Thomas Arterburn

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Thomas “Tom” Joseph Arterburn, 91, of Belleville, IL, born August 8, 1927, in East St. Louis, IL, died Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Mercy Rehab and Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Tom retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad after working over 40 years. He was a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Tom was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a Korean War U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph E. and Lula, nee Padgett, Arterburn; and two brothers, Donald Thomas and Richard Arterburn.

Surviving are his loving wife, Mary Rita, nee Nolan, Arterburn;
his son, Thomas R. (Adriana) Arterburn;
two grandchildren, Katie and Patrick Arterburn;
a brother, Robert Arterburn;
a sister-in-law, Pat Thomas;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Catholic Urban Program. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

There will be no visitation.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



3 Comments on Thomas Arterburn

KImberly G Ballard said : Guest Report Jul 18, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Tom was a wonderful man. Us girls at the Schnucks Deli miss him very much .

  • belleville
  • IL
Darlene and George Fritzinger said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2019 at 6:19 PM

Dear Rita, Please accept our sincere sympathy at the loss of Tom. We are so sorry we will be unable to attend the mass due to a schedule conflict. We have fond memories of times we spent together. God bless you and comfort you. I will call you in a week or so. Love and prayers. George and Darlene

  • Belleville
  • Il
ivan kohlmeier said : Guest Report Jul 08, 2019 at 1:38 PM

Please except our sympathy for the loss of our friend Tom. You were great neighbors and Ivan always loved taking to Tom.We will miss him.God Bless,Judy and Ivan Kohlmeier

  • swansea
  • illinois

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