Arlene "Arkie" Quitmeyer Gustafson, 92, of Highland, Ill., born Jan. 22, 1924, in Carlyle, Ill., died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Highland Health Care Center in Highland, Ill.
Arkie was a devoted mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. She followed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as much as she could. Arkie loved squeezes and hugs whenever she could get them. She enjoyed embroidering, needlepoint and playing solitaire.
On June 27, 1942, she married Delmar Quitmeyer, this marriage ended in divorce in 1951. She married Paul Gustafson on August 23, 1957 and he preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Louisa, nee Steffens, Wiese; her first husband, Delmar Quitmeyer; son, Don Quitmeyer, in infancy; granddaughter, Abbey Quitmeyer; and brothers and sisters, Lester Wiese, Harold Wiese, Elvin Wiese, Gladys Hug, Laverna Ammann, Eleanor Bircher.
Surviving are her son, Neal (Kathy) Quitmeyer, Highland, Ill.; grandchildren, Mindy (Nick) Brown, and Kevin (Abby) Quitmeyer; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Ashlyn, Madison Fenton, Hayden and Wayde Quitmeyer, and Avery Arrington; sister-in-law, Gloria Sanders; godchild, Debi (Alan) Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Abbey Quitmeyer Scholarship Fund.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services ill be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2016, at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, Ill., with Rev. Father Pat Jakel, Pastor, St. Paul Catholic Church, Highland, Ill., officiating. Interment will be in Highland City Cemetery, Highland, Ill.
MERIDITH FUNERAL HOME, Highland, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 10, 2016