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Irene Arkels

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LEONORE - Mrs. Irene A. (Black) Arkels, 96, of Leonore passed away Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2012, at Heritage Manor in Peru.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Leonore, with the Rev. Charles McCarthy, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Leonore. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mueller Funeral Home in Lostant.

Mrs. Arkels was born on Jan. 2, 1916, in Farmridge, Ill., to Clem and Effie (Mitchell) Black. She married Carlysle Arkels on July 18, 1942, at Sts. Peter and Paul Rectory in Leonore.

She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Leonore.

She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed being outside in her garden or reading.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Larry) Grubar of Oglesby and Patricia Johnson of Chillicothe; two sons, James (Linda) Arkels of Oglesby and Thomas (Joan) Arkels of Peru; a daughter-in-law, Alice Arkels of Peru; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Catherine Poundstone and Vera Rowe of Grand Ridge and Maxine Bennett of Streator; and one brother, Robert Black of Grand Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlysle Arkels in 1995; her oldest son, Joe Arkels in 2004; three sisters; and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Daniel, Joshua and Jed Arkels, Tom and Christopher Calkins and Jesse Johnson.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Leonore for memorial Masses, Tonica Ambulance and Fire Department or to the Leonore Volunteer Fire Department.

The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Dec. 11, 2012
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