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Gerald (Jerry) E. Salo, 77, passed away on Nov. 24, 2014.

He was born Nov. 13, 1937 at home in Superior, to his Finnish immigrant parents, Charles (Kalle Haapasalo) Salo and Linda (Tikkanen) Salo.

He attended Superior Central High School and was twice elected class president. He graduated in 1955. He held both bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. His 37-year career as a high school social studies teacher began in Crystal Falls, Mich., and led him to Butternut-Glidden, Wis., and Merrill, Wis.. He then moved to the Madison area and taught for 30 years at Middleton High School. The Bassett Award for Excellence in Education was presented to him in 1985.

On Sept. 29, 1973, he married Lisbeth Lochen. Jerry was a devoted husband and father who always placed family first. He was a gifted storyteller who was fiercely proud of his Finnish heritage and incorporated that ethnic flavor into the delivery of many stories and jokes. He was also a die-hard fan of the Badgers, Packers, Brewers, Scrabble, and crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his wife, Lisbeth; daughters Amanda (Robert) Perry of Downers Grove, Ill. and Kathryn of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughter Kayla Perry; sister Linda (Dale) Weatherford of Paramount, Calif.; and brother Charles (Cathy) of Superior.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Linda Salo, Town of Lakeside, his sister Norma (Albert) Kokkonen of Cambridge, Wis. and his sister Martha (Patrick) Campbell of Green Bay, Wis.

The family would like to thank Jerry's personal physician, Dr. Kelly Herold, and the countless medical professionals he met at UW Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital for their knowledgeable and compassionate care. Jerry's recent health challenges have made us all very much aware of what a difference you make in our lives.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held at Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Care, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, Wis. from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, where an informal service will begin at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to the charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.