Wilhelm, Charleen K.
January 15, 1937 – April 7, 2018
Charleen was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Leslie and Mary Leaverton on January 15, 1937. They later moved to Pocahontas, Iowa where Charleen was active in high school activities and was a lifeguard at the Pocahontas City swimming pool. After graduation from High School in 1954, Charleen attended Iowa Teacher’s College and then moved to Chicago where she was employed by North Central Airlines. Later, while working as a telephone switch operator in California, she met her soon-to-be-husband, Air Force 2nd Lt. Dave Wilhelm. They were married on May 19, 1958 and started their Air Force career together. They were stationed throughout the U.S. and loved their tour in Germany where the family was able to travel throughout Europe. They settled in Omaha, Nebraska in December of 1973. In addition to taking care of the family and being an Air Force spouse, Charleen found time and energy to be a Boy and Girl Scout leader, learned to paint, and hosted her own radio program for a military base radio station as well as being an Avon Lady for 25 years. Charleen was active at St. Bernadette parish for many years in a variety of roles, including lector, lay eucharistic minister, Liturgy Committee and Altar Society. She was also a long-time volunteer at the Omaha Playhouse and a docent at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha. A lover of her family genealogy, Charleen was a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Charleen worked for Mutual Protective Medico Life Insurance company as their receptionist for 20 years. Charleen and Dave were avid supporters and Booster Club members of Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School along with the Marianist Society. Charleen and Dave were annual “snowbirds” in Mesa, AZ and loved to visit long-time friends from the Air Force, Pocahontas, and their winter park community.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Mary Leaverton. She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Dave Wilhelm; daughters: Yvonne Schilz, Barbara Wilhelm, and Karin Wilhelm; sons: John (Kathy), Phillip, and Andrew (Jill); grandchildren: Dr. Kelsey Wilhelm, Michael Wilhelm (Gabby), Christian Cook, and Sarah Wilhelm.
VIGIL SERVICE: Sunday, April 15th at 7pm at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., with family receiving friends from 5pm to 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Monday, April 16th, 11am at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 7600 South 42nd Street, Bellevue, NE. Private Inurnment at a later date: Omaha National Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Wilhelm Family Endowment at Gross Catholic High School and St. Bernadette Catholic Church.