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Donald J. Quinette, 89, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017, with his family by his side at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Green Bay, WI. He was born on May 8, 1928, in Green Bay, to the late Alfred and Matilda (Albers) Quinette.
Don married Genevieve Calaway on April 7, 1951, at St. Boniface Church, in De Pere, WI. He served in the Navy from 1946-1948. After his service he attended St. Norbert College for two years and reenlisted in the Navy in 1950, to serve his country during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

On February 1, 1953, Don was hired by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department as a Police Officer. After several years in this role he was proudly promoted to Captain and was well respected. He retired from the B.C.S.D. on May 7, 1984.

Don was loved by his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He was an excellent provider for his family and an extremely well-liked and respected member of the community, known for his strong Catholic faith and giving heart.
Don had a deep connection with nature and the outdoors. To relax he spent time on his property near Lake Noquebay, in Crivitz, WI, where he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and camping. Don had a tremendous love for gardening, always growing his favorites: tomatoes, marigolds and geraniums.
Don also had a keen interest in carpentry, heavy machinery and trucks which he credited to his uncle, father and grandfather. These interests led to his handyman skills which allowed him to fix just about anything. He was also a loyal Packer fan and enjoyed watching his all-time favorite player, Brett Favre.

Don leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Genevieve (Calaway) Quinette and his children: Donna (William) Haworth, Debbie Quinette, Ginny Gildernick (Ken Fleischman), Gail (Rick) Schmitz and Denise Alexander (Rick Voigt); daughter-in-laws: Anne Quinette, Mary Kay Plesser and Patti Quinette. He will also be sadly missed by his 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Don is further survived by his siblings: Mary (Ken) Collaer, MN; Harold Quinette, AZ; Harvey (Nancy) Quinette, WI and Tom Quinette, IN; sisters-in-law: Marge Calaway, Dolores Calaway, and Nancy Calaway; and brother-in-law Ron (Barb) Calaway

In addition to his parents, Don is preceded in death by his three sons: Glen Quinette, Daniel Quinette and Gregory Quinette; his brother, Bernard Quinette and his father and mother-in-law, Felix and Johanna “Mamie” Calaway along with brothers-in-law Jerome Calaway, Kenneth Calaway, Neil Calaway, and Paul Calaway; and sister-in-law Irm (Robert) Ulmen.

Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home 305 N Tenth St., De Pere, WI after 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Prayer service will be at 7:00 pm. Visitation at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1307 Lourdes Avenue, De Pere, WI will continue Friday, December 8, 2017 from 9:00am until 10:30am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am with Fr. Benny Jacob, O.Praem officiating and Deacon Harvey Quinette assisting.
The Quinette Family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital 5th Floor for the compassion and care shown to Don. We would also like to extend a special thank you to nurses, Kelly, Alice and Krysta and the doctors at Green Bay Oncology, Dr. Burnette and Dr. Winkler.
In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the National Hemophilia Foundation for memorial contributions.


Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

7

Dec

4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory

305 N. Tenth St
De Pere, WI 54115

7:00PM Prayer Service

Visitation

Friday

8

Dec

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family

1307 Lourdes Ave
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Friday

8

Dec

10:30 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family

1307 Lourdes Ave
De Pere, WI 54115

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