Josephine Pestka

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December 5, 1924 - August 9, 2020
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Josephine Pestka (nee Zerillo), of St. Peters, Missouri, fortified with Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Sunday, August 9, 2020 at the age of 95. Loving wife of the late Joseph Pestka; beloved daughter of the late Phillip and Virginia Zerillo; devoted mother of Jo Ann (Rick) Chenot and Dennis (Marcy) Pestka; cherished grandmother of Denise (Nick) Rallo, Marc (Lori) Chenot, Angela (Joe) Dartt, and Daniel (Jessica) Pestka; treasured great-grandmother of Nicole, Mia, Sophie, Belle, Amelia, Evelyn, and Caleb; loving aunt, cousin, sister-in-law, and friend to all. Josephine was also preceded in death by four siblings.

Josephine was a member St. Cletus Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Jerome Catholic Church for over 50 years. She enjoyed spending much of her dear free time volunteering. Josephine was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorials may be made in Josephine's name to St. Cletus Catholic Church.

Please view St. Cletus Catholic Church’s website to watch the service live streamed online.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic St. Cletus Catholic Church does require all family members and guests to wear a mask while visiting. Social distancing is required, and guests should stay at least 6 feet apart. Thank you for your understanding.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Joseph, Patricia and Stephen Cohea August 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Pestka’s passing. She was a wonderful woman.
    Please know the Pestka family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Donna Roche August 11, 2020 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Condolences to the Pestka family and my classmate Jo Ann. I remember Mrs. Pestka as a happy and cheerful mom and the beautiful picture in the obituary is reminiscent of how she looked when we were running around Bissell Hills back in the day.
    Donna Wichmann Roche
    St. Jerome, class of 1964

  3. Kammye Gillette August 11, 2020 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    My sincere sympathy to JoAnn and family. Your mom was a gem. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Erin Brewer August 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    JoAnn, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was a beautiful lady who never ceased to have the biggest smile. It always made my night brighter when we were at the same mass together. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Sheri Menscher August 12, 2020 at 11:32 am - Reply

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll remember your Mom as a devoted Bingo player. She always wanted a card with 5 as that was her lucky number and most of the time when I helped with Bingo at McClay she won! I pray that time heals your sorrow and your remember all the joy and fun you had with her. Brian’s sister

  6. Cheryl Apenbrink August 14, 2020 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Jo Ann and family, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was such a sweet lady. I’ll remember her always waving and saying “hi Bill” to my dad at McClay. And he would then wave back to her and return the “hi”. They were frequently seen with others sitting by the fireplace in the lobby or by the TV in the common area with their jackets and blankets to keep warm at McClay. Jo will truly be missed. Hope you remember all the good times you had with her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. (Bill Apenbrink’s daughter)

  7. Cyndi Deinowski Cameron August 15, 2020 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely lady.

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