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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.