Wilhelm of Clear Lake, Indiana, passed away peacefully in her sleep on May
Nancy will be
remembered as a dedicated educator, an involved mother and a devoted wife
who enjoyed gardening, sailing and nature.
Nancy was born on
July 30, 1936 in Fayette, Ohio, to Richard and Senora Hadley.
She grew up in
LaGrange, IN, and graduated from DePauw University with a K-12 teaching
license in art and home economics. She taught at Homewood- Flossmoor,
Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools in Illinois.
While at DePauw,
she met John Wilhelm, her love for 60 years. After their marriage in 1959,
they raised their family in Northbrook, Illinois, and later moved to Dune
Acres, Indiana. She was the mother to her two sons, Steven (wife Rosalyn) of
Dallas, Texas and Randy (wife Liza) of West Chester, Ohio. Nancy was a proud
grandmother to eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Nancy worked with
John and served for 17 years as Office Manager for their Financial Planning
business in Merrillville, Indiana, where she would go to great lengths to
assure their clients had every need met.
She loved a pretty
party and she would work diligently to plan and execute the perfect
gatherings of friends and relatives. And she was always quick to offer a
fresh baked cookie, a muffin or a scoop of ice-cream to anyone visiting or
just passing through.
While she enjoyed
wherever she lived, her favorite place was definitely Clear Lake. There was
not a year of her life that she did not go to “The Lake”, the same lake
where her parents first met, where the family had a successful hotel and
where she raised her children in the summer months. The lake was always her
happy place and likely the place where she felt most at-home. She loved
water skiing, sailing, the “island” and the many friendships developed and
Nancy has one
sibling, her sister Sue Hadley Dickes (husband Byram) of Wilmette, Illinois,
and is also survived by numerous cousins.
A Celebration of
Nancy’s Life service will be held on June 29, 2019, at 188 West Clear Lake
Dr., Fremont, Indiana, 46737, the Clear Lake Yacht Club at 1:00 p.m.,
Eastern time. Summer casual attire is welcome.
Memorials may be
The Clear Lake
Township Land Conservancy,