Wilfred J. Wilker

  • Born: September 13, 1930
  • Died: December 21, 2017
  • Location: New Bremen, Ohio

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home

225 W. Monroe Street
New Bremen, OH 45869

Tel. (419) 629-2147

Tribute & Message From The Family

Wilfred J. Wilker age 87
Of New Bremen, died on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 5:05 A.M. at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen. He was born on September 13, 1930 near St. Marys, OH. He was the son of Julius and Gertrude (Kramer) Wilker. On July 24, 1954 he married Ruth F. Grieshop who preceded him in death on April 1, 1998. Surviving him include his children; Marilyn and Nick Pohlman of Russia, OH., Bob and Jackie Wilker of New Bremen, Ron and Deb Wilker of St. Marys, Marge and Ed Doenges of New Bremen, Joan and Mark Balster of Coldwater, Gene and Cindy Wilker of St. Marys, Karen and Dennis Stammen of Coldwater, and Tom and Amy Wilker of New Bremen, thirty six grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings; Martin Wilker of Montezuma, Jerome and Imelda Wilker of New Bremen, Lester Wilker of TN, Charles and Mary Wilker of St. Marys, Gerald and Joann Wilker of Versailles, Carolyn Mangen of Tipp City, and Paul and Diane Wilker of New Haven, IN. Preceding him in death was a granddaughter and his brother Bernard Wilker.
Mr. Wilker was an active member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen and had served as an usher. He was a retired member of the St. Marys Township Fire Dept. and had served for two terms as a St. Marys Township Trustee. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 470 of Coldwater and the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 776 of Lima. Wilfred was a lifetime farmer, a passion he didn't consider a job. He also had been a part owner of the St. Marys Plumbing and Heating and retired in 1992 from Smith-Bougham Mechanical of Lima. He enjoyed playing cards, hunting, both locally and making trips to South Dakota, and enjoyed spending time with his friends from work "Pat the Rat" and Thunder and Lightning.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Fr. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow in the Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery in St. Marys. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 from 3 until 8 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and on Thursday from 9 A.M. until 10 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer at which time the Rosary will be prayed. The family suggests and requests that memorial contributions be made in memory of Wilfred to the Maria Stein Holy Relics Chapel, or to the St. Marys Township Fire Dept. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen, and condolences can be left at the website: www.gilberghartwigfh.com.
Marilyn and Nick Pohlman
Julia and Jeremy Moore
Lauren, Xavier, Eliana, Evan
Jess and Karla Pohlman
Bailey, Sheldon
Emily and Alex Bondoc
Estelle, Simon
Emily and Mark Hemmelgarn
Kensey, Addison, Macy
Melissa and Derek Berning
Luke and Lauren Pohlman
Bob and Jackie Wilker
Ron and Deb Wilker
Isaac and Heather
Alex, Kayley, Noah, Aiden
Matt and Kelly
Rebecca, Roxy, Chloe, Sawyar
Marge and Ed Doenges
Adam and Emily Doenges
Marie and Ben Felver
Michael and Amanda Doenges
Elizabeth and Ryan Guggenbiller
Joan and Mark Balster
Gene and Cindy Wilker
Karen and Dennis Stammen
Tom and Amy Wilker


Condolence & Memory Journal

Prayers to all of the family. He will be missed at Elmwood!

Marsha L. (REM nurse)

Posted by - OH   December 28, 2017

My prayers and sympathy are with Bob and Jackie today. Connie

Posted by Connie Steinbrunner - Celina, OH - Friend   December 28, 2017

Sending prayers to the family. Sorry to here about your Dad.

Posted by Paul Moran - Elizabethtown, KY - Acquaintance   December 27, 2017

Very sorry for your loss. Sending many prayers to the family.

Posted by Kurt & Lesia Arnett - St. Marys, OH - Friend   December 27, 2017

I'm so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Tim and Vivian Kilmer

Posted by Vivian Kilmer - New Bremen, OH - Coworker   December 27, 2017

So Very Sorry for your Loss, Love & Prayers, Therese, Ian, Mike & Grant Oliver.

Posted by Therese Oliver - Harvard, MA - Family   December 27, 2017


Joan, Mark, and Mitch, we are deeply saddened by your loss. We feel so lucky to have gotten to know him through you. He will be greatly missed.
Love the Mays Family

Posted by Marsha Mays - Cincinnati, OH - Family Friend   December 27, 2017

Ron & Tom,

Sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs are surrounding you during this time. Mary Lou

Posted by Mary Lou Bennett - Fort Wayne, IN - Coworker   December 27, 2017

Sincere thoughts and prayers for your Dad and Grandpa. He is at peace with Our Lord--and right where he needs to be. I did not know him personally but believe I did through my many encounters with you, his children and his beautiful grandchildren. May our loving God hold you each close, comfort you in your loss and bring you peace. Blessings and prayers for each of you!
Mrs. Jean Hageman

Posted by Jean Hageman - Botkins, OH   December 23, 2017

My condolences to Charles and Mary Wilker from a friend and former neighbor.

Posted by Sue La Point - Friend   December 22, 2017

My sympathies on the loss of your dad.
I remember the good times your mom and dad, Norm and Dori, Paul and I shared at Coldwater Legion

Posted by Mary Jo Weitzel - Piqua, OH - Friend   December 22, 2017