MANISTIQUE - Cletus C. Chartier, 81, of 123 S. 3rd St., Manistique, Mich., passed away Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014, at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran's in Marquette.
He was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Manistique, the son of Joseph and Eva (Mero) Chartier. Cletus was a graduate of Manistique High School. Following high school, he continued his education earning his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University, and later his master's degree in education from Michigan State University.
During the Korean Conflict, he served our country in the United States Army, seeing action in Europe.
Cletus C. Chartier
Following his marriage in 1955 to Esther Clarke, Cletus made his home and raised his family in Traunik.
He was a high school teacher in Trenary and later in Ishpeming. During his career Cletus taught industrial arts, math, science and drivers education. Following his retirement in 1987, he moved from Traunik to Manistique.
Cletus was a member of the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post 4420 of Manistique and the Lions Club of Trenary. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and golfing. Cletus further enjoyed bowling and winemaking. In his retirement he became known as a handyman/carpenter. He loved flying his own float plane and truly enjoyed his Monday-Wednesday-Saturday sauna time in his family home.
He is survived by his former wife, Esther Chartier of Trenary, Mich.; children, Kim Leifheit of Ferndale, Wash., Craig (Sandy) Chartier of Marquette, Mich., Cary (Beth) Chartier of Chatham, Mich., Zann (Joseph) Chartier-Stulp of Rockford, Mich., Torrie (Bruce Holloway) Chartier of Calgary Alberta, Canada, Yvonne Chartier of Sand Lake, Mich. and Yvette Chartier of Rockford, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Eloise Poupore of Cooks, Mich., and Charlene "Didi" Husar of White Pine, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews. Cletus is further survived by his sister-in-laws, Genevieve, Rita, Pauline and Liz Chartier; and his long time companion Marion's children, Tom, Robbie, Dixie, Tex and their families.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his long time companion, Marion Burnis; and brothers, Kenneth, William, Patrick, Francis "Fred", Joseph "George", Lewellyn "Lew" and Clyde Chartier.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 7, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A veteran's memorial service will take place at 6:45 p.m. in the funeral home followed by a memorial service at 7 p.m. with Father Glenn Theoret officiating.
Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique in the spring.
A special thank you to the staff of Lake Superior Hospice and the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran's for the outstanding care extended to Cletus during his time there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Lake Superior Hospice or the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veteran's in Cletus' name.