ST. MARYS - Edward H. Wilhelm, 87, of 1169 Windfall Road, St. Marys, died on Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) at Select Specialty Hospital in Erie following a brief illness.
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He was born Jan. 19, 1926, in St. Marys, a son of Edward J. and Anna Breindel Wilhelm. On Sept. 8, 1951, in Force, he married Frances "Babe" Canton Wilhelm, who preceded him in death on March 27, 2011.
Mr. Wilhelm was a member of the St. Marys Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 during World War II. He retired from St. Marys Carbon after many years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening, planting and landscaping. He was very fond of his beloved pets and he also enjoyed music and was able to play many instruments.
Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are a daughter, Denise (Jeffrey) Salter of St. Marys; three sons, Edward D. Judith) Wilhelm of St. Marys, Donald (companion Jane Shuttleworth) Wilhelm of Dagus Mines and Dale (Nancy) Wilhelm of Kersey; eight grandchildren, David (Jill) Wilhelm, Deanna (Brian) Thompson, E.J. (Jennifer) Wilhelm, Brandi Salter, Angelee Herzing and Brittany, Casey and Brent Cousins; seven great-grandchildren Nina, Wyatt, Owen, Haley, Tiaura, Kienna and Mason; and a sister, Doris Florio of St. Marys.
In addition to his parents and his wife of nearly 60 years, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude and LeRoy Wilhelm; and four sisters, Helen Bucheit, Louise Young, Rita Bucheit and Catherine Kreckel.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, O.S.B., pastor of St. Marys Church, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail. Burial will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pinecrest Manor Activity Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Community Nurses Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be placed at www.LynchGreen.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Nov. 8 to Nov. 14, 2012