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Lester H. Wilhelm

September 14, 1947 ~ April 21, 2022 (age 74)


Lester H. Wilhelm
September 14,1947 - April 21, 2022

     Lester Howard Wilhelm, age 74, of St. Marys, Ohio, formerly of Custar, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
   Lester was born to Howard and Marymae (Slatts) Wilhelm and they predeceased him.  On May 22, 1971 he married Rita Eileen "Neil" Neiling and she survives.
   Lester attended Westwood High School and spent 30 years of his life working at General Motors Powertrain, Defiance Ohio. Retiring at age 52.  In 2015 (after his wife retired) they moved to St. Marys, Ohio to be closer to their daughter and family.
   Lester is survived by his wife, Rita Eileen "Neil" Wilhelm; daughter, Danielle (Frank) Moeller and his four grandchildren, Makenzie, Charlotte, Jude and Hazel; his brothers, Robert (Judy); Bruce (Deb Boyce); sisters, Barbara (Mike) Meyers; Patricia (Steve) Reynolds; Joyce Wilhelm; Sharon Wilhelm (Mike Sulser); In-laws, Robert & Jan Neiling; Karl Neiling; Larry and Janet Sattler; Teresa and Dale Weber; Sue and Jim Flowers; Mary and Mike Schriner; David and Carol Neiling; Jill and Kevin Sautter.
   In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Jim Gustwiller and brothers Roy and Ronald.
   A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April, 25, 2022 at St. Louis Catholic Church, Custar Ohio with Fr. Walter Tuscano officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
   Friends and family will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Feehan Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, Ohio and 10-11 a.m., Monday prior to the mass at the church.
   Memorial contributions may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church, Grand Lake Hospice, ALS foundation or an organization of the donors choice.
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April 24, 2022

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Feehan-Rodenberger Funeral Home
133 East Maple Street
Deshler, OH 43516

April 25, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Louis Catholic Church
22792 Defiance Pike
Custar, OH 43511

Mass of Christian Burial
April 25, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Louis Catholic Cemetery
State Route 281
Custar, OH 43516


Donor's Choice

St. Louis Catholic Church
22792 State Route 281, Custar OH 43511
Tel: 1-419-669-1864

Grand Lake Hospice
200 St. Clair Street, 200 St. Clair Street OH 45885-2400
Tel: 1-877-564-6897

The ALS Association
6133 Rockside Road, Suite 301, Independence OH 44131
Tel: 1-781-255-8884

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