Carl E. Wilke

Carl E. Wilke

April 01, 1920 - December 26, 2017

Carl E. Wilke

April 01, 1920 - December 26, 2017


Carl Edward Wilke Sr., 97, born in Milwaukee, WI on 1 April 1920 died on 26 December 2017 at his home in Aliso Viejo, CA. He joins his wife Frances Stimpson Wilke (died 10 October 1988) in the eternal life.

He is survived by his four children: Joan Wilke Cavanagh of Granite Bay, CA, Carl Edward Wilke, Jr. of Chapel Hill, NC, Anne Mary Wilke of San Jose, CA and Peter Killian Wilke of Laguna Niguel, CA; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

He graduated from Marquette University in June 1941 with a BS in Business Administration then went to General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City studying for the priesthood where he graduated in June 1944 with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained a priest on 12 October 1944 in Milwaukee, WI. He continued his studies at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in 1954 earning a Master in Sacred Theology in May 1956

Carl and Frances were married on 9 June 1947. He became the rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Richmond, TX then rector at St. Mathew’s Church in Bellaire, TX, suburbs of Houston. They returned to Wisconsin in 1953 where he was the Assistant at Trinity Episcopal in Wauwatosa. In 1957 he became the rector at All Saints, Appleton, WI. In 1970 they moved to Christ Church, Springfield, MO. He retired from there in 1985. He worked as a supply priest at St. Andrew’s Church in Mountain Home, AR in 1986 and at St. John’s Church, Neosho, MO in 1987. From 1990-1997 he was the Part-time associate at St. John’s Church in Springfield, MO.

He lived in Aliso Viejo since 2004.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Sophie Miller Education Fund which provides scholarships for the Episcopal Communities and Service (ESC) employees who wish to further their education. Contributions may be sent to:

The Covington
3 Pursuit
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4213
Attn: Business Office

Please make checks payable to:
Episcopal Communities & Services,
With a memo noting The Sophie Miller Education Fund

Donations are tax-deductible.
Tax ID # of Episcopal C&S is 95-1642373

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3 responses to Carl E. Wilke

  1. Judy Ollis says:

    I have fond memories of Father Wilke during his time at Christ Church in Springfield. He was a kind and gentle man of the faith and will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to your family.

  2. Father Wilke “sealed the deal” for us as members of Christ Church. He and Mrs. Wilke invited us, along with two other young couples, for dinner in their home around 1980. He baptized our three children. His booming voice, large shoes and wonderful, commanding presence, will always be among our fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you celebrate a life well lived. Mary Kay and Kenny Ross

  3. My heart goes out to Father Wilke’s family during these times of sadness and grief. Paula and Carl you are in my prayers! Father Wilke is in Heaven with His Lord now… enjoying the fruits of his life of service. R.I.P.

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