Arlene A. Faivre
1930 - 2020
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Arlene A. Faivre

Born: May 26, 1935

Died: November 4, 2020

DEKALB – Arlene Ann Herrmann Faivre, 90, of DeKalb, Illinois, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 4, 2020.

Arlene was born on May 26, 1930 in Waterman, IL, to Alfred and Irene (Hickey) Herrmann. She was the fourth of seven children. Arlene was a 1948 graduate of DeKalb High School. She followed in two of her sisters' footsteps and married a Faivre brother; three Herrmann sisters married three Faivre brothers. Arlene married Donald L. Faivre on January 28, 1950 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a member. Arlene was the loving wife of Don for 65 years before his passing on June 16, 2015.

Arlene had been a member of Catholic Daughters since she was a junior in high school. She was on the St. Mary's Church Funeral Committee, and organized many Catholic Daughters trips. She liked to play cards, loved sports of any kind (high school, college and the pro teams) and enjoyed going out on Friday nights with her friends.

Don and Arlene did extensive traveling, but her final bucket list destination was going to the Holy Land with her granddaughter, Savannah, Father McMarrow and the Newman Church group in 2018.

Arlene was devoted to her faith and family. She is survived by her 10 children, Richard (Linda) Faivre of Polo, Donald J. Faivre and Robert (Vicki) Faivre, both of DeKalb, Suzan (Dave) Peterson of Shabbona, Michael (Paula) Faivre of Polo, Jeff (Trudy) Faivre of Liberty, Pennsylvania, Annette (Al Buhk) Faivre of Cortland, John (Jennifer) Faivre of Batavia, Patricia (Tim) Price of DeKalb and Bryan (Cathy) Faivre of Sycamore; sister, Bernadine Meier of DeKalb; brother-in-law, Charles (Geri) Faivre of DeKalb; sister-in-law, Barbara Herrmann of Sycamore; 29 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; son, Gerald, in infancy; granddaughter, Kari Sue Faivre; three sisters, Janice Faivre, Laverne Faivre, and Marcella Carstedt; and two brothers, Marvin Herrmann and Roland Herrmann.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 6 at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 321 Pine St., DeKalb. The Mass will be available to view on Zoom at: https: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required at both the visitation and funeral Mass. Arlene will be laid to rest at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arlene A. Faivre Memorial Fund, sent to the Faivre family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

Arlene's family wishes to thank Dr. Thakkar and Unity Hospice for their exceptional care.

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Published in The MidWeek News on Nov. 6, 2020.
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November 13, 2020
Mrs. Faivre was Fantastic. She was always kind and supportive after football games, wrestling meets and tournaments, and after Mass on Sundays.

And as the years rolled by, I'd see her on Friday's after Thanksgiving at Camelot Tree Farm. She was just fun to talk to as she would say with a smile "Do you remember . . ." about a big win.

To the Faivers, Hermans and Meiers, may God bless you with comfort and peace.
Joe Traglia
November 11, 2020
Of all the great memories we have of our time in Dekalb, Arlene and her entire clan fill many of them. She has surely seen the face of God.
John & Mary Pat Earl
November 9, 2020
I remember Mrs. Faivre when I was just a kid. She let her children play with us and and play we did. She was a sweet lady!
Margot Burchard
November 9, 2020
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Jean Evans
November 9, 2020
Our sympathies to the entire Faivre Family. We got to know your mother from 8:00 o'clock mass at St. Mary's. A wonderful woman. God Bless you all. Tom and Karen Matya
Tom Matya
November 7, 2020
So blessed to have known such a remarkable,genuine,beautiful woman .May you rest in peace knowing you are loved by so many. Linda Luciani
Linda Luciani
November 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dave and Tara Becker
November 6, 2020
Im so sorry to hear about the loss of such a wounderful lady. I feel so greatful for being lucky enough to have met her.
Beth Lewis
November 6, 2020
Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Your mother was an amazing woman and I know that she will truly be missed.
Chuck & Geri Faivre
November 6, 2020
Condolences to Arlene's family as I remember the good times we had working in St. Mary's kitchen.
Sue Biscan
November 6, 2020
We are so very sorry to loose such an amazing woman. Prayers for all of the Faivre family. Your mom was blessed to spend so much quality time with all of you and you were wonderful care givers. God’s blessings to all of you.
Karla Gaspari
November 6, 2020
Rich and Linda, I am thinking about the first few times I met you. You were just a young, newly married couple who were living north of Polo, IL on Rt 26. So many years have passed and you are grandparents and now I have moved to new towns and states. My Sympathy to you and yours.
Jane Myers Summers
November 6, 2020
My condolences to you all especially Bob I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing
Joe Japuntich
November 5, 2020
When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to Suzan (Dave) Peterson and to the Faivre family
Pete-Donna Peterson
November 5, 2020
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, please accept our most heartfelt condolences. Our prayers goes out to Suzan Peterson and the Faivre Family .
Jim-Carol Rombough
November 5, 2020
Arlene was a wonderful aunt and friend who, along with Uncle Don, mentored us in the early days of raising our family. There were times of fun and games and much noise and happiness, always with so many kiddos, we’d periodically have to take head count. We will miss you but we know you are in a much better place. You lived a full and beautiful life - we will always remember. Joey & Mary Jane
Joseph & Mary Jane Walter
November 5, 2020
to the faivre family: mrs faivre was a wonderful lady.class act! my deepest sympathy to all of you i will always miss seeing and her saying HEY MILLER how you doing! sincerely,paul "adolph" miller
paul miller
November 5, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the Faivre family. The world has lost very sweet lady!
Sue and Jeff Willey
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