin Rapids when the Assumption Catholic Schools were adopting the middle school model. My sympathy to Jerry's family and friends, and my prayers for his eternal rest.

  12. jean behnke wisnewski December 4, 2018

    When visiting my aunt at the Classic I frequently would have the pleasure of saying hi or sitting at a table for a meal with Jerry. His kind and gentle soul always shone through. Thoughts and prayers to the family for this huge loss.

  13. Ken and Sue Ripp December 3, 2018

    Dear Lois and family, we were sorry to hear of Jerry's death. We hope that each of you will find comfort and peace in time of grieving. We knew Jerry from our times of shared mass celebrations at Newman Parish. I also knew him well as a fellow educator dedicated to making teaching truly enriching. My last extended time with Jerry was on the Old Abe bike trail with Bob Ridley. I will miss him there and we will miss him in church. We will be out of town on Saturday but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sue and Ken Ripp