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Joseph A. Wilhelm

Lexington

Joseph A. Wilhelm, age 97, passed away peacefully at home on March 18, 2014, after a lengthy illness with cancer. He was born in Wyandotte to John and Elizabeth (Youngable) Wilhelm.

Joseph is survived by his wife Judy (Budd) Wilhelm; a son Kenneth (Lynn) Wilhelm; two grandchildren, Karen and Joseph; three step grandchildren; one great grandchild; two step-sons David and Roger Budd; brother George; and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Alexandra (Sandy) Goralczyk, a sister Helen and brothers Frank and John.

Joe served as a Civilian Engineer with the Army Ordinance Dept. during WWII. After the war he co-founded Fraser Reel and Specialty Co., later known as Fraser Mfg. Corp, moving business and family to Lexington in 1950. He was active in Village government for many years as councilman and mayor, and was instrumental in obtaining government support and funding for many programs, including the harbor and the village paving project. He served over 30 years on the board of Eastern Michigan Bank (formerly State Bank of Croswell), ending his tenure as Chairman for many years. He was a former member of the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus, as well as many professional organizations. He was an early graduate of Lawrence Institute of Technology.

Visitation will be 2 - 9 PM Friday and 9:30 - 10:30 AM Saturday at the Pomeroy Funeral Home, Lexington. Rosary will be 4 PM Friday.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at Ave Maria Parish, St. Denis Catholic Church, Lexington. Fr. Donald Eppenbrock will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Denis Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Water Hospice and the Wish Foundation.



Published in The Times Herald from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2014
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