HERMANSVILLE – Bernard “Bernie” Poquette, 77, of Hermansville, passed away peacefully on Sept. 8, 2013, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
He was born on March 15, 1936, to the late Alfred and Violet (Ayotte) Poquette in Hermansville. Bernie was a lifelong resident of Hermansville where he was a member of St. John Neumann/St. Mary Church.
He served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and volunteered every Friday to make sure the residents at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility could make it to Mass. He was also one of many men over the years to make and serve the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Army. He served four years as a military policeman in Japan. When he returned, he would meet and marry his wife of 52 years, Harriet (Smith) on Sept. 2, 1961, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hermansville.
Bernie worked at Harnischfeger as a spot welder, and eventually became a welder/pipefitter for Union Local 506. He was a hard-working man who went wherever his skills were needed to provide a good home to his wife and four children.
He was a longtime member of the Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post 340 and Sportsmans Club, also former volunteer fireman and driver for the Hermansville Rescue Squad.
Bernie was a good-hearted, fun-loving man who always had a helping hand for anyone who needed it. He had many friends and family he enjoyed being with, especially if a game of cribbage or smear could be played. He always had a smile, a strong handshake, a warm hug or a prayer for everyone. Hunting season, fishing, camping, making maple syrup and sports were how the seasons of the year were defined.
A loyal Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Michigan Wolverines fan, he would proudly wear the colors and discuss the latest game with his boys. His hearty laugh and red hat will be remembered by many.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Harriet; sons, Chris (Danette) Poquette of Waukesha, Wis., Eric (Tracy) Poquette of Huntington Beach, Calif.; daughter, Patricia (William) Cook of Felch; daughter-in-law, Gale (Jeffrey) Poquette of Lorena Texas; one brother, Loren (Yvonne) Poquette; three sisters, Evelyn (Jerry) Cappaert, Yvonne (Jack) Peterson and Gail (Jim) Cater; and sister-in-law, Beverly Poquette.
Also survived by five brothers-in-law, Robert (Dana Sandberg) Smith, Martin (Patty) Smith, Donald (Sheri) LeBombard, Brian (Bonnie) LeBombard, Steven (Patti) LeBombard; and three sisters-in-law, Jean (Jim) Mosenfelder, Joyce (Benny) LeBombard Souder, and Linda Halifax; ten grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jeffrey Poquette; two brothers, Alfred Melvin Poquette of Pembine, Wis., and Lester Poquette of Menominee; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Clifford Lebombard; and brother-in-law, Arthur LeBombard.
Friends may call from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Central time on Friday at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding, with Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post 340 rites at 3:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Friday at the church, with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial will follow Mass in the Meyer Township Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in the church parish hall in Spalding after committal services.
The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Poquette family.
Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.