Delores Wilhelm

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Delores Estella Wilhelm, nee Fries, 90, of Belleville, IL, born October 7, 1926, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Belleville, IL, surrounded by her loving daughters.

Mrs. Wilhelm was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to bake Christmas and Easter cookies.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Quilters and Mother’s Club all at the church. Delores also enjoyed working in her garden, church picnics, and playing bingo.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Meinard N. Wilhelm, whom she married on October 14, 1950 and who died on September 9, 1997; her parents, Elmer H. and Cecelia B., nee Kling, Fries; a sister-in-law, Betty Fries; a sister, Helen I. Fries; in-laws, Roman (Marcella) Wilhelm, Leo (Alice) Wilhelm, Erwin (Delores Wilhelm), Ralph Wilhelm, Joseph Wilhelm, Eunice Wilhelm, Bruce Markwardt, Preston Blake, and Herb Wilhelm.

Surviving are four daughters, Barbara J. (Joseph) Pattberg,
Mary H. (Stephen) Trautt,
Joan M. (Roger) Wegener,
and Jane F. (Anthony) Schindler;
ten grandchildren, Patrick Pattberg, Danny (Ashton) Pattberg,
Adam (Meredith) Trautt, James (Marjie) Trautt,
Thomas (Mandy) Trautt, Brian (Nathalie) Trautt,
Julie (James) Duckworth, Nancy Wegener,
Shelley (Bobby) Chamberlain, and Sarah Schindler;
nine great-grandchildren, Noah, Rory, Colin, Lucas, Beatrice,
Mackenzie, Matilda, Truman and Oscar;
a brother, Paul E. Fries;
and in-laws, Martha (John) Hendrichs, Ruth Wilhelm, Darlene Schaperkoetter,
Sister Janet Marie Wilhelm, Marcel Wilhelm, Rose Markwardt,
Ann (Phil) Sherry and Darlene Wilhelm.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the 3rd and 6th floor staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital for the loving care they provided Mom during her stay. They would also like to thank the staff of Family Hospice for providing Mom her wish of being taken back to her home.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to Family Hospice. ­ ­­­­­­Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  The funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017 from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Christopher Anyanwu, Msgr. William McGhee, and Msgr. John Myler concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Delores E. Wilhelm

I will miss your smile and your long talks, and of course those Christmas Pinwheel cookies and Easter bunnies. To all my sister in laws the 4 Wilhelm girls my deepest sympathy. God Love You

stephen trautt, belleville, il, 62220

Dear Jane and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful, sweet lady. Those of us who have our mothers well into our adult lives are twice blessed.

Mary Fischer, Huntsville, AL, 35803

Dear Mary & Stephen, So sorry to hear the loss of your mother .i do not know your Mom but i can tell lot of her reflecting on you .Baking cooking ,taking care and loving the grandchildren.caring heart .i am so glad to know you Take care .

hoa mensing, belleville, il, 62221

We want to express our sympathy to the family. Delores was a wonderful person. We will keep all you in our prayers.
Howard and Mary Pattberg

Howard & Mary Pattberg, Sulphur Springs, Tx, 75482

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We are keeping all of you in our prayers. We ask God’s blessings upon you to get you through this very difficult time.

John, Mary and Katie Wright, Mascoutah, IL, 62258

To Delores’ family ; I am sorry that I cannot attend the funeral as you know I recently had a knee replacement and am not yet out and about. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Love, Emy

Emily Smith, St. Louis, MO, 63124


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