OBITUARY

Glenn Berck Wilhelm

June 7, 1920February 18, 2019
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Glenn Berck Wilhelm, 98, of Earlysville, VA entered heaven on February 18, 2019 at Rosewood Village Hollymead, Charlottesvile, VA She was born June 7, 1920 to Alvin R Berck and Lillian Roeder Berck in Hastings, Nebraska. She married Glenn P. Wilhelm in Washington, DC during WWII and in later years they both worked at the Pentagon until retirement.

Surviving Glenn are her children, Marsha Argent, Glenn Wilhelm III and Linda Kassel (John) and grandchildren, Veronica Salisbury (Jerry), Jon Kassel (Katie), Lee Catherine Geitner (Daniel), Jeffrey Wilhelm (Melissa, Tim Kassel (Jennifer), Glenna Pritzlaff (John IV) and Philip Kassel (Holly); and 11 great grandchildren, Wyatt and Lillian Geitner, Sophie and Sasha Kassel, John Henry and Beatrice Kassel, Perrin and Pippa Pritzlaff and Jackson, Penelope and Malcomb Wilhelm.

In addition to the parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings Alvina, Elvira and Lillian, all of Hastings, Nebraska.

A funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019 in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia. Interment in Culpeper National Cemetery (old grounds) will immediately follow the service. Guests will be received at 11:00 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, 3355 State Route 1403, Charlottesville, Virginia 22901 or the Wildlife Center of Virginia, 1800 South Delphine Avenue, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980.

Fond memories and condolences may be offered by visiting clore-english.com. The Wilhelm family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.

  • DONATIONS

  • Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA
  • Wildlife Center of Virginia

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 26, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment Following Funeral Services
REMEMBERING

Glenn Berck Wilhelm

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Jan Kelly Morgan

February 24, 2019

Growing up, the Moms shared carpool duties to get me, Linda Jo, and others to dance classes. Mrs. Wilhelm was the favorite because she took us to the "Five and Dime" store next the dance school in Cherrydale (Arlington) where we could each pick out candy or a toy. I believe the red convertible was a favorite, too; but probably not used to transport we kids. So much love and so many beautiful memories! Our Sympathies and Love to all the family. Janet (Kelly) and Jim Morgan

JoAnne Koehler

February 22, 2019

Grammy, as she was known to the Koehler family as well as her immediate family, was everything a matriarch should be. She kept the family on their toes, pursued life as it was meant to be lived, and expected the same of all those around her. She never allowed herself to be too old to do anything and pursued new activities until her 90’s. My husband and I are fortunate enough to have 3 of her beautiful paintings in our house. They are being kept safe for her great children’s ownership one day. They will be a special reminder of her. Grammy will be missed.

Peter Thompson

February 22, 2019

Glenn was a very active member at our Senior Center in Charlottesville for many many years. She enjoyed fellowship, the arts, lifelong learning and so much more. We always appreciated her ready smile and quick wit and will miss her. Our Center community shares our condolences with her family and friends.
Peter M. Thompson
Executive Director The (Senior) Center

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Biography

Glenn Berck Wilhelm, born in Nebraska in 1920, came to Washington, DC to work as a Government Girl for the Department of Defense during WWII. She met her husband in the Pentagon where fate brought them together as they had the same first name. She Spent the next quarter century in Arlington raising her 3 kids and also continuing her job as a Secretary for Department of Army.

She spent many hours, in addition to raising her family and working, sewing beautiful dresses and recital costumes, wedding and christening gowns for her daughters and granddaughters.

In the later 1970's she and her husband moved to Earlysville and were able to play golf and Lake Monticello happily until he became too ill. Sometime later as a widow, Glenn found new things to engage her talents and joined writing groups and took art classed in which her talent flourished. As a lifetime Animal lover she found time to drive injured wildlife for the SPCA to the Wildlife Center in Weyers Cave.

At the age 70 she became a Tap Dancer and pursued this till she stopped driving at the age 90. Fiercely independent, she still lives at home but credits her love of her church, friends and neighbors, family and perfect strangers as the key to her longevity and ability to seize the day and live well.