Betty Jane H. Wilhelm

MENDOTA - Betty Jane H. Wilhelm, 95, of Mendota passed away July 16, 2020 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 24 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Brooklyn with Father Randy Fronek officiating. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling the arrangements.

Betty was born Dec. 25, 1924 in West Brooklyn, the fourth of seven children, to George A. and Sophia (Hoerner) Jones. She married Casper “Casey” F. Wilhelm, Jr. in 1944 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He preceded her in death.

Survivors include one son, Ernest “Ernie” (Patricia Irwin) Wilhelm of Menasha, Wis.; one daughter, Mary (Dan) Wedemeyer of Rockford; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Kurt) Campbell of Evanston, Sarah (Jeremy) Berg of Rockford and Erica (Jason) Linowski of Aurora; four great-grandchildren, Kristine Adams-Wedemeyer and Joshua Berg, both of Rockford and Jayden Linowski and Carter Linowski, both of Aurora; and one sister, Eleanor Dinges of Yorkville.

She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Keith J. Wilhelm; two granddaughters at birth; a grandson at birth; and a grandson, Benjamin Keith Wedemeyer at birth.

Betty lived in West Brooklyn for 91 years. She worked at the Gamble Store in Mendota, Green River Ordinance in Amboy, West Brooklyn Bowling Alley and Casey Wilhelm Trucking for 13 years. She was a dedicated mother and homemaker. She donated two gallons of blood to the Red Cross in Paw Paw. She loved her vegetable garden, grape vines and flower gardens. She was a loyal and faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for 95 years.

Memorials may be directed to Masses or the family.


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