Marie C. Paquette

Marie C. Paquette

MARQUETTE, MI – Marie C. Paquette, 82, of Marquette, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at U.P. Health System- Marquette.

Marie was born on May 1, 1938, in Marquette to the late Raymond and Gladys (LaForest) Schmeltzer. She was a 1956 graduate of Bishop Baraga High School. Marie was a LPN when she married her former spouse, Jerry Paquette, and was a devoted mother to their five children, Mark (Mary) Paquette, Robin (Mary Ann) Paquette, Daniel (Cyndee) Paquette, Kim (Danette) Paquette and Jodie (Donna) Paquette. Additionally, she attended culinary school, cashiered at Taco Bell for 10 years, and proudly served as a Eucharist Minister at St. Michael Catholic Church.

Marie loved her home, especially her kitchen, where she liked to cook, bake and visit with family and friends. She loved singing, going to church, playing bingo and cards, watching old Western movies, planting roses and supporting her beloved Detroit Tigers. Marie had immense love for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed painting, coloring and chatting with her grandchildren and having tea parties with her girls. Marie just plain enjoyed being around people.

In addition to her five children, Marie is survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren, brothers, Butch and Gary Schmeltzer; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Schmeltzer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. Greg Heikkala officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting Marie’s family where memories and condolences may be shared at canalefuneral.com