William F. Whalen, III
William F. Whalen, III, 85, of Pennsburg, widower of Margaret M. (Dolan) Whalen, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late William F., Jr. and Rachel (Manning) Whalen.
He was employed as a Territory Sales Manager, selling leather goods for Buxton Leather Goods, retiring in the late 1990’s. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a U.S. Marine, having served during WWII and the Chinese invasion.
He was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Bally. He was an avid fly fisherman, bird and deer hunter, loved camping, traveling to Maine and the outdoors. Most of all he loved his family.
Surviving are two children, Michael K. Whalen and his wife, Stacy, of Bechtelsville, and Kathleen A. Schirmer, and husband, Commander Paul E., of Annapolis, Maryland; five grandchildren: Angela, Tara, Hunter, Aleka and Jared; and a sister, Betty Jane Lynch of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Tremblay.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 610 Pine Street, Bally with Msgr. Edward J. Coyle officiating. The burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. in the church.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville. Offer words of comfort to the family at www.mannslonakerfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made on his behalf in memory of his wife Margret to University of Philadelphia, Cancer Center at Gifts Accounting & Administration, University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Room 433, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205 and in his memory to The Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420.