Norbert "Bert" Rivette


Birth: March 26th, 1934
Death: September 12th, 2017
Age: 83 years
Residence:Zilwaukee, Michigan
Survived By: Surviving besides his wife Dottie, are three sons and one daughter, Duane (Judy) Rivette, Ray (Pam) Rivette, Mark (Ruth) Rivette and Michele McGee; his grandchildren, Jim Rivette, Kristy (Ben) Foley, Anthony (Michelle) Graham, Krystal Graham, Desirae (Andrew) Eickholt, Jacob and Miranda Rivette, Molly McGee, Megan (Andrew) Babcock, Sharlyn Ferguson; his great-grandchildren, Ava, Ella, Lacey, Liam and Jack; a brother, Donald (Pat) Rivette, brother-in-law Gene Wendling. Bert was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lucille Bauer and Sara Wendling, brother-in-law Dick Bauer and his granddaughter, Vickie McGee.

Norbert R. "Bert" Rivette

Zilwaukee, Michigan

 

Loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, age 83 years.  Son of the late Bertrand and Sarah (Meehleder) Rivette, Bert was born on March 26, 1934 in Zilwaukee, Michigan.  Upon graduating from Holy Family High School in 1952, Bert joined the United States Air Force.  In 1953 he met his future wife, Dorothy “Dottie” Meche, in Leonville, Louisiana.  They married July 10, 1954, recently celebrating 63 years together.  Surviving besides his wife Dottie and loyal dog Buddy, are three sons and one daughter, Duane (Judy) Rivette, Ray (Pam) Rivette, Mark (Ruth) Rivette and Michele McGee; his grandchildren, Jim Rivette, Kristy (Ben) Foley, Anthony (Michelle) Graham, Krystal Graham, Desirae (Andrew) Eickholt, Jacob Rivette, Miranda Rivette, Molly McGee, Megan (Andrew) Babcock, and Sharlyn Ferguson; his great-grandchildren, Ava, Ella, Lacey, Liam and Jack; a brother, Donald (Pat) Rivette , brother-in-law Gene Wendling, sister-in-law Dee (Rick) Hartman in Florida.  Bert was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Lucille Bauer and Sara Wendling, brother-in-Law Dick Bauer and his granddaughter, Vickie McGee.

 

Bert retired as a Master Sergeant in 1974, from the United States Air Force after 21 years of service; and from General Motors in 1991.  His entire life was about honor, duty and helping others.  He was an active member of the Zilwaukee Lions Club since 1974, with over 40 years of perfect attendance.  He served as President and was the 1986 District Governor.  He received numerous local, District and International Awards, as well as the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award (this award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideals consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism).  Bert was currently Chairman of the Board of the Special Needs Vision Clinic in Saginaw, which serves the needs of physically and mentally disabled citizens throughout mid-Michigan.  He was involved with Eversight (previously known as Michigan Eye Bank) since 1988, served as a board member for many years and was a recipient of Eversight’s prestigious Founder’s Award.  Bert and Dottie have been Sustainers for Sight contributors to Eversight, as well as Special Needs Vision Clinic for over 20 years.  His belief in the betterment of mankind extended beyond volunteerism, including blood, cornea, organ and whole body donation.  Civic-minded, he also served on the Zilwaukee City Planning Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, Tax Increment Finance Authority, contributed to maintaining the Saginaw Veterans Memorial Park, and was involved with the Zilwaukee Festival for many years.

 

Bert’s most treasured gift in his life was his family.  He adored his wife, Dottie, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and the life they built together.  He found great joy in making children of all ages smile and laugh whenever he spoke to them.  Every baby he met, whether they were a family, friend, or even a stranger’s child, he handed a dollar to their parent saying their first Slurpee was on him!  He was of Cajun decent and had a love of history.  He spent much time researching his genealogy, as well as sharing the information with family.  He was involved in the planning of the Rivette “Nashville” reunions for many years, and was head of the family at those reunions.

 

Bert will always be remembered by his love of all people, and unending kindness and generosity. 

 Honoring Mr. Rivette’s wishes, his body has been gifted to The University of Michigan Medical School.  A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. Fr. Robert Byrne will officiate.  Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post #439 and the United States Air Force.  Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Special Needs Vision Clinic or Eversight Michigan (Michigan Eye Bank) which were very dear to Bert’s heart.



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CONDOLENCE MESSAGES


“Will really miss you.”


Nino & Phyllis



“Duane: My sincere condolences to you in the loss of your father. May the memories sustain you during this difficult time.”


Mribeth Allen



“Dottie,Mark and Ruth ,and family so sorry for your loss prayers and thought are with u in your time of loss. Just remember all the good times you all shared and all memories to get you through. ”


Barb brefka





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