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Violet "Vi" Barrette passed away, December 30, 2017, at Rennes West Nursing Home.   Born June 22, 1919 daughter of the late August and Laura (Charnesky) Neshek in Coleman, she graduated from Coleman High School in 1937, then attended and graduated from the Appleton Business College.  She was employed in Appleton when WWII started and being very patriotic she enlisted in the WAVES and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas as a storekeeper working in the payroll department. After being discharged she worked for Price Waterhouse Accounting Company in Milwaukee for several years.  Vi met Antoine Barrette, who was a medical student and they were married on August 21, 1948.  After Antoine's graduation from medical school, they moved to Peshtigo in 1954, where Vi assisted him in his General Medical Practice.
Vi and Tony purchased the former Eklund Nursing Home in 1960 where Vi served as the Nursing Home Administrator.  They also built and operated a nursing home in Oconto Falls with Dr. Ralph Pelkey, calling them both Pel-Bar Nursing Homes.   Vi returned to school to become aViolet "Vi" Barrette passed away, December 30, 2017, at Rennes West Nursing Home.   Born June 22, 1919 daughter of the late August and Laura (Charnesky) Neshek in Coleman, she graduated from Coleman High School in 1937, then attended and graduated from the Appleton Business College.  She was employed in Appleton when WWII started and being very patriotic she enlisted in the WAVES and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas as a storekeeper working in the payroll department. After being discharged she worked for Price Waterhouse Accounting Company in Milwaukee for several years.  Vi met Antoine Barrette, who was a medical student and they were married on August 21, 1948.  After Antoine's graduation from medical school, they moved to Peshtigo in 1954, where Vi assisted him in his General Medical Practice.
Vi and Tony purchased the former Eklund Nursing Home in 1960 where Vi served as the Nursing Home Administrator.  They also built and operated a nursing home in Oconto Falls with Dr. Ralph Pelkey, calling them both Pel-Bar Nursing Homes.   Vi returned to school to become a certified Occupational Therapy Assistant for the nursing homes.  After they sold the nursing homes, in 1971, they purchased Faucett Forest Products, which they operated together for 20 years.  
She was a member of the Peshtigo United Methodist Church and their women and fellowship groups; Peshtigo Woman's Club from 1954 to 2012; Women's Medical Auxiliary and was secretary and treasurer for a number of years.  She served as den mother for 10 years and assisted the Boy Scouts for a few years.  Vi was a PTA volunteer, receptionist and aid at St. Mary Church and a volunteer aid at Peshtigo High School.  While a resident at the Renaissance, she was a reading aide at the Merryman School in Marinette.
In August 2011, Vi was privileged to fly on the Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington DC along with other WWII veterans to see the WWII Memorial and the Navy Museum.
Vi is survived by five sons, Dr. Bruce (Debi) Barrette of Marinette, Dr. Mark (Sarah) Barrette of Beaver Dam, WI, Dr. Roger (Amy) Barrette of Pittsburgh, PA, Kim (Lori) Barrette of Peshtigo, and Dr. Perry (Stacey) Barrette of Lodi, WI; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; Also survived by, brothers, Jerry Neshek of California and Mick Neshek of Lake Geneva, WI. 
Along with her parents and husband, Dr. Antoine Barrette in 2007, she was preceded in death by sisters, Jeanette Utt, Irene Pelot and brothers, Victor Neshek and James Neshek.
Visitation will be held Saturday, January 6, at Peshtigo United Methodist Church  from 10:00 am until time of services at Noon with Pastor Kevin Dembinski officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Peshtigo Barrette High School Scholarship Fund, Peshtigo High School, 341 Emery Ave., Peshtigo, WI.  54157 
 


Violet "Vi" A. Barrette