Arnie graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School, St. Henry’s Seminary, and Saint Louis University, with a degree in education. He went on to teach at Cahokia High School for 33 years, coaching girls softball and volleyball for many of those years. He retired in 2001, but his love for the system kept him mentoring new teachers for two more years. In 1978, Arnie became a proud dad to Kimberly and in 1990, he married his friend and partner in life, Judy.
After retiring, he spent time doing what he most enjoyed, fishing on his pontoon boat at Table Rock Lake, golfing with his golfing buddies (of which there were many), and playing euchre and pinochle with his wife and great friends.
Arnie’s death is extremely sad, happened suddenly and much too soon. He couldn’t say goodbye to so many friends and family members, so if he could, he would have said, “Goodbye and thanks for the great memories!”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille, nee Schaefer, and Arnold Kinsella; and a brother-in-law, Art Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Judy Kinsella, whom he married in 1990; a daughter, Kim (Blake) Evans; step-sons, Brett (Laura) Kessler, Brian (Kathleen) Kessler; a sister, Margaret Johnson; five grandchildren, Millie, Ellory, and Jett Evans, and Madi and Morgan Kessler; and three nieces, Yvonne, Tina, and Dee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL with Fr. Godfrey Mullen, OSB, officiating.
Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.