Cletus Thouvenot

Cletus Thouvenot
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Cletus G. “Clete” Thouvenot, 75, of Swansea, IL, born March 21, 1942, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Thouvenot worked as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service before his retirement.  After retirement, Clete stayed busy, never losing his farm boy work ethic, working in the yard and helping others. He was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  His greatest joy was his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Helen, nee Amann, Thouvenot; two sisters, Arlene (Cecil) Earnhart and Melva Thouvenot; and two brothers, Leon Thouvenot and Kenneth Thouvenot.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jeanette, nee Costanzo, Thouvenot, whom he married May 14, 1966.
two sons and a daughter, Brian (Mary) Thouvenot of St. Louis, MO, Kevin (Teshni) Thouvenot of Swansea, IL, and Lori Thouvenot of Swansea, IL;
six grandchildren, Dr. Chelsea Thouvenot, Camryn Bright, Stephen Thouvenot, Timothy Thouvenot, Nickolas Thouvenot, and Brooklyn Thouvenot;
a great-grandson, Atticus Brakefield;
a sister, Rita (James) Igel of Belleville, IL;
and two sisters-in-law, Lydia Thouvenot of Belleville, IL and Paula Thouvenot of Granite City, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to the staff at Freeburg Care Center for their loving care and compassion during Clete’s time there.

Memorials may be made to the Greater St. Louis Chapter American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 1415 Elbridge Payne Road – Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63107.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Following Cletus’s wishes, anatomical donation to St. Louis University School of Medicine will be accorded.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.


5 Comments on Cletus Thouvenot

James Igel said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 8:07 PM

Dear Jeanette, Brian , Kevin and Lori - please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. It has been quite a while since we last saw all of you, but we have not forgotten. Lots of good memories. I remember on many good occasions joking and talking with your father. He will be missed. Stay strong and please stay in touch. Jim Igel and Family (Rosa, Anthony & Aaron Igel)

  • Newbury Park
  • California
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 10:11 PM

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. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Ruth (wright) Santel said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Jeanette I am sorry to hear of Clete's passing He fought the good fight and you have always been the pillar of strength

  • New Baden
  • Ill
Joyce Brakefield said : Guest Report Jan 16, 2018 at 2:24 PM

You Have our sympathy in the loss of your Grandfather. I know He must have been very proud of you and your accomplishments. God Bless you and your family.

  • Rock Hill
  • SC
Kathy Stern said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2018 at 4:51 PM

Sorry to hear about Clete, now him and my dad can cut grass and fix things in heaven.

  • Edwardsville
  • Illinois

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