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Julia F. Whalen

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Julia F. Whalen

Burlington - On July 7, 2018 Julia F. Whalen, 93, passed peacefully with loving support of her family, caring staff at Converse Home and individuals from VNA Hospice.

Julia Elizabeth (Bunny) was born on May 21, 1925 in the front bedroom of 206 East Ave, Burlington, VT. Julia was the third daughter of Eugene R. and Blanche (McGoon) Fellows. She was predeceased by her oldest sisters Ruth, Barbara and younger brother Eugene (Gene) Jr. Julia had many pleasant memories growing up with her family and friends on East Ave.

After graduating from Saint Mary's High School, Julia packed up her suitcase and traveled to Montpelier to work in the VT State Auditor of Accounts. She loved living a walking distance to her job and eating her meals at the Tavern and Coffee Corner Restaurants.On January 16, 1945, Julia married Richard R. Whalen, a WWII USAF fighter pilot. Julia and Richard were married for sixty-six years. Together they created four children; Thomas Michael, Carol Ann, Mary Eleanor and John Francis. The majority of their life together was spent in Montpelier where Julia was a caring, confident mother (and later, grandmother) with a lot of common sense. In 1985, Julia and Richard moved to a small neighborhood in Burlington. There they developed friendships with their neighbors, especially their close "Across The Fence" neighbors. Some of her youngest grandchildren were able to participate in the neighborhood's Fourth of July parades and making snowmen in their back yard. Julia was a trusted advisor for her family and taught them the meaning of being thrifty. Her children never heard her talk poorly about other people.

Julia is survived by her eldest son, Thomas M. Whalen and his wife, Kristi Guyer of Holt FL, daughter Carol W. Bailey of St. Petersburg, FL, daughter Mary W. Hyde and her husband Stephen Hyde of Burlington, son John Whalen and his wife Mary Drew of Barre Town. 10 grandchildren: Brad Whalen (Catherine), Brett Whalen (Melissa McLeod), Jeremy Whalen, Courtney Whalen Hernandez (Johnny), Bethany Whalen, Ashley Whalen, Eileen Hyde, Jeff Hyde, Julia Forbes (Chris), Tyler Whalen (Ashley). 14 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Calling hourly are Tuesday, July 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ready's 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington VT. Come share your memories of this beautiful and unselfish women. Julia requested a private graveside service for her family at Our Lady of Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Her family would like to honor Julia's memory by asking for donations to the last place she called home, Converse Home. Converse Home's (278 Church St. Burlington, VT 05401) mission since 1886 is to provide older people with a gracious home along with a caring compassionate staff.

Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Services. For online condolences please visit
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 13, 2018
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