Orest (Orie) Moretti

Feb. 19, 1922 – Jan. 14, 2013

Orest (Orie) Moretti of Sun City, Ariz., passed away Jan. 14, 2013.

He was born Feb. 19, 1922, in Waukesha, the eldest child of Rocco and Maria Moretti.

A member of the “Greatest Generation,” Orie was a World War II veteran of the U.S.

Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific Theater. He served in the Aluetion Islands, and participated in the battles for Tarawa, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was part of the occupation force in Japan following the war. He received the Purple Heart for grievous wounds suffered at Tarawa.

He married Jeanne Charlevoix on May 15, 1946, at St. Mary’s Church in Pewaukee. They raised four children in Pewaukee, where Orie operated his business, Orie’s Radio & TV Service, for some 40 years.

While in Pewaukee, he was active in the American Legion, where he was a member for 64 years, the Chamber of Commerce, Pewaukee Lion’s Club and the Knights of Columbus.

Orie was an avid ham radio operator for more than 70 years with a call sign of W9LHW. He retired to Sun City in 1992, where he was active in the Early Bird Lion’s Club and the Wisconsin Club.

Orie was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne in 1978; and a brother, Alfred.

He is survived by his children, Jay Moretti of Cross Plains; Patricia Burrough of Bellaire, Texas; Mary Morey of Naples, Fla.; and David Moretti, of Wakefield, Rhode Island. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Eleanor Jacquet of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, John Moretti of Brookfield; a sister-in-law, Luna Moretti of Sun City; a brother- in-law, Dean Charlevoix of Adams; and a good friend, Gerilyn Cheyney of San Diego, Calif.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, N35-W23360 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 21. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family wishes any memorials be directed to the Wisconsin Lion’s Foundation, 3834 County Road A, Rosholt, WI 54473.