Arlene Neff

Arlene Neff
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Arlene K. Neff, nee Speichinger, 86, of Smithton, IL, born May 21, 1929, in Millstadt, IL, died Friday, August 28, 2015, at Legacy Place in Breese, IL.

Mrs. Neff was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, where she was also a member of the Women’s Club and the St. John Quilters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mathias and Cecelia, nee Jacobi, Speichinger; and three brothers, Robert Speichinger, Roy Speichinger, and William Speichinger; and two brothers-in-law, Herbert (Helen) Neff, and Sylvester “Pete” Zoeller.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Anthony “Tony” Neff, whom she married on November 21, 1950;
four sons and a daughter,
Michael (Cindy) Neff of Belleville, IL,
Kathleen (Matt) Yarber of Smithton, IL,
Steven (Lynn) Neff of Treynor, IA,
Richard (Karen) Neff of Belleville, IL,
and Gerald (Susan) Neff of Goshen, OH,
nine grandchildren,
Aaron Neff, Ryan Neff, Sara (Michael) Renneker, Brent Yarber, Kimberly Yarber,
Ethan (Chanelle) Neff, Amanda Neff, Zachary Neff, Andrew Neff;
two step-grandchildren, Steven Fischer and Austin Fischer;
two great-grandchildren, Kayla Renneker and Evan Renneker;
a brother, Leo (Alice) Speichinger of Fairview Heights, IL;
a sister, Marilyn (Orville) Haudrich of Millstadt, IL;
two sisters-in-law, Ruth Speichinger of Millstadt, IL,
and Rita Zoeller of Columbia, IL;
two brothers-in-law, Lorraine “Beanie” (Helen) Neff of New Athens, IL,
and Cyril (Janet) Neff of Swansea, IL;
nieces, nephews, and many friends.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Legacy Place and to Heartland Hospice for their kindnesses shown to Arlene.

Memorials may be made to in the form of Masses, to St. John the Baptist Building Fund, or to Heartland Hospice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Smithton, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL, with Reverend Stan Konieczny officiating.  Burial will follow at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Smithton, IL.

Condolences Left For Arlene Neff

I remember as a child my family visiting with the Neff family. My parents and Tony and Arlene had been friends for many years. My sympathy to the Neff family. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

June Grab Benedick, Belleville, ,

Kathy, may God continue to be with you and your family as you have loving memories of your mom Mrs Neff

Kim Pennington (Kathy co-worker)0, St Louis , MO , 63106

Sending our condolences. We will be thinking & praying for you & your family through these hard times.

Virgil Becker & Family, smithton, il, 62285


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