Thomas Pichette Obituary

Thomas Clayton Pichette
Thomas Clayton Pichette

April 12, 1938 - September 12, 2017
Born in Menominee, MI
Resided in Menominee, Michigan
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A kind and gentle soul has left us. Thomas Clayton Pichette passed away peacefully at home on September 12, 2017, after a long battle with PSP (progressive supranuclear palsy).
Tom was born on April 12, 1938 to Clayton (Ding) and Alice Pichette. Tom was loved by two good women. His first wife was Joan Pitt (Corsten). Tom and Joan had two boys, Andre and Paul. He later married Melissa Philipps and helped guide and raise her boys, Michael and Sean Rhino.
Tom spent his career as an educator in the Menominee Public School System. He brought enthusiasm and positive support to all of his students. He wore many hats during his career. He was a teacher, principal, and administrator of the Continuing Education and Alternative Education programs. He ended his career in the role he most loved—that of a classroom teacher.
Tom was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed a variety of pursuits. He loved Theatre on the Bay and the diverse roles he played on stage - Pop Bailey, Moon Face Martin and Mr. Witherspoon to name a few. Many will remember his infamous role in South Pacific when he appeared on stage in his hula skirt and coconut bra. In addition, Tom gained a lifetime friend and companion, Herb Williams, through his involvement with TOB. Tom was an avid bicyclist and put more miles on his bike than his car in the summer months. Tom also enjoyed walking and he and his close friend, Bill LeMay, were always out walking come rain or shine in the early hours of the morning. He was a voracious reader and particularly liked “who done it” books. His part time retirement job was that of Library Assistant and he was in his element at Spies Public Library. Tom liked the challenge of crossword puzzles and did several a day - if you wanted to know a five letter word for lasso you could just ask Tom! He would answer “riata” without blinking an eye.
Tom leaves behind his wife, Melissa; his brother, Michael (Micker) Pichette; his sister, Sally Pichette Broetzman and her fiancé, Larry Nelson. He is also survived by his children, Andre Pichette, Paul (Jen) Pichette; and his step-children, Mike (Jeni) Rhino and Sean Rhino. Tom dearly loved and was loved by his grandchildren: Paige and Allison Pichette, Derek (Nora) Jepson and Troy Jepson, Chloe Pichette and Paige Warner.
Services will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home. The visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. with a memorial service by Deacon Steve Gretzinger to follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Those wishing to honor Tom’s memory may direct contributions in his name to Spies Public Library or Theatre on the Bay.
The family wishes to convey their gratitude to all of those who took compassionate care of Tom during his illness: to Dr. Daroach and his staff, the fantastic gals at U.P. Health System who provided in home hospice care, and Great Lakes Northern Home Care. Special thanks to Oggie St. Martin who never failed to bring a smile to his face and to Tom’s sister, Sally, who brought endless, delicious meals and was a steadfast companion and helpmate during many difficult years.

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Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143
Sunday, September 17, 2017
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home
610 Marinette Avenue
Marinette, WI US 54143
Sunday, September 17, 2017
6:00 PM