Eleanor J. [Sparks] Whalen, 96, passed away January 19, 2020.
Born September 20, 1923 in Dorchester, later lived in Norwood & Weymouth. Graduated Jeremiah E. Burke H.S. 1940. Married to the late John A. Whalen also of Dorchester. Widowed 1974 [with 4 minors still at home]. Started as an Executive Secretary to the President of John Hancock but spent most of her career at St. Margaret’s premature icu. She loved children. Mother of 9 children [Robert &] Joanne Blonda of Weymouth, the late Mary Anne Whalen of Hull, the late Alice T. Wright of Quincy, [Jean &] John A. Whalen Jr. of Quincy, [Jennifer &] Patrick J. Whalen of Ca., [Robert &] Virginia McWilliams of Scituate, the late Veronica A. Tropea of Quincy, Eleanor J. Clarke of Quincy & [Catherine &] Joseph E. Whalen of Hull. Grandmother to the late Robert Blonda Jr., Mary Anne Blonda, Christopher R. Blonda & the late Michael V. Blonda of Weymouth. Rob Whalen of Milford, Brian Gates of Fla., Keith Power of Hudson, Kurt Power of Boston, Michael Whalen of Quincy, Erin, Kate & Caleb Whalen of Ca., Jeffrey & Joshua DeMontigny and Alyssa McWilliams of Scituate, Jenny Blood of Hudson, Steven Clarke of Plymouth, Kristen Clougherty of Dorchester and Shane Whalen of Hull. Eleanor also had 30 wonderful great grandchildren, whom she cherished.
Mom loved the Lord. She was a great example of poise and strength. She lived by the “golden rule.” She taught us that children are a gift from God and only lent to us. Manners are a given, prayer changes things, hope, “but the greatest of these is love”. She loved to read and loved words. She loved children and her family. Although too humble, she is famous for her sky blue eyes. Mom always had a smile and a kind word, she found beauty in every person. She told us to look for it. We love you Mom, Nan
Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service and Life Tribute for Eleanor Wednesday Evening at 7 PM in the Crossroads Church, 241 Broad St., Wey. Visitation prior to the funeral in the Church from 4-7 PM.. Burial is private.
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