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Rita Marie Poquette
Date of Death: December, 03 2012

Rita Marie Poquette
, 79, Pembine, WI, was born in Kingsford, MI on April 6, 1933 to the late Alvina (Bast) Smaglick-Lickman and Walter Smaglick. She married her high school sweetheart of 59 years, Alfred Poquette on October 10, 1953 in Hermansville, MI. Together they have five children, Dale (Donna) Poquette, Valerie Reyment, Karen Rasmussen (Marvin Gillis), David (Bonnie) Poquette and Donald (Ragina) Poquette. This blessed them with eight grandchildren, Andrew J. Reyment, Ashley (Dan) Nelson, Heather (Nicholas) Hodkiewicz, Tiffany (Brian) Waskowiak, Jonathan Poquette, Brandon, Bryan and Danielle Poquette as well as three great-grandchildren, Ava and Evelyn Hodkiewicz and Beckham Nelson.

They lived in Sturtevant for 12 years before moving to Pulaski, where they raised their family, then retiring in Pembine. During this time she worked for Western Printing, Northern Shoe and the Pulaski School District.

Rita's love of life included cooking, camping, sewing, quilting, card playing, Friday night fish fries, music concerts and time spent with family and friends.

She was born to eternal life on December 3, 2012 and is survived by her husband, her children, brother, Paul Smaglick, sisters, Carol (Darrel) Post, Joyce (Frank) Sabo and Susie (Mike) Gustitus, brothers, Wayne and Joe Lickman. Also brothers-in-law, Loren (Yvonne) Poquette and Bernard (Hariette) Poquette, sisters-in-law, Beverly Poquette, Evelyn (Jerry) Cappert, Yvonne (Jack) Peterson and Gail (Jim) Cater, as well as nieces, nephews, and friends that have come and gone thru the years - she loved them all.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, William Lickman and Earl Lickman Jr., son-in-law, Michael Reyment and one brother-in-law, Lester Poquette.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST) on Thursday December 6, 2012 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding, MI. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. (CST) on Friday December 7, 2012 at St. John Neumann Church in Hermansville. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall. Burial will take place in the Meyer Township Cemetery in the spring.

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We would like to deeply thank the Bellin Heart Team for the work they do every day and the love and compassion they poured out to Rita and her family.

God bless you all and may all your Christmases be white.

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