Apr 272012

Mabel Rogers Wilhelm passed peacefully from earth life on Sunday, April 22, at her St. Johns residence due natural causes incident to age.

Mabel was born in Snowflake on Oct. 2, 1922, the third of nine children, to John Marcus and Mary Eagar Rogers. She celebrated her 89th birthday last year.

She grew up in Snowflake, graduating from Snowflake High School in 1940. She married Roy Wilhelm of Vernon in 1942. The marriage was later solemnized in the LDS Temple in Mesa. After his World War II service in the Navy, the couple settled in St. Johns, where they devotedly raised a family of seven children.

Mabel became the librarian at the St. Johns Public Library in 1963 and retired 35 years later on Dec. 31, 1998, three weeks after the passing of her sweetheart and husband of 56 years. Throughout her long and productive life Mabel’s interests were reading, puns, quips, and other wordplays, dancing, music, movies, close family gatherings and picnics.

She will be missed by the many relatives and friends who remember her quiet, but sparkling, personality and ready wit from earlier years.

Mabel is survived by three sons, Harvey L. (Molly) Wilhelm of Salt Lake City, John V. (Karen) Wilhelm of Springerville, and Eric W. Wilhelm of St. Johns; four daughters, Victoria L. (Wayne) Jones of Mesa, Shirley A. (Chuck) Jensen of St. Johns, Connie J. Wilhelm of St. Johns, and Julie R. (Carl) Wilkins of St. Johns; 18 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Nyla R. (Rod) DeWitt of Phoenix, Linda (Jim) Anderson of Gilbert, and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harvey G. and E. Virginia Wilhelm of Snowflake.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 30, at the downtown chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in St. Johns, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the services at the St. Johns Westside Cemetery, St. Johns. Burnham Mortuary of St. Johns, handled the arrangements.