Patricia Lu (Urschel) Wilhelm
Patricia Lu (Urschel) Wilhelm
VAN WERT, Ohio — Patricia Lu (Urschel) Wilhelm, 93, of Van Wert, died at 9:57 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice.

She was born to the late Lucile (Roby) and Joe Urschel on Feb. 26, 1926, in Wabash, Indiana, and was raised in North Manchester, Indiana.

Pat graduated from North Manchester High School in 1944 and later married Robert L. Wilhelm on June 8, 1947. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1991.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, T.W.I.G. IV, Van Wert Garden Club, Wassenberg Art Center, the former Van Wert Woman’s Club, a longtime member of the Women’s Republican Club and was a member of many different bridge clubs. Pat was a former board member of the Van Wert Y.M.C.A., a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and an avid golfer and member of the Willow Bend Country Club.

Pat is survived by her three children, Kathy (Charles) Steele of Van Wert, Patricia (Burt) Mattice of Duncan, South Carolina, and John (Mary Jo) Wilhelm of Van Wert; grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve) Trittschuh, Suzanne (Jeff) Kallas, Jonathan (Rachel) Steele, Sara (Joel) Hinton, Stephanie (Stephen) Leap, Matthew (Toshia) Wilhelm, and Betsy (Jake) Hamman; great-grandchildren, Madison, Robbie, Katie, Megan, Rowan, Julian, Emmeline, Grady, Ellason, Ellie, Kyah, and Rhett; and her first great-great-grandchild due in July. She was a devoted mother, G Pat and Pat Pat to her family. Pat is also survived by a special friend and caregiver, Brook Ainsworth.

In addition to her parents and husband, Robert, Pat was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Jody (Don) Frantz.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with burial to immediately follow in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, Ohio.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the T.W.I.G. organization.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Community Health Professionals Van Wert Inpatient Hospice. The closing of this facility will be a major loss to the community.