Arlene DeMestri

Arlene DeMestri
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Arlene C. DeMestri, nee Houba, 86, of Belleville, IL, born August 12, 1930, in Glen Carbon, IL, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. DeMestri worked as a secretary for 20 years for Mobil Oil and 20 years as supervisor for District #118.  Arlene was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Antoinette, nee Kubelka, Houba, and her brother Al Houba.

Surviving are her husband, Bill N. DeMestri, whom she married June 11, 1955;
a daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Heidorn of Belleville, IL;
two grandchildren, Jeffrey W. and Jessica A. Heidorn both of Belleville, IL;
a sister-in-law, Carol Houba of Hecker, IL;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

The DeMestri family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Arlene’s “sister” at heart, Peggy Tourville, and to the staff at Hospice of Southern Illinois, nurse Cathie, and caregivers Joanne, Joanna, Denise and Chris for their loving care and support.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, November 4, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday November 5, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Linda Reynolds officiating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences Left For Arlene DeMestri

So sorry to read of Arlene’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories.

Gary Hopfinger, Lake Placid, FL, 33852

Dear Bill and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a sunny presence she was in many lives.
May God and your loved ones comfort you at this difficult time.
Lynn Venhaus

Lynn Venhaus, St. Louis, MO, 63104

Dear Bill & Family,

Allison and I wish to express our sorrow over Arlene’s passing. She was a very nice and warm lady. Bill, please accept our condolences and sorrow. We could not get to the wake or funeral but we know Arlene is looking down at you and the family with love in her heart. If there is anything I can do for you, Bill, please let me know. Gary…

Gary & Allison Berkley, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

Bill I am sorry to hear about Arlene’s passing. I remember the many awesome vacations Donna,Mom Dad and myself took with you and her. So many great times!!! Love Mary Jane

Mary Isselhardt Keim Simmons, Manning, SC, 29102


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