Myrtle Ann Wilkens (nee Kirmse), 86, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Virginia Highlands in Germantown. She was born on Dec. 20, 1926, to the late Elmer and Julia Kirmse and was raised in Fillmore. She married Merlin R. Wilkens on June 16, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Newburg. Myrtle was employed at Power Products in Grafton for 33 years.
She is survived by her husband, Merlin; daughter, Margo (Russ) Hanson; son, Larry (Judy) Wilkens; grandchildren, Scott Hanson, Ryan Thompson, Nicky (Hans Christianson) Vetter, Cassie (fiancé Danny Harris) Wilkens, Gregory (Brittany) Wilkens; great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and James Wilkens; siblings, Eugene, Jack, Robert, Jenny, and Mary Lou; in-laws, Marilyn, Carol, Loretta, Clyde, and Suzie. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Myrtle is preceded in death by her brothers, Orville and Raymond; sisters, Ethel, Blanche, and Winnie.
A private service was held by the family at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Newburg.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff members and caregivers at Virginia Highlands.