Mary Ellen Wilhelm lost her courageous fight with breast cancer Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Mary was born November 19, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Northern Illinois University, graduating in 1972 with a Bachelors of Science in Education. Mary had many interests including antiquing, refurbishing furniture and theology.
Having given her life to Jesus Christ, Mary volunteered her time at several local churches. She spent many years teaching 4th Grade CCD at St. Patrick’s of McHenry. Mary’s faith also led her to remain active in the church, serving as a both a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Earl Wilhelm of McHenry; her two beloved children, John Wilhelm of Lake in the Hills and Peter Wilhelm of McHenry; three sisters: Cynthia Bonner of Frisco, Texas, Suzanne Wiora of Oregon City, Oregon, and Jackie Swift of Ithaca, New York; and her mother, Verna Wiora of Frisco, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her loving father, Benedict Wiora, of Frisco, Texas.
Mary passed away peacefully on All Saints Day, and is enjoying eternal salvation in the presence of Christ. Her message in death was the same as in life: the Blood of Christ is the true path to salvation.
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 5, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, Illinois.
A funeral mass will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 6th at St. Patrick Church of Hartland, 15012 St. Patrick Road, Woodstock, ILL. 60098.
Interment will immediately follow at the Hartland Cemetery.
Please help the fight against breast cancer by sending a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. P.O. Box 769 Hillside, IL 60162.
For information, call Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, at 815-385-2400 or send the family an on-line condolence at www.justenfh.com.