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Ardell "Art" Reno
Ardell E. "Art" Reno, 81, of Belleville, Ill., born Jan. 11, 1924, in Shiloh Valley Township, Ill., died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill., surrounded by his loved ones.
Mr. Reno was a petroleum salesman for St. Clair Service Company for 17 years. He was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Catholic Fraternal Life. Mr. Reno was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Aleutian Islands.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Esther Lee C., nee Mueller, Reno, whom he married Oct. 30, 1947, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Shiloh, Ill., and who died Dec. 21, 2003; his parents, Eugene and Flora, nee Rasp, Reno; three sisters, Virginia Biver, Leona Kurtz, and Anne Reno, in infancy; three brothers, Melvin "DeDe" Reno, Ralph Reno, and Marvin Reno, in infancy; and three brothers-in-law, Clem Biver, George Kurtz, and Melvin Mueller.
He is survived by his children, Gail (Terry) Kostel of Belleville, Ill., Kay (David) Obernuefemann of Fairview Heights, Ill., Curt (Sherri) Reno of Belleville, Ill., and Lane (Sandy) Reno of Wildwood, Mo.; six grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren Kostel, Tricia (Brad) Wallin, Garrett Reno, and Michael and Sarah Reno; three great-grandchildren, Collin and Kyle Wallin and Haley Kostel; two sisters, Florine (C. Shelton) Whobrey and Mary (Erv) Rettinghouse; two sisters-in-law, Nathalie Reno and Marguerite Mueller; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Vivian) Mueller and Allen (Evelyn) Mueller; several nieces and nephews; a special friend and companion, Sandy Purdy; and many close friends.
Art was an avid card player. He loved sports and especially enjoyed cutting stumps with his brother-in-law, Allen Mueller. Those who didn't have the good fortune to know Art have no idea what a truly wonderful man he was and how much he enjoyed people and life. His sense of humor and hearty laugh will be fondly remembered, and he will be sadly missed by his children, his family, and his friends.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Teresa Catholic Church Memorial Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Monsignor William Hitpas and Father James Thomas concelebrating. Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2005
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