In memory of
Charles "Chuck" Piette
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In memory of
Charles "Chuck" Piette
Piette, Charles "Chuck" Charles "Chuck" Piette, 66, of Hortonville died Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by family after a short, but difficult battle with CJD. Chuck was born on February 23, 1950 in Appleton. He was the son of Lester & Adeline (Becher) Piette. Chuck grew up in Grand Chute and graduated from Appleton West High School in 1968. Chuck graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a business degree in 1972. After college Chuck began working in the family construction business. Chuck married JoAnn (Ditter) on May 15, 1976 at Holy Trinity in Jericho. In 1979 Chuck started building their house with his parents and JoAnn in the Hortonville area, coming to the house everyday after work and weekends. He enjoyed coaching his daughters' softball teams at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic grade school and summer youth programs. Chuck and JoAnn developed many wonderful and lasting friendships with other parents through their daughters' schools and sports activities. Chuck was a great craftsman and worked for years with his dad and then his brother before starting his own construction business. He spent the last part of his career sharing his talents and skills at Home Depot where he developed many lasting friendships there that he cherished so much. Chuck had many hobbies and interests from football, traveling, gardening and antiquing. Chuck looked forward to every fall for Badger football games — a memory of his college days. Not only was he a devoted fan of the football team, but he was a huge follower of the UW marching band fan and attended all the pre-game rallies. Chuck loved to travel and be on the road. He took many family vacation trips, traveled to almost all the National Parks and all lower 48 states and always ventured off the beaten path to find amazing attractions. Chuck traveled near and far for antiques, a passion he inherited from his mother and sister. Chuck loved being outdoors, whether in his boat on the water or in the backyard. He shared a lifelong love of fishing with friends and family over the years, and always looked forward to four-wheeling trips with his brother. When he wasn't traveling you could find Chuck in his yard, planting trees and designing flower beds with day lilies and hostas. A lasting memory will always be of Chuck riding through the yard on his lawnmower. Memories of Chuck will live on through his wife JoAnn as she continues gardening; his two daughters as they continue his love of traveling and fixing up their homes; his nieces and nephews as Uncle Laughs-A-Lot, who brought out his great sense of humor and contagious laughter; his high school friends for old stories and decades of friendship; his work friends through the projects they worked on together. Chuck's friendships he has made over the years are all so special. He's been a great friend to many people. Chuck will be missed for his curiosity about the world he explored, his limitless carpentry talents, a generous spirit who would help anyone out at a moment's notice, a man who could not say no to a blue polo shirt, a great friend, a wonderful uncle, father and husband. JoAnn would like to thank all those who visited, prayed and supported Chuck and our family, Jennifer and Michelle for being home every weekend and taking Chuck on the RV trip of a lifetime, his brother and sister who have been so supportive of him his whole life and especially the last few months, the home caregivers and nurses who took great care of Chuck and made sure he was always happy, comfortable and fed. Chuck is survived by his wife JoAnn of 40 years; two daughters Jennifer Piette of Chicago, Michelle Piette (Steve) of Chicago. His brother Robert Piette (Sharon), Shiocton; Eileen Behm (Gordon), Grand Chute. His nieces and nephews Jolie Abitz (Kevin), Greg Moen (Lynn), Gretchen Hrubes (Al), Bryan Moen (Alisha), and Rick, Randy, Renee and Robin; and many brother and sister in-laws and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Richard Piette. Funeral mass for Chuck will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Hortonville with Rev. Msgr. James Feely and Parish Director, Greg Layton officiating. Visitation will be held the Borchardt Moder Funeral Home, Hortonville on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and also on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the parish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in memory of Chuck to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.
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