Caro­line V. Whalen

The Republican Herald - - OBITUARIES -

May 15, 2018

Caro­line V. Whalen, 72, of Shenan­doah, passed away peace­fully Tues­day at Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Net­work-Cedar Crest, Al­len­town, with fam­ily by her side.

Born in Frackville, Feb. 7, 1946, she was a daugh­ter of the late Wil­liam C. Scha­ef­fer and El­iz­a­beth Meck Yasem­bousky.

Her faith was not of an or­ga­nized re­li­gion. Carol be­lieved there is a God and he is good and that one day he would take her home. Of this she spoke of­ten. Carol’s life was not de­fined by her ed­u­ca­tion or oc­cu­pa­tion. Her life was de­fined by her giv­ing na­ture. She gave of her­self to any­one in need. She was the open door and the open arms to any­one in need. Her giv­ing na­ture was ex­tended to an­i­mals. No stray was turned away. She loved her gar­den and could make any­thing grow, be it a poin­set­tia in May or roses in De­cem­ber.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she was pre­ceded in death by a son, Michael X. Whalen; three broth­ers, Arthur Meck, Wil­liam “Bud” Scha­ef­fer and Daniel Scha­ef­fer; two sisters, Inez Smarowsky and Pa­tri­cia Scha­ef­fer.

Sur­viv­ing are her two daugh­ters, Michelle Cook, Pitts­burgh, and Shan­non Sterner, Ore­gon; five sons, Ed­die, Jimmy, Bobby and Jef­frey, all of Shenan­doah, and Shawn Whalen, Frackville; The prides of her life, her grand­chil­dren, Court­ney, Sha­lynn, Caro­line, Traci, Bobby, Eric, Jor­dan, Sean, Regine, Michae­lene and De­siree; two great-grand­chil­dren, Jamie Lynn and Bray­den; her sib­lings, with whom she shared her hap­pi­est mem­o­ries, brother, John Scha­ef­fer, Pottsville; three sisters, El­iz­a­beth Rus­sell, Le­banon, Hay­ley Mo­ran, Colorado, and Ch­eryl Scha­ef­fer-Waite, Texas; nieces and neph­ews.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Tues­day from Nice-Hart Fu­neral Home Inc., 9 N. Le­high Ave., Frackville, PA 17931. The Rev. Mindy Heppe will be of­fi­ci­at­ing. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions can be made to Ruth Steinart Me­mo­rial SPCA, 18 Wertz Drive, Pine Grove, PA 17963. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tues­day at the fu­neral home. Nice-Hart Fu­neral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of ar­range­ments. On­line con­do­lences can be sent to www.nice­hart­fu­ner­al­home.com. Sign the guest book at re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

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