Sally Whalen

Sally R. Whalen

1935 - 2018

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Obituary of Sally R. Whalen

Sally R. Whalen                                                                                                                    

Lansing, Michigan

Age 82, passed away on May 21, 2018 at home surrounded by family. Born July 10, 1935 in Big Rapids. Sally was a Public Affairs Associate at the Michigan Catholic Conference and retired after 18 years of service. She was a faithful “Bulldog” Fan and a member of the Ferris State University Gridiron Club.   She was an active member of St. Gerard Catholic Church. She married her high school sweetheart, John Whalen, and together they shared 57 years of marriage.  Sally achieved her lifetime goal of walking on the Great Wall of China and she loved to travel.

Sally is survived by her children Lawrence (Sandra) of Friendswood, TX, Nancy (Doug) Penner of Lansing, David (Dawn) of Lansing, Michael (Nelly) of Elsa, TX; 8 grandchildren, Peter (Daniel) Spadafore and Joseph (Carah) Spadafore, Lauren Whalen, Alicia Hoover, Abigail Whalen, Ashley Hoover, Ryan Whalen, John Carl Whalen; and 6 great grandchildren, Ariella, Noah, and Jacob Spadafore; Aria, Delliah, and Amelia Hoover; sister, Mary Grimes; sister-in-law, Betty Williams; brother-in-law, John Watkoski; the Magley and Geiler-Penner families of Arizona; and many other family members and friends. Sally was preceded in death by her husband, and her parents, Carl and Lucille Rex.

Funeral Liturgy will be at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, June 7, 2018, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. prior to services. Contributions may be made to Ferris Gridiron Club or the Hospice of Lansing.  Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.  Friends may visit the guest book at