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John F. Arnold

Issue Date: September 26, 2019

John F. Arnold, at age 58 years, of Marinette, passed away on September 19, 2019 in Waukesha.

He was born to the late James S. Arnold, MD and Martha (Hershey) Arnold, MA on June 8, 1961, in San Rafael, California; youngest of eight siblings. John grew up in Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; Kansas City, KS; Twin Rocks, OR; Chicago, IL and Marinette, WI.

He lived at home for most of his life, but as his parents aged, he joined the Edgewood Manor Group Home. Later, he briefly lived with his cousin, Joseph Reines in Menominee, MI, then with his sister, Sara, in Elm Grove, WI, and most recently at the Waukesha, WI CCLS-Madera group home.

John completed his education in the Marinette School District, where he participated in special needs classes that included: reading, art, and training in social skills, piece-work jobs and simple carpentry. Throughout adulthood he worked at Goodwill Industries. He was a diligent worker who hated missing work.

While living in Marinette, John was a member of Holy Family Parish and participated in Masses as an altar server, which was very important to him and in the special needs Religious Education Program at Resurrection Parish. Throughout his life he would faithfully pray at each meal and each night. He was very faithful and an inspiration for many.

John is particularly remembered as polite, loving, and gentle. As the youngest sibling, John was the peacemaker. He insisted upon good behavior by family members. No matter where, John always greeted women by saying "You're a nice lady. I love you".

In adulthood, John spent most of his free time working on latch hook rugs. He meticulously created large and small masterpieces; would you like one? While in school, John liked to draw e.g., Jesus, MASH scenes, Darth Vader and Starship Enterprise. John loved music and his favorites were Grease, We are the World, the Beatles and Christmas music.

He spent many hours playing his drums, singing and dancing. His favorite shows were MASH reruns and the first Star Wars. He participated in the Marinette ARC Special Olympics programs of bowling, track and basketball in local and state-wide competition and was an especially successful bowler.

John enjoyed travel with his family on many cross-country trips and some bus excursions. He also sailed the Caribbean and enjoyed a trip to Hawaii. He visited Disney World where he shepherded his niece and nephew and particularly enjoyed the beautiful princesses!

John was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Christine and brother, James Christopher.

He is survived by siblings: sisters, Janet L. Arnold of San Antonio, TX, Gail C. Arnold, JD of Marinette, Judith Arnold, MD of Racine and Sara (Walter Brummund, MD, PhD) Arnold, MD of Elm Grove and brother, James Michael (Paulette) Arnold, MD of Marinette. He also leaves behind much loved nieces and nephews: Christine's daughter Siobhan Arnold MFA (who was like a sibling to him); Janet's sons: Lloyd A. Barbour, John A. Barbour, Martin P. Barbour, Curt D. Barbour; Gail's son Zachary J. Arnold; Judith's children: Madeleine S. Major, Margaret E. Major and Michael E. Major; Sara's children: Walter (Amelia) Brummund III, JD Dieter P. Brummund, MD and Esther B. Brummund and Michael's sons: James P. Arnold, Lewis Arnold and Russell Arnold.

Visitation and a time of shared memories will take place at Thielen Funeral Home on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at Marinette Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church at 11 a.m. Fr. Celestine Byekwaso will preside. Burial will follow at Forest Home Cemetery. Floral decorations will be donated to the Parish.

Donations will be used as offerings for Masses for the souls of John's family members, living and deceased. Special thanks to the gentle and caring staff of the Waukesha Memorial Hospital, to CCLS-Madera group home's kind staff and supportive fellow residents and to Edgewood Manor.


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