Donald Simonet Issue Date: November 29, 2017
Donald T. Simonet, 76, of Marinette, formerly of Green Bay, passed away Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Born April 15, 1941 in Green Bay, he attended Saints Peter and Paul
Catholic School and Our Lady of Premontre High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1960 until 1964 on the US East Coast, Bermuda and Cuba.
While on active duty he met his wife of 56 years, Sara Elizabeth
(Carre) and they had two children, Kathleen Marie and Donald Thomas, Jr. (Lynn Salesky) before returning to Wisconsin and residing in Green Bay.
When his job as a Nabisco Sales Representative transferred him, he moved his family to Marinette in 1968 where he lived until his death. After retiring from Nabisco, he worked at Lee's Family Foods in Peshtigo until his cancer diagnosis.
An avid Packers fan, he grew up in the Three Corners neighborhood when the team played at City Stadium and told stories of selling parking spots at his parents house on Grove Street for 25 cents, then walking to the stadium with friends to climb the trees and watch the games free and playing catch with some of the players. He played catch with his favorite player number 18, Tobin Rote and also attended the Ice Bowl with a best friend. He converted his wife and raised his children to be Packer fans.
He enjoyed reading, summer weekends at his trailer in Lakewood and evenings on the patio with a few beverages, but mostly time with his granddaughter.
He is survived by two children, Kathleen and Donald Jr. (Lynn Salesky); a grandchild, Gwen Marie Simonet of Green Bay and special friend Jordan Neff; a sister, Patricia (Simonet) Green of Appleton and her children, Ann Louise (James Roche) of Milwaukee; a Goddaughter, Mary Elizabeth (Robert Bricco) of Stoughton and Charles Andrew (Brenda Wendt) of Appleton, and their children.
Along with his parents, Clarence and Lillian (Warner) Simonet, he was preceded in death by three brothers Robert Clarence, James Frances and Roger Emmanuel; two brothers-in-law, Charles Green and John David Carre; two sisters-in-law, Laverne (LaRoche) Simonet and Elizabeth (Jansma) Carre; his aunts and uncles and a special friend, Ella Smetana.
A brief visitation was held prior to a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Burial followed
with military honors at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette and Malcore Funeral Home of Green Bay assisted the family with arrangements. He gave to his favorite charities, the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans and St. Jude's Cancer Research Center and the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity in his name.
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