JEFFREY P. WILHELM, age 75, beloved husband for 53 years of Nancy (nee DiNatale); loving father of James (wife Christina) and Emily Mellenthin (husband Jereme); devoted grandfather of Audrey, Delaney, Arabella, and Phineas; cherished son of the late Alphonse and Dorothy (nee Szmania); dear brother-in-law, uncle, and friend of many.
Jeffrey was born on September 7, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio. He passed away on April 20, 2023. He graduated from Macomber High School in Toledo in 1965 before attending the Cooper School of Art and Kent State University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine art. A veteran of the United States Armed Forces, Jeffrey served in the Army. He enjoyed a long career as a graphic designer, working for American Greetings, Case Western Reserve University, Glidden Coatings and Resins, the Illuminating Company, and First Energy. In 1981, he joined St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church and often volunteered for the parish. Jeffrey was a prolific artist, specializing in abstract expressionist oil paintings. He had a profound love of gardening and spent much time tending to his flowers. When not creating art or tending his garden, he attended his grandchildren’s sporting events and watched motorsports. Jeffrey was devoted to his family and his faith, and spending time with his loved ones brought him untold joy in life. Those who remember him recall his loving, kind, hardworking, and social nature. A “good soul,” Jeffrey’s wit and friendliness live on. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jeffrey’s love of art to fund scholarships for art students (click here to donate to Jeffrey’s Art Student Scholarship Fund Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 26th at St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Church at 10:30am with military honors to follow. Cremation following by DeJohn Crematory. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Jeffrey at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) TUESDAY 3-7PM. To honor his love of gardening, please consider wearing florals. Online obituary, guestbook, and order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com
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