William W. Whalen (1920 - 2018)

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William W. Whalen, 97, of Elkland, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at the Bath VA Medical Center.
Born September 13, 1920 in Ashland, he was the son of the late Albert and Marie (Althoff) Whalen.
Bill worked as an upholsterer until he enlisted in the US Army in 1942.
He was a decorated WWII Veteran, serving in the 82nd Airborne Division.
He graduated from Penn State University and earned his Master's Degree at Platteville University in Wisconsin.
He was the Industrial Arts Teacher at Elkland High School for many years.
He started the Drivers Education Program and coached the White Sox Little League team.
Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the 82nd Airborne Association, American Legion, VFW and DAV.
He was also a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association.
He was on a bowling league and played softball. He loved woodworking and making furniture and toys.
Bill married Esther M. Belletto on June 30, 1951 and they shared 67 years together and nine children.
He is survived by his loving wife, Esther; his children, Michele Whalen of Germantown, Md., Michael and Alice Whalen of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Mary and Dave Dillon of Little River, S.C., Margaret and Art Meier of Shawboro, N.C., Pat and Janet Whalen of Liverpool, N.Y., Tim and Cherie Whalen of Auburn, Mich., Eric and Michelle Whalen of Knoxville, and Scott (Lisa Maxon) Whalen of Camden, N.C.; a brother, Albert Whalen; 26 grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Whalen.
Family will receive friends at Kenyon Funeral Home, 214 W. Main St., Elkland, from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 111 First St., Elkland Monday, with the Rev. David Bechtel and Father John Albosta officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow in Highland Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in Bill's honor to the St. Thomas Catholic Church, , Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607 or to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.kenyonfuneralhome.com.
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Kenyon Funeral Home, Inc.
214 West Main Street
Elkland, PA 16920
(814) 258-7320
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Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21, 2018
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