Car Chix Says Good-Bye to One of Their Own – RIP Denise “Torino Toni” Wilhelm

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Left to Right: Car Chix President, Jeanette DesJardins & Denise ” Torino Toni ” Wilhelm during the award ceremony at the 2017 Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race & Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Byron Dragway

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Denise ” Torino Toni ” Wilhelm. She was an incredible woman with the most infectious smile.  Denise was a regular at the Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Races and one hell of a driver!  Denise and her family were always big supporters of Car Chix and the Ladies Only Drag Races! She will be greatly missed.   We plan to hold the next Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race & Breast Cancer Fundraiser in her honor.

Our most sincere condolences to the friends and family of Denise ” Torino Toni ” Wilhelm.  Visitation will be held Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 4:00 -7:00 pm at Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry St. Sandwich, IL 60548.  If unable to attend, we encourage you all to share some of your fond memories by signing the guestbook here.

 

Denise ” Torino Toni ” Wilhelm ,53, of Sheridan passed away on November 12th, 2020.

Denise was born on January 23, 1967 in Elgin, Illinois to Bonnie Binz. She graduated St. Charles East High School in 1985 and on April 29th, 2011 she married her husband Richard Wilhelm.

Denise was a loving mother and grandmother to her daughters and grandchildren. A beloved wife, and a caring friend to many. She was an avid crafter and she loved to race her Torino at the track.

Denise was survived by her husband Richard Wilhelm, daughters Stephanie Barry (Ryan Barry), Rachel Folino, Tricha Folino, and Kathryn Wilhelm (Scott Schillings). Her grandchildren JJ, Jaylin, Xavier, Kira, Zierra, Connor, Lorenzo III, Ja’ Mya, Emma, Keith and Zach. Her mother Bonnie Harvey and her siblings Ron Harvey, Vicky Schefchik, Chris Harvey, Mitchel Harvey (Jerri Harvey) and Debi Schmid (Nick Schmid). Her Godson Zach Harvey along with many cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Denise was preceded in death by her grandmother, Myrtle Binz ,George Bowling, her sister, Terry Danke, her mother-in-law, Ellen Wilhelm, and her father, Ronald Harvey.

Visitation will be held Thursday, November 19th, 2020 from 4:00 -7:00 pm at Beverage Family Funeral Home, 104 Terry St. Sandwich, IL 60548. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Beverage Family Funeral Home. www.beveragefamilyfh.com

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Left to Right: Denise ” Torino Toni ” Wilhelm & Jeanette DesJardins at the 2017 Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race & Breast Cancer Fundraiser.

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The 2019 Car Chix Ladies Only Drag Race & Breast Cancer Fundraiser at Byron Dragway — The last time we all ran together.

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Until we meet again my friend. <3

 

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