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Mary E. Wilhelm 1921 - 2012

POSTED January 23, 2012 6:40 p.m.

Mary E. Wilhelm, 90, died Jan. 20 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1921 in rural Lewis, she was the daughter of Ralph and Grace (Atkins) Corzine. She graduated from Garfield High School and attended Fort Hays State University. On Sept. 26, 1946 she married Velmer A. Wilhelm in Garfield. He died on June 24, 1987. A resident of Great Bend since 1990, coming from the farm in Timken, she was a farm wife, homemaker, taught school, retail clerk, telephone operator and election board worker. She loved music, singing and dancing. She led "Sing Along with Mary" a weekly time of singing at the Sterling House. She also was coordinator for the Christmas Eve programs at both the Albert Methodist Church and King Memorial Methodist Church.

Mrs. Wilhelm had been a member of the Albert Methodist Church until closing and then joined King Memorial United Methodist Church in Great Bend. She was a member of the U.M.W. and taught Sunday School, the Coterie Club, Garfield Merry Matrons (EHU), Silver and Gold Club, Joy Club and Great Bend Community Concert Association, and the High Rise Kitchen Band. She was involved in various community/church choirs in Barton and Rush Counties and participated in the local Senior Center Fashion Review.

Survivors include: a son, Gary L. Wilhelm of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, JoAnn Smith and husband David of Great Bend and Carol Jones and husband Ed of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Wilma Vanover of San Diego, Calif.; a brother-in-law, LoRay Wilhelm and wife Kathy of Hutchinson; a sister-in-law, Velda Davis and husband Bill of Lancaster, Calif.; six grandchildren, Amy St. Luce and husband Lorenzo; Aaron Wilhelm and wife Suzie; Kelly Jones, Kristi Drewel and husband Tommy, Andrew Jones and Allison Jones; and nine great-grandchildren, Lorenzo St. Luce, Gabrielle St. Luce, Jackson Wilhelm, Marcus Wilhelm, Braden Jones, Riley Jones, Hanah Jones, Mackenzie Drewel and Madison Drewel. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Maudie Cooley, Mae Meckfessel; and a son-in-law Jim L. Bilyew.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Bryant Funeral Home in Great Bend with Pastor Scott Tempero officiating. Burial will be at the Albert cemetery. Friends may visit from 1 to 9 p.m. today, with family receiving friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the King Memorial Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at


Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home**

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, KS 67530

Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Jan. 24, 2012


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