Obituary: Gerald "Jerry" Lee Lizotte


April 8, 2022

Gerald L. Lizotte, 82, of Cloquet passed away April 3, 2022, at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton. He was born Jan. 24, 1940, in Crookston, the son of Rene and Rita (Theroux) Lizotte. Jerry graduated from Melrose High School and received his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He was united in marriage to LouAnn Wehlage on Sept. 9, 1961, in Melrose.

Jerry played basketball, football and baseball in high school as well as the trombone in high school through college. He taught instrumental music in the Cloquet public schools from 1965 through 1995. As the band director, no one had more enthusiasm than Jerry.

Jerry enjoyed fishing with family and friends, giving piano lessons, making jokes, golfing, taking long walks, and enjoying summer vacations in Nisswa, where he loved boating, skiing and fishing. He also loved watching his grandsons play hockey and various other sports; he was an ice cream lover, and fixed everything he could with duct tape.

Invariably, Jerry was a faithful volunteer at nursing homes, delivering communion and praying with residents. Prayer was a daily part of Jerry’s life. The people Jerry loved were always in his prayers!

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael, daughter Mary Beth, sister Joyce, and brothers-in-law Bob and Sheldon. He is survived by his wife LouAnn, daughter Pamela (Scott) Jacobsen, and daughter-in-law Lisa Lizotte; grandchildren, Brett (Madeline), Brock, and Blake (Abby); sisters Joan, Judy (Mark), and Faye; sister-in-law Marlene (Vern); and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visitation: 12 p.m. until the 1 p.m. Memorial Mass Saturday, April 9 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet, followed by a luncheon in the church social hall. Inurnment will be at New Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet.


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