on burkefuneralhome.comThe following obituary can be found
John Joseph Whelan entered into eternal rest
on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Saratoga Hospital.
Born to John and Catherine (Hallissey) Whelan, he was raised and married in
Yonkers, NY and proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean
War. He graduated with honors in 1959 from Iona College (in New Rochelle, NY)
with his Bachelors degree in business administration and accounting.
Following his marriage to the former Lois Sneider in 1960, they chose to raise
their family in Pleasantville, NY, while he worked as business manager for Rye
City School District in Westchester County. He devoted his spare time to his
community through the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department on Patrol 7 and
was a lifelong fan of Notre Dame football. While retired in upstate New York,
he was a dedicated member of Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus and the
Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O. Elks Lodge 161. A communicant and faithful weekly Mass
usher at St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church, he also served as a member of St.
Clement’s Regional Catholic School Board of Directors.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lois; his daughter and son-in-law,
Patricia and Paul Roberts of Martha’s Vinyard, MA), his youngest daughter,
Barbara Ann Whelan of Saratoga Springs; two grandchildren, Emily Roberts and
John Mihalek; and an older sister, Mrs. Margaret Burke of Yonkers, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Clement’s Church, at a
date/ time to be announced in the near future. Burial with military honors will
follow at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
There are no calling hours and in lieu of flowers, his family has requested any
financial memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. Clement’s
Regional Catholic School, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (584-7350).
Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing
and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (584-5373) and online
remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
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