Arlette Franke

Arlette Franke
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Arlette J. Franke, nee Vincent, 90, of Belleville, IL, born July 16, 1926, in Paris, France, died Monday, May 8, 2017, at her residence.

Mrs. Franke retired as a post office clerk, and was a member of the American Postal Workers Union.  She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.

Arlette was preceded in death by her first husband, Blaine Wylie; one son, Joseph Wylie; her parents, Leon L. and Lucienne M., nee Frey, Vincent; a sister, Michelle A. Gaston; a grandson, Jonathan Wylie; and a great-grandson, Gage (in infancy).

Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Ralph T. Franke, whom she married on July 19, 1973;
one son, Blaine T. (Denise) Wylie of Belleville, IL;
two daughters, Jacqueline P. (Stephen) Junker,
and Arlette J. Peters, both of Belleville, IL;
eight grandchildren, Joe Wylie of Belleville, IL,
Jill Wylie of Red Bud, IL,
Becky Karter of Belleville, IL,
Liz Wylie of Belleville, IL,
Cory (Kali) Junker of South Carolina,
Andrew (Tracey) Junker of Nevada,
Nicole (Phil) Berron of Belleville, IL,
Tom (Nikki) Peters of Smithton IL;
fourteen great-grandchildren;
and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017, and from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral procession to leave at 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.  Burial will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in the Civilian Personnel Office, building 50, 201 W Winter St, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819 or Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980, for immediate assistance if required.

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Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. We know that she will always be held and treasured in your hearts and thoughts. Our prayers are with you all!

Len and Maria Berron, Union, MO, 63084

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Arlette. Arlette and Ralph were among the first people to befriend me when I started working at the post office more than 35 years ago.

Arlette and Ralph made working the night shift a little easier as they treated me like family. I enjoyed their company on and off the clock.

My deepest sympathy to Ralph and the entire family.

May Arlette’s memory be eternal.

George Argos

George C. Argos, Belleville, IL, 62223

Sorry to hear of your loss, however, she caused much pain to the families affected by her acts of behavior years ago in order to marry Ralph. So much damage was done to all of the relatives involved. SHAME….

Jim Braun, Belleville, ILL, 62223


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