Gene L. Piché, 95, was born Dec. 13, 1927, and died Oct. 7, 2023.

Gene’s deep Minnesota roots date back to a voyageur forbear who wintered over on the rivière St. Pierre (Minnesota) in 1803 and 1804, and to Swedish immigrant grandparents, part of the exodus from Småland, who cleared the land to make a farmstead near Almelund in Chisago County.

Gene graduated from Mankato High School in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the US Navy, serving until 1949. He graduated from Macalester College, where he met Helen. They married in 1953 and Gene began teaching at Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville.

Gene received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1967 and accepted a joint appointment there to the faculties of the Department of Speech Communication and the Program in English education. He taught until his retirement in 1992.

Gene divided his time between his lake home in Itasca County and his home, garden and woodworking shop in Falcon Heights.

He was preceded in death by parents Maurice Piché and Eleanor (Peterson) Piché and granddaughter-in-law Claire Kelly Jansen. Survivors are wife of 70 years, Helen (Bergstrom); daughters Laura Piché of Livonia, N.Y. and Michelle Jansen (Joe) of St. Paul; and three grandchildren.

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