Otto A. Wilhelm

February 21, 1946June 13, 2014
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WILHELM, Otto A., age 68, passed away June 13 peacefully with his family at his side. Otto was born in Vöcklabruck, Austria to Adam and Rosina Wilhelm. The family immigrated to the United States in July 1955 and settled with fellow Franztaler’s in the Detroit area. Otto served in the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment of the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966, stationed in Germany during the “Cold War”. Many times Otto would refer to how special that time was and the tremendous impact it had on his view of the world. Otto graduated from Wayne State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He had a successful career in banking. After several mergers and acquisitions Otto retired from Bank of America in 2011 as a Vice-President in Commercial Lending.

Otto was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Roseville. He served on the Roseville Planning Commission for over 20 years. Otto volunteered his time to the Boy Scouts of America and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.

Otto is survived by his wife Nancy (nee: Smith); sons, Otto (Melissa) Wilhelm, Jr. and Jesse (Linda) Kriebel; siblings, Theresa Dearhamer, Laura (Bud) Pogue, Peter Wilhelm and Joseph (Christine) Wilhelm; precious grandchildren, Gillian and Meghan Wilhelm; Nathan and Isabelle Kriebel. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Otto was a tremendous role model to all he touched. His knowledge of the world and appreciation for others was inspirational. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all of us. Otto will forever be in our thoughts and in our prayers and we love him dearly.

Friends may visit on Tuesday June 17, 2014 from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. (with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.) at Kaul Funeral Home – 27830 Gratiot Avenue, Roseville. Visitation continues on Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass, 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Gratiot at Utica Road). Memorials in Mr. Wilhelm’s name may be made to the Boy Scouts of America

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  • Visitation Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Visitation at Church Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  • Mass of the Resurrection Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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June 18, 2014

I was sorry to hear of Otto's passing, so many fond memories of us all at MNB Macomb in the 'late '70's and early '80's. Otto was a big part of that bank's success. He always had a wise crack for me, best catcher we had, came to ever game and every party afterwards (with Otto Jr.,)One of the hardest and dedicated workers we had.
He'll be missed by all. my condolences to his family.
Dennis Durocher, Sterling Hts.

Nancy Wilhelm

June 17, 2014

Thanks for the great messages. My heart is broken but I am a better person after spending 18 years with Otto. He cherished all of his friends and family.

Angela Gardner

June 17, 2014

We are very sorry to hear about Otto's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Matt, Angela, Aiden and Alayna Gardner

Larry Casselman

June 16, 2014

A sad & sobering piece of news. I enjoyed working with and knowing Otto during my short time at MNB. He was one of a kind.

Maria Vendramini Muzzin

June 16, 2014

It was with great sadness that I read of Otto's passing…
My family immigrated from Italy in 1954 and we lived across the street (Tuller) from the Wilhelm's. Otto and I had a special connection in our younger years and shared may joys and sorrows of those innocent and sometimes difficult times. I can still remember helping him "fold" newspapers, riding on his handlebars, street-ball, goin' alley pickin', playing hide n' seek in the dark, playing cards in "the tent", and hanging out at the corner party store (Frank's) where he worked (just to be near him!). My childhood is rich with wonderful, unforgettable memories of him that I will forever hold close to my heart. He had an indelible influence in my life.

Blessings to his family-
Maria Vendramini Muzzin

June 16, 2014

My condolences to the family. Otto was a gentle soul who always respected others. I know that he will be greatly missed by you, but he will always be held close in your hearts. Barbara Brodowski Bacarella

kathy Haldane

June 16, 2014

I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of a very special man. Otto and I worked for Michigan National Bank 25+ years ago. He was always a favorite of mine and always took the time to be kind. Please except my deepest condolence. May he rest in eternal peace. Kathy Haldane

Lila Stepehens

June 15, 2014


My thought and prays go out to the family . Otto was one of the best bosses someone could ever have.

Timothy Wolber

June 15, 2014

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my Good Fiend Otto. My condolences and prayers are with Nancy, OJ, Melissa, Jesse and the rest of the family. Otto was one of kind....I first met Otto 30 years ago at Michigan National Bank in the Collection department. What times we had back then. Two things I will always remember is going over to Buddy's Pizza on Saturdays at the end of the month drinking beer and watching our past due customers pull up to the drive thru at the Bank to make payments. Those pitchers lasted for hours and always managed to get the best of us at times. The other one is when I told Otto the Giants were going to pop. Those who know this story I"m sure are smiling now including Otto. You forever touched my heart Otto and you will surely be missed but not forgotten. Until we meet again my friend rest in peace and save me a seat.

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Charley Kase

June 14, 2014

Sooo sorry to hear of Otto's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy, OJ, Melissa and the rest of the family. Wish I could be there to pay my respects, however, I'm still recovering from my hip fractures.

I'll always remember the good times and laughs we had working together at Michigan National and, of course, the numerous times sitting around his kitchen table playing poker and laughing about his 'special' sloppy joes recipe! Come on Otto, just one more hand of showdown! Rest in peace my friend.