Virginia Arterburn

Virginia Arterburn
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Virginia B. Arterburn, nee Howard, 81, of Columbia, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL born December 14, 1933 in East Saint Louis, IL, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Garden Place, Columbia, IL.

Mrs. Arterburn was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville.  She was retired secretary, having worked at Roesch, Inc. in Belleville, however, the three words that best describe Ginny are wife, mom, and grandma.

Welcoming Virginia into heaven are her daughter, Linda Buescher;
her parents, John and Dena, nee Hubert, Howard;
two brothers, John (Delores) Howard
and Hubert Howard;
a sister, Mary (Carl) Varvel;
and a sister-in-law, Vi Howard.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Robert C. Arterburn, whom she married on April 16, 1955;
three sons, Joseph (Loreen) Arterburn of Belleville, IL,
Michael (Berthe) Arterburn of Overland Park, KS,
Andrew (Ann) Arterburn of Waterloo, IL;
four daughters, Teresa (Patrick) Wesselmann of Hastings, MN,
Mary Lu (Tom) Arterburn-Haas of Nashville, IL,
Jeannie (Steve) Willibey of Kansas City, MO,
and Carol (Russell) Galusha of Williamsville, IL;
20 grandchildren, Kathy (John), Joe (Elizabeth), Jenny (Si), Jon (Lynnsey), Chris, Casey Brandon, Nick, Jake, David, Linda, Joshua, Alli, Alec, Zack, Molly, Amy, Emma, Harrison, and Abbey;
11 great-grandchildren, Jack, Anna, Kenna, Brett, Si, Thomas, Trent, Cobain, Katelynn, Jimmy, and Corey;
a brother, Bernard Howard of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Theresa (Don) Fix of Belleville, IL;
a sister-in-law, Dorothy Howard of Belleville, IL;
a son-in-law, Mark (Cheryl) Buescher of Belleville;
two brothers-in-law, Tom (Rita) Arterburn and Don (Pat) Thomas;
and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to our first grandchild, Kathy, for providing her grandparents with constant love and support.
A heartfelt thank you to the Heartland Hospice team, especially Jennifer, Bonnie, and Cheryl, to the caring staff of Garden Place in Columbia, IL, and to Dr. David Walls and his staff of Red Bud, IL.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, or in the form of memorial masses to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating.  Burial will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Virginia Arterburn

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. Bill and Pat

Bill and Pat Biehl, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

Mrs. Arterburn was a fantastic woman. She was a part of my growing up there in Belleville. When I go home, I still miss seeing the Arterburns next door. All my prayers to the family! Melissa.

Melissa Melton Calhoun, Rincon, Georgia, 31326

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Arterburn always had a smile on her face! Her love for her family and Mr. Arterburn wa always apparent! She will be missed!

Jill Melton Kennedy, Jacksonville , Florida, 32225

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your loved one.

Brady and Beth Stewart, Carterville, IL, 62918

Our prayers are with you in your loss of this loved one may God bless and keep you all.Praying for you Bob she was a great lady.

Rev and Mrs Howard Bradshaw, Highland, Il, 62249


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