Janet Lynn Wilhelm, 68, a lifelong resident of Connersville passed away Sunday morning, June 6, 2021 at Indiana University Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis where she had been a patient for the past week.

One of twelve children of Clyde and Mary Richmond Bowne, Janet was born on February 4, 1953 and graduated from Connersville High School with the class of 1971.

On November 23, 1979 Janet married John Joseph “Willie” Wilhelm in Connersville. Mr. Wilhelm survives.

Janet was employed for 13 years with Fayette County School Corporation in the Middle School cafeteria.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed working in her flower garden at her home. She also enjoyed playing cards, spending time at their camper and most of all, spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren.

Besides her husband of 41 years, Willie Wilhelm, Janet is survived by three children, Brad (Ivy) Wilhelm of Bloomington, Indiana, Kristy (James) McCauley of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Heather (Aaron) Morford of Greenfield, Indiana; nine grandchildren, Samantha Wilhelm, Matthew VanDerHeyden, Megan (Kevin) Wolberd, Riley McCauley, Parker (Hanna) Legere, Peighton (Taylor Sell) Legere, Brett Morford, Hunter Morford, and Lydia Morford. Janet was also blessed with a number of great-grandchildren. Additional survivors include five sisters, Alpharetta (Bud) Charles of Connersville, Anita Bowne of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marilyn Vega of Tucson , Arizona, Marti (Jerry) Shellberg of Port Charlotte, Florida, Cathy (Richard) Buchanan of Connersville; four brothers, Russell (Ronda) Bowne of Connersville, Clyde Bowne of Liberty, Indiana, Jim (Lisa) Bowne of Rising Sun, Indiana, Roger Bowne of Connersville; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, April McClurg; granddaughter, Stephanie Free, grandson, Joshua VanDerHeyden; two infant great-grandsons, Bray and Carston Legere; a brother, Bill Stevens; and a sister, Marcella Bowne.

Janet will be laid to rest beside their beloved daughter April in Dale Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital in memory of April McClurg and online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com