Follow us

Obituary for Ella ‘Ellie’ Mae Motta

December 11, 1953 – June 9, 2023

Ella “Ellie” Mae Motta, 69, of Burlington, passed away on June 9 at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington.

Ella ‘Ellie’ Mae Motta
Ella ‘Ellie’ Mae Motta

Ellie was born on Dec. 11, 1953, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Nile and Jessie Barcalow. She lived much of her life in the eastern half of Ohio. She went to John H. Lehman High School in Canton, Ohio. Ellie married Thomas L. Motta on April 24, 1974, in Beaufort, S.C.

She loved being a homemaker and being able to welcome her kids and husband home and hear about their days. She was always interested in the details of her family’s days and helping with homework when possible. Her love of reading was passed on to her daughter Heather.

Some of the things she loved were listening to music from the ‘50s to the ‘80s, reading (didn’t matter if it was the paper, a magazine, or a good nonfiction book – especially historical books), animals (especially dogs), being around family (when possible) and hearing from her son Tom A. about how sports teams from Ohio were doing. Her favorite shows to watch were “The Waltons,” “NCIS” and “Law & Order.”

Ellie was a loving wife, mother and grandma, and is survived by her mother, Jessie Totten; husband, Thomas L Motta; son, Thomas A. Motta; daughter, Heather (Josh) Schueller; grandchildren, Jason and Jarad Schueller; sister, Nila Dedmon; nephew, Johnny Dedmon III; and nieces, Kathy Anderson and Zephyr Kobie.

She is preceded in death by her father, Nile K. Barcalow; sister, Nancy Anderson; and brother, Clyde (Sonny) Winfield Barcalow.


A visitation for Ellie will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 16 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, with a light luncheon to follow immediately after the 4:30 p.m. service.

Memorial donations in Ellie’s honor can be made to Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ellie Mae Motta, please visit the Integrity Funeral Services floral store.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Integrity Funeral Services.

Local News

The Racine County Eye, which includes the Kenosha Lens, is your source for local news that serves our diverse communities. Subscribe today to stay up-to-date with local news.

Follow us on Facebook: Racine County Eye or Kenosha Lens, and Twitter to make sure you get the latest news.

Racine County Eye, Kenosha Lens banner