OBITUARY

Alfred L. Plante

July 15, 1938May 19, 2019
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Alfred Laurie Plante, age 80, passed away May 19, 2019, following complications from Alzheimer’s. Al was born July 15, 1938 to Emil and Tyne Plante in Cloquet, MN. On June 13, 1959, he married Mary Joan Luke, the love of his life and soulmate. Al managed the shoe department at Johnson Company in Cloquet until August of 1969, when they moved to Colorado Springs, where he was employed by Vorhes Shoes. During his working years he managed various retail stores including several Goodwill outlets. He also spent many years working at the Dog Track. In his spare time he worked in his shop in the backyard fixing and refinishing pieces of furniture and building new items. Al was an active member of Divine Redeemer Catholic Church for 50 years and a past member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved bowling and fishing, his wife, children and grandchildren.

After retirement he and Mary enjoyed biking and golfing. Their winter months were spent in Mesa, AZ where they met many new friends at Mesa Dunes, now Agave Village. Al was the quiet soul who maintained you learned more by listening than talking. He is survived by his wife May, his two sons, Philip (Eva) and Christopher (Rochelle) and two daughters, Stephanie Swanson (Joel) and Susan Baker (Craig), all of Colorado Springs; and six grandchildren, Matt Swanson of Port Orchard, WA, Corey Plante, Timothy Swanson, Alexa Plante, Megan Plante and Savana Baker, all of Colorado Springs; sister Betty Lou Milberger(Bob) of Spirit Lake, IA, and Bruce Plante (Sandy) of Duluth, MN.

Al is predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Howard and Kenneth, two sisters, Evelyn and Mary, and grandson, Coltin Plante.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al’s name to Divine Redeemer Church (Elevator Fund), 926 Farragut Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909 or Alzheimer’s Assn of Colorado Springs, 2315 Bott Ave., Colorado Springs, 80904.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 25, 2019. Reception will immediately follow.

Many thanks go out to the wonderful, caring individuals at Retreat at Sunny Vista for their tender care of our Al. He was a special guy.

Services

  • Memorial Mass Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Michael Danielson

May 29, 2019

Condolences Mary from friends Michael and Sandra Danielson in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, formerly at Lot 28 Mesa Dunes.

Dan Luke

May 26, 2019

I remember being a kid going to Dairy Queen with my sister Mary and her boyfriend Al in a 57 Chevy.
I thought my sister was the coolest. She had a boyfriend with a nice car and could get ice cream whenever she wanted.

Michelle Plante

May 26, 2019

Dearest Aunt Mary, how heavy is my heart for you. The love between you was a beautiful and radiating energy. Know that I am thinking of you. My best memory of Uncle Al comes from 1968 when my Aunt Dixie was getting married! My sis Dawn and I went to Johnson Company to find dress shoes and Uncle Al helped measure my feet, try on the shoes, and make sure they were comfortable. He was so kind, gental and sweet to us.

Don & Roberta Nielson

May 26, 2019

We will always remember Al as a very polite man of few words, and quick whit. He was a very ardent golfer who enjoyed the game and was always a pleasure to be around. He will always be remembered as a special friend. He was one of the best. May God watch over him.

Scot Milberger

May 24, 2019

I remember years ago visiting our Uncle Al and Aunt Mary. We came from Casper and my brother Bret came up from "Little Russia, Tx." Al wasn't feeling good so he was in bed that evening. Bret and I zealously celebrated our reunion drinking Al's bottle. In the morning, as per Al's ritual, he went to have his morning shot and dance his jig, only to find the bottle totally gone! He was glad he never came down, as the laughter and loud conversation lasted till early a.m. as he was laying awake listening. He reminded us every time we were together that we drank his bottle. Here's a toast to our Uncle Al!

Kristi Gawne

May 23, 2019

Susan,
I remember you and I living together on Foot Street in 1991 and your dad came over and helped you hang blinds in your bedroom and fix things. I also remember him making you some furniture. I never had a dad growing up and I remember how special it was to see your relationship with your dad. Savor the special memories of him!
Xoxoxoxoxo

Brian & Corrinne Dennis

May 23, 2019

We will fondly remember Al Plante for his quick whit and for being the strong silent type. Many happy hours spent in Mesa,AZ with our “AZ family”.

It was always enjoyable to sit next to Al and hear his “take” on the conversation and especially enjoyed many rounds of golf.

One of our fondest memories of Al would be after he hadn’t seen us for the summer and he looked up and said “Oh it’s you”, with a twinkle in his eye we knew he remembered us. Rest In Peace Al, you will not be forgotten.

Brian and Corrinne Dennis
Watrous,Saskatchewan,Canada

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