THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas C. Pichette
Issue Date: September 20, 2017
Thomas Clayton Pichette, 79, passed away at home Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 after a long battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).
Born April 12, 1938, to Clayton (Ding) and Alice Pichette, he was loved by two good women, his first wife Joan Pitt (Corsten) and they had two sons, Andre and Paul. He later married Melissa Philipps and helped raise her two boys, Michael and Sean Rhino.
He worked as an educator in Menominee Public School System and brought enthusiasm and positive support to his students. He was a teacher, principal, administrator of the Continuing Education and Alternative Education programs and ended his career as a classroom teacher which he loved most.
A loving and supportive person, he enjoyed a variety of things including Theatre on the Bay and the roles he played on stage of Pop Bailey, Moon Face Martin, Mr. Witherspoon and more. He will be remembered for his role in South Pacific when he went on stage in a hula skirt and coconut bra and gained a lifetime friend and companion, Herb Williams, through TOB.
An avid bicyclist, he put more miles on his bike than his car in the summer months. He enjoyed walking with his friend, Bill LeMay in rain or shine in early hours of the morning. He liked doing crossword puzzles, reading "who done it" books and had a part-time retirement job as Library Assistant at Spies Public Library.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa; a brother, Michael (Micker) Pichette; a sister, Sally Pichette Broetzman and her fiancé, Larry Nelson; two children, Andre Pichette and Paul (Jen) Pichette; two step-children, Mike (Jeni) Rhino and Sean Rhino and six grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 2 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 6 p.m., officiated by Deacon Steve Gretzinger. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Contributions in his name can be made to Spies Public Library or Theatre on the Bay.