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Ellen Pesaresi

Obituary of Ellen L Pesaresi

Mass of Christian Burial for Ellen Lou Pesaresi will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village on Monday September 16th at 10 am. Rosary will be held at Bishop King Funeral Home on Sunday, September 15th at 6pm. Friends are invited to visit with the family after the funeral at the Parish Hall and will also be receiving visitors at the family home, 925 Southside from 1 to 4:30 on Sunday.

Mrs. Lou, as she was affectionately known by the community, passed away on September 13th at the Lake Village Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born May 6, 1936 in McGehee, Arkansas the daughter of James and Elizabeth Carpenter. She was united in marriage to Mike Pesaresi Jr. on September 25, 1958 in McGehee, Arkansas.

In her earlier years, she was a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell, where she often eavesdropped on Mike's conversations. However, Mrs. Lou will be remembered by most as seated behind the cash register at Mike's Café, the family business. She greeted customers with a beautiful smile and was always concerned about their families and lives. Although she spent a considerable amount of time there, her first love was being a mother and a homemaker. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Over the years she collected a large library of cookbooks and was continually on the search for something new to cook. The neighborhood enjoyed gathering in Mrs. Lou's kitchen to sample her baked goods. Christmas was a very special time for her to share coconut and chocolate pies with friends and family. Her grandchildren loved visiting her and particularly appreciated her nurturing ways, wit and wisdom.

At family gatherings she was the first to pull out the scrabble board. The grand kids were always ready to challenge her "new" words.

Those of us who knew her well, will always remember her love for fashion. Mrs. Lou was always stylishly dressed with the appropriate accessories and her hair perfectly styled.

After retirement from the café, she attended weekday Mass and enjoyed meeting with the McDonald's crowd. She appreciated the simple pleasures of life. A Hallmark movie and a cup of coffee was a great afternoon for her.

Mrs. Lou was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, The Ladies Altar Society and the Shakespeare Club. One of her greatest joys was singing in the Our Lady of the Lake choir.

She is survived by her spouse of 61 years, Mike Pesaresi Jr., her children and their spouses Mary Ellen (Joey)Greenway, Boydell, Ar, Liz(Freddie) Black, Lake Village, Ar, Michael (Kim) Pesaresi, Monticello, Ar. Six loving grandchildren, John(Natalie) Cannatella, Nina(Adam) Deal, Joseph Greenway, Nathan(Leah) Pesaresi, Olivia Pesaresi, Anna-Marie Pesaresi, and one great grandchild, Elijah Cannatella, siblings, sister Betty Jones and brother Terry Carpenter and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church P O Box 272 Lake Village, AR, or The Food Pantry P O Box 1068, Lake Village, AR.

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