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John Plante

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John Patrick Orteig Plante died Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014, age 59, of complications from heart surgery. Known as "Patrick," he was a chef, party planner, promoter, television host, raconteur and bon vivant. Born in Bronxville, N.Y. he was the son of Barbara Barnes Orteig and her then husband Jules Otreig, who died when Patrick was five. Patrick and his three brothers were adopted by her second husband, CBS News Correspondent Bill Plante. Patrick was raised in Glenview, IL, and studied at the City College of Santa Barbara in California. He served as chef and maitre'd for a variety of people, from Alice Cooper to the Phipps Family of Palm Beach. He also lived and worked in Martha's Vineyard, Aspen and Palm Beach. Among his many ventures, he played the straight man in the Aspen Grassroots TV program, "The Uncle Fergie Show," promoted male supermodels and worked with Chicago socialite Sugar Rautbord. He is survived by his stepfather, Bill Plante, his brothers Michael, Daniel, Christopher, Brian and David. Visitation will be Friday, March 7th, 4-8PM at the Donnellan Funeral Home, Skokie, IL. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, March 8th at 10 AM at Sacred Heart Church, Winnetka, IL.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Mar. 4, 2014
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