Nellie Wilhelm


PAULDING -- Nellie Leona Wilhelm, 91, Paulding, died Monday, February 18, 2013, at her residence.

She was born August 15, 1921, in Paulding County, Ohio, the daughter of Raymond and Vira (Shrider) Smalley. On June 27, 1944, she married Theodore Wilhelm, who preceded her in death on January 13, 1986. She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, where she was principal and taught CCD. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Little Flower Study Club.

She is survived by four sons, T. Gary (Ann) Wilhelm, Michael Wilhelm and David (Vicki) Wilhelm, all of Paulding, and Dan (Laurie) Wilhelm, Oakwood; three daughters, Rita (John) Daeger and Barbara (Howard) Baska, both of Paulding, and Jeanette (Terry) Prisk of Highland, Michigan; two brothers, Paul (Betty) Smalley and Bob Smalley, both of Antwerp; two sisters, Helen Beck and Lodena Brown, both of Paulding; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Anthony Wilhelm and K. Paul Wilhelm; a grandson, Alex Doster; and a brother, Bill Smalley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, February 22, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Paulding, with Rev. G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Paulding. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, February 21, with a wake service at 7:30 p.m. at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Donations may be made to Masses. Online condolences may be sent to

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