John Peter Plante of Osceola died peacefully at home Oct. 10, 2020, after a brief run-in with cancer. He was 80.
As a teenager, John worked on the West Side of St. Paul at Jerabek’s Bakery. He loved to tell stories about his time spent filling jelly donuts. And eating jelly donuts. This served him well later as he took up bread-making and, like most things, honed his baking to a master’s level. We all loved being on the receiving end of his gift, because he always shared. His bread - from Jewish rye to sourdough boule - was the stuff of legend.
John proudly and honorably served as a radio operator in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.
In October 1968, John married Marty Howard because she was smart and pretty and owned 40 acres of land, which adjoined his 160 acres. She married him because he was tall and handsome and had 160 acres adjoining her 40. John proved to be an excellent steward of this land by means of logging, milling, and replanting trees. He and Marty worked hard to build their hobby farm; they enjoyed it and shared it with all who visited. To all who knew them, their marriage of 52 years and 5 days is a wonderful example of how to love one another.
John dedicated his life to his family and his faith. He was a faithful parishioner at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Taylors Falls, Minn., for many decades, sharing his time and talents with the community there. He served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and through his wonderful carpentry skills, further beautified the church.
He spent most of his working life as a self-employed carpenter. Many, many homes in the St. Croix Valley area are better for his fine craftsmanship and special ability for customization.
John was an unfailingly kind, generous person. He was funny in his quiet way and loved a good groaner of a pun. He was the favorite brother, uncle, grandfather, and neighbor. He helped everyone; went off the road in the snow? He’ll go get the tractor. Some people woke up in the morning after a blizzard and their driveway was already plowed. Need anything fixed? He’s got a tool for that and will fix it for you; making it better in the process. Like his carpentry, his fine example of living made many lives better.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland Plante and Marion (Mary Magdalen) Plante, née Herold; and his brothers, Joseph (Bud) Plante and his wife Harriet, and Gregory Plante and his wife Rosemary, and brother-in-law Lloyd Voerding.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Marty; their two daughters, Lisa J. Giefer (Glen) and Renee M. Peterson (Jeff); grandchildren Emma Plante, Adam Giefer, and John Rodriguez. He is also survived by his sister Rolande Voerding, brother Julian Plante, and many cherished nieces and nephews; and of course his cat and loyal lap-warmer Frankie.
Memorials preferred to Sharing & Caring Hands or to the food shelf of your choice
A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s in Taylors Falls, with burial following at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery in Osceola.
Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.