DENNIS C. WHALEN AGE: 92 ROCKAWAY Dennis C. Whalen, 92, died on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Morris View Nursing Home in Morris Twp. Born in Elizabeth, he previously lived in Paterson, and in Rockaway for 28 years. Mr. Whalen was a self-employed painter for 48 years, retiring in 1998. He served in the Army during WWII. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the past 54 years. Mr. Whalen had a great love for animals, especially dogs, and would never turn down the opportunity to help a stray in need. He was predeceased by his wife Catherine in 1974 and his beloved great-grandson Owen Christopher in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Denise Nickel and her husband Ken of Rockaway; his sister Adeline Bross of Texas; three grandchildren, Bryan Nickel and his wife Robin, Brett Nickel and his wife Rebecca and Brenna Nickel; and three great-grandchildren, Sam, Mira and Keelie Nickel. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the Whitham - Kanapaux Funeral Home, 20 Keller Avenue, Rockaway. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 5:00 8:00 p.m. only. In lieu of flowers, envelopes for donations will be available at the funeral home for AA Intergroup; or the March of Dimes, Attn: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.rockawayfuneral.com.
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Published in Daily Record on June 11, 2010