MICHAEL F. WHALEN

A funeral mass was offered Dec. 16 at Immaculate Conception Church for Michael F. Whalen, Sr., 93, of Secaucus passed away Saturday, Dec. 12. Born in Jersey City to Ann and Michael F. Whalen, he would go on to serve his country in the US Navy during WWII. He was born February 25, 1927 in Jersey City. After graduating Dickinson High School, he went to work for Continental Insurance Company as an appraiser. He met his wife, Elizabeth Whalen, one summer at the Jersey Shore in Belmar, and married her in 1962. She was the love of his life. They have lived in their hometown of Secaucus for over 50 years. Michael was a Secaucus Little League and recreation basketball coach for many years and loved teaching the youth of Secaucus the role that sports can play in shaping their lives. He also ran for councilman of Secaucus. He was an avid Notre Dame Figthting Irish sports fan along with the Yankees and football Giants. Michael was predeceased by his siblings Joseph Whalen and his wife Kathleen, Elayne Sexton and her husband William, Marilu Degnan and her husband James, Kathleen Feeney and her husband Jack, and his broth-in-law James Holahan. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Elizabeth Whalen, his son Michael F. Whalen, Jr. and his wife Kimberly, cherished grandchildren Victoria and Michael F. Whalen III; and his dear sibling Madaline Holahan. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.