THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Robert J. Barrette
Issue Date: January 22, 2014
Robert James Barrette, 89, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Saturday, Jan. 18 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
Born May 8, 1924 in Marinette to the late Harold and Lorena (Swetzler) Barrette, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1942. He served in the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II and was discharged in 1946. He married the former Carol Vandenberg on Jan. 11, 1947 and she preceded him in death on June 9, 2013.
A member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the American Legion, the couple traveled throughout the United States as well as Hawaii, Alaska and Israel. He worked for the Menominee Post Office until his retirement and was a popular and well liked mail carrier for over 30 years. He enjoyed bowling, going to Menominee football games and tending bar on Saturday nights at various establishments in Menominee.
He is survived by three daughters, Laurie Barrette-Shoshan, of Bell Canyon, Ca., Julie Barrette, of Milwaukee and Paula Barrette, of Boston, Mass.; four sons, Mike (Marcia), Pat (Rayleen), Tom (Jodi) and David (Sally Larson), all of Menominee; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Haines, of Marinette; a brother, George (C.J.) Barrette, of Peshtigo; a sister-in-law, Gerry Vandenberg and many other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Thyne; two brothers, Harold and Ronald; a grandson, David Barrette, Jr.; a nephew, John Vandenberg and three brothers-in-law Burl Thyne, Howard Haines and Warren Vandenberg.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 4 p.m. until time of the American Legion service at 6 p.m., followed by a Vigil prayer service. Fr. Michael Ocran will preside with burial to be in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in his name with any expressions of sympathy and kindness to be directed to a family member.