In God’s Company 2: Father Joe Whalen Dies (Requiescat in pace) Update: Funeral Arrangements:

REV. JOSEPH F. WHALEN, M.S. – HARTFORD – Rev. Joseph F. Whalen, M.S.,93 [see at bottom for his incredible story], died August 8th,in in Hartford, CT. Fr. Joe was born in Quincy, MA on July 14, 1923, the son of Clarence and Emily Whalen, and was educated within the Quincy school district. He served his country proudly as a 1st Class Pharmacist Mate with the United States Navy during World War II. He was in charge of the health and welfare of all the crew members of a submarine chasing vessel, which protected and laid smoke screens around US war ships throughout the Mediterranean Sea. His ship was part of the southern invasion of France. After the Navy he worked for the telephone company for 32 1/2 years. He married Frances (Vance) in October of 1948 and started raising a family. He was the proud father of three daughters and two sons. In his late fifties God called him into the priesthood and he entered Pope John XXIII seminary at the age of 60. On September 9, 1989 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Alfred Hughes and became a LaSalette Missionary priest. He was the oldest of seven brothers, all predeceased him. He presided over all their funerals in the first seven years of his priesthood. He had the privilege of baptizing seven of his twelve grand children. He was always willing to help his family and friends with any problem. He was heard many times saying, “There are no such thing as strangers, only friends you haven’t met!” Each and every person was special to him and he had a unique way of showing God’s love for that person. He was noted for his ability to hear confessions hour after hour.

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Source: In God’s Company 2: Father Joe Whalen Dies

Funeral Arrangements
Father Joseph F. Whalen, M.S.
Who entered into eternal life on Monday,
August 8th, 2016
at the Chapel of the Missionaries of La Salette
85 New Park Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
Welcoming Rite
8:45 A.M.
Office of the Resurrection
9 A.M.
9:15 A.M. to 10:15 A.M.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 A.M.
Luncheon Follows
at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
Weaver St.
Winooski, Vermont  05404
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM

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