Gloria Wilhelmi, 82, of Watertown and formerly of Gettysburg, died Sept. 5, 2013, at the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System, Watertown.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Sept. 9 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Gettysburg with Father Jerry Kopel, celebrant. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Gloria was born May 18, 1931 to Orman and Pearl (Ritterath) Reynen at her grandmother’s home in Tagus, North Dakota. She grew up in Devils Lake, ND; attending school in Crary, ND, graduating in 1949. She married Rudolph Wilhelmi June 22, 1948 in Crary, ND. After they married, they lived at Crary, ND until 1964 when they moved to Nisland, ND. In 1965, they moved to Agar, SD and in 1972 to Gettysburg, SD. While living in Gettysburg, she worked at Miller’s Clothing until 1980. They then moved to Watertown, SD. In 1981, they began managing apartments for BMI of Fargo, ND until 1986 when they moved to Nebraska and then back to Watertown in 1989. They continued to manage the apartments until Rudy died in 1992. Gloria then returned to Gettysburg in 1993.
Her Catholic faith was very important to her. She was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altar Society and the American Legion Auxiliary. Making crafts, quilting, and doing puzzles were some of her favorite pastimes. Gloria made all the baptismal garments for the church baptisms. She also had a love for animals, especially her two granddogs, Shadoe and Packer.
Gloria will be remembered as a tough woman with a very warm heart.
Happy to have shared in her life are her children: Karren (Larry) Goebel of Gettysburg, Wayne (Mary) Wilhelmi of Sioux Falls, Ranee (friend, Scott) Maeschen of California, Terry Wilhelmi of Rapid City, Judy (Jerry) Simon of Gettysburg, Kim Johnson of Watertown, Rhonda (friend, Randy) Voss of Watertown, and Curtis (Brenda) Wilhelmi of Watertown; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and one sister, Kay (Bud) Mootz of Bismarck, ND.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Terrance Charles; one sister, Cheryl Kiedrowski; and one brother, Gerald Reynen.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg has been entrusted with Gloria’s arrangements. Visit www.familyfuneralhome.net