A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday for William “Bill” Whalen of Mercer, formerly of Grove City. He passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in University Hospital Geauga Medical Center, Chardon, Ohio, after an 11-month illness. He was 83.
Mr. Whalen was born April 4, 1929, in Pittsburgh to John L. and Loretta A. Rannigan Whalen.
He taught junior bowling for 12 years, from 1962-74, and was an avid bowler, belonging to the City League-Mercer, and Merchant’s League, Grove City, having served as secretary for a number of years for the Grove City league.
Mr. Whalen was a school bus driver for 38 years in Mercer Area School District and was a motor coach driver for 35 years for O.D. Anderson Bus Lines, Greenville.
Bill was well-known throughout the county and will be dearly missed by all. He was of the Catholic faith and attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer.
Bill is survived by three brothers, Leo T. Whalen, Linesville; and Skip Whalen and his wife Rose; and Jack Whalen, all Grove City; three sisters, Mary Ellen Buckley, Toledo, Ohio; Loretta Waholik and her husband Stanley, Seneca, Pa.; and Maureen Schmidt and her husband Sam, Erie; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
William “Bill,” 83, Mercer, formerly of Grove City.
Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Friday (11-23-12) and 9:45 to 10:45 p.m. Saturday (11-24-12) in the church.
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Saturday in Church of the Beloved Disciple, 1310 S. Center St. Extension, Pine Township, with the Rev. Michael P. Allison, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.
Arrangements by CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City.