Reta Wilhelm

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Reta Jonell Wilhelm, nee Radford, 85, of Belleville, IL, born March 18, 1938, in Davenport, IA, died Saturday, March 16, 2024, at Anderson Hospital, Maryville, IL.

Reta accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior early in her life and was born again. She was an active member in her church in the past and was part of the Prison Ministries. Reta lived a Romans 8 life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick K. Wilhelm, who died July 15, 1986; her parents, Charles W. and Minnie, nee Rogers, Radford; a great-granddaughter, Gianna Riester; a sister, Valeria Hawkins; and a brother, Charles W. Radford.

Reta is survived by two sons, Mark (Angie) Riester and Matthew (Becky) Riester;
two grandchildren, Joshua Riester and Amanda (Ben) Wallace;
three great-grandchildren, Khloe and Lucy Riester, and Jude Wallace;
a sister, Anita Goul;
nieces and nephews;
and a special friend, Kathy Lugge.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2024, at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Terry Crownover officiating.


2 Comments on Reta Wilhelm

Shawn Shepherd said : Guest Report Mar 20, 2024 at 9:48 AM

No matter how old I am, you will always be my Jojo. You have loved me, supported me, and guided me my entire life. I will never forget the times you would sit and braid my hair as a child. How you made my birthday dinner because your sister was too sick and you felt it was important to still celebrate my day.I'll miss all the hugs and kisses you never failed to give coming and going. "What's New Pussycat" by Tom Jones will always bring a smile to my face because of our car karaoke. Cracker Barret will always be where we laughed and talked for hours. You never failed to share family history with me and I thank you for that. I will miss our phone conversations that lasted until your phone battery died. I will always want to call you and tell you the latest about my children. But I know how very much you have missed the love of your life, my Uncle Fred. I know you were both overjoyed to be together again! I can actually see the two of you dancing and laughing as you shared your 1st Heavenly Birthday together. Thank you for being my Jojo for without you life would have been extremely boring. I love you, Jojo, and I always will! ♥️

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Rev. & Mrs. Terry Crownover said : Guest Report Mar 19, 2024 at 1:33 PM

We share in the sorrow of the loss of Reta Wilhelm. Yet, we rejoice she is with the Lord without any suffering. She is with her dear husband Fred. She touched many lives. We will miss her. We are better for knowing her. We are praying for her family and those who knew Reta. We point all to trust Jesus as Lord and Savior as did Reta. Rich blessings on all who cared for Reta over the years during her times of need.

  • Belleville
  • IL

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