Deacon Peter “Pete” B. Schlette Sr., who was ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 1996, died Feb. 19 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge after a long illness. He was 78.
Deacon Schlette moved into the Diocese of Baton Rouge and served at Immaculate Conception Parish in Denham Springs for 18 years. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard for 21 years.
During his career, he crossed the equator multiple times and traveled to both the North and South Poles. He was a chief radarman and an air traffic controller. Due to his experience, he was the chief petty officer selected for the implementation of the vessel traffic system on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Morgan City and Vicksburg.
Deacon Schlette is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth D. Schlette; three children, Teresa F. Liuzza (Jason), Michael L. Schlette (Michelle) and Joanne S. Danna (Michael); 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 25 at Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs. Interment was at Evergreen Memorial Park with full military honors.