PEMBINE, Wis. - Alfred "Melvin" Poquette, 80, of Pembine, was born in Hermansville on Sept. 12, 1932, to the late Violet (Ayotte) Poquette and Alfred "Fred" Poquette.
While serving in the Air Force, he married his high school sweetheart of 59 years, the late Rita Smaglick on Oct. 10, 1953, in Hermansville.
Together they have five children, Dale (Donna) Poquette, Valerie Reyment, Karen (Marvin) Gillis, David (Bonnie) Poquette and Donald (Regina) Poquette. This blessed them with eight grandchildren, Andrew J. Reyment, Ashley (Dan) Nelson, Heather (Nicholas) Hodkiewicz, Tiffany (Brian) Waskowiak, Jonathan (Special friend Kelly Zeman) Poquette, Brandon, Bryan and Danielle Poquette, as well as four great-grandchildren, Ava and Evelyn Hodkiewicz, Beckham Nelson and Hank Waskowiak.
They lived in Sturtevant, Wis., for 12 years before moving to Pulaski, Wis., where they raised their family, then retiring in Pembine. During this time Alfred worked for JI Case in Racine, Wis., and FMC in Green Bay, Wis.
Alfred's passion for life included family, friends, time spent at Camp Yabada, fishing, golfing, card playing and he also enjoyed making new friends all over the world on his ham radio (K9ECG).
He was born to eternal life on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, and is survived by his children; his brothers, Loren (Yvonne) Poquette and Bernard (Harriet) Poquette; sister-in-law, Beverly Poquette; his sisters, Evelyn (Jerry) Cappaert, Yvonne (Jack) Peterson and Gail (Jim) Cater. Also brothers-in-law, Paul Smaglick, Wayne Lickman, Harlan "Joe" Lickman; and sisters-in-law, Carol (Darrel) Post, Joyce (Frank) Sabo and Susie (Mike) Gustitus; as well as nieces, nephews, and friends that have come and gone through the years - he gave them all a hard time.
Alfred was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a brother, Lester Poquette; son-in-law, Michael Reyment; brothers-in-law, William Lickman and Earl Lickman Jr.; sister-in-law, Joan Smaglick.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central time on Thursday Aug. 29, at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding, with the Floriano Stecker American Legion post 340 rites at 6:45 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Central time on Friday Aug. 30, at St. John Neumann Church in Hermansville with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial will take place in the Meyer Township Cemetery after Mass. A luncheon will follow burial in the church parish hall.
Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.
The family would like to deeply thank Bellin Hospital and Unity Hospice for all of their help and the work they do every day.
As you walk with Jesus this day, we thank you for being our Dad, Grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend.