Joseph Harry Whalen, 88 of Fountain Springs, PA passed away suddenly Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pottsville, PA.
Born in Ft. Springs, PA Feb. 13,1932 the son of the late William and Eleanor Whalen.
He attended Butler Schools and was a lifetime member of Our Lady of Good Counsel/ St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland. He was a member of local 524 Pipefitters Union of Scranton, PA.
Joseph was a loving husband and devoted father of four. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He was a great storyteller. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper and Notre Dame fan. He enjoyed meeting his friends for breakfast at May’s.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Helen L. (Schilling) Whalen. Daughters: Ann (Joseph) Wright Georgia; Connie (Christopher) Jankowski, Lehighton; Kathleen (Philip) Mattu, Gordon; and son, Joseph (Diane) Whalen, Ashland. Nine grandchildren: Michael, Chris, Cory, Lauren, Kelsy, Tyler B., Tyler W., Gavin and Colin. Six great grandchildren: Madison, Mikie, Bale, Callie, Skylar, and Carson Michael. He is also survived by his sister, Babe (Whalen) Costello and her husband Robert. Many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Ashland, with Rev. Brian Miller officiating. Interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs, PA. Viewing will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, Aug 7, and 8:30 - 9:45 AM Saturday at the Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Ashland.
Kull-Heizenroth Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Charles Heizenroth III, Supervisor.