Jan Whalen

Obituary of Jan Whalen

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Whalen, Jan

A Beautiful Child of God

60 years, of Leamington, died peacefully and into the welcoming arms of her heavenly Father, the Lord of her life and blessed Savior at 4:46pm on Friday July 16, 2021. With Jan in her final moments were her soulmate, (the beloved wife, gorgeous black-eyed beauty and steadfast partner to James (Jim) Leo Whalen), with whom she spent 30 beautiful years in wedded bliss, comfort, love and care; her children Joni-Lynne Woods, of Springfield Illinois; Daniel Woods (Sammy) of Larder Lake, Ontario, all who mourn the loss of a devoted, generous and fiercely protective mother who was always available for late night calls, prayers and words of encouragement. Jan will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Ashton Luke and Scarlett Claire Woods, who enjoyed not only the creative adventures that she loved taking them on, but her lessons in the kitchen where she shined and shared her superb talents. We cannot forget to mention that Jan was a furmom to Ceilihd, Sasha and the late Mossimo, treasured furbabies that will miss her as much as we all will. Jan carried with her (and passed along to her children and grandchildren) a proud Native American heritage passed along to her by her late grandparents Joseph and Claudia Runns of Carry the Kettle First Nation. The daughter of the late Brian Marten and Gloria Jean (Runns) Lascelles, and adored daughter in law to the late Joseph and Theresa Whalen of Sydney, Jan was also a dear sister to the late Karen, as well as Kevin Lascelles (Ruth Harder) of Saskatchewan, and Roger Lascelles of British Columbia; who, though miles apart, never forgot the bond they carried as siblings. Jan had the joy of being a proud aunt to her nieces and nephews, as well as a faithful godmother to her godson Derrick Demmans (Nikki Demmans). It goes without saying that Jan was loved by all. Jan was nothing but a dependable hard worker, whether it was as a plumber in her younger years, a stay at home mom during those tough teenage years that her children went through, or as a mail carrier in her golden years, you could always count on her to be there. Jan found her lifelong joy as a mail carrier and her professionalism and kindness did not go unnoticed by the many people who enjoyed seeing her on her route. An incredibly talented woman, Jan excelled in every area she put her efforts in. Whether it was sewing her own wedding dress to hosting dinner parties full of mouth-watering food in the midst of a warm and welcoming environment, you could count on Jan to put her best effort in everything she did. Yet, Jan’s legacy is marked with a deep and committed faith woven through every part of her life and heart. Her worn flowered bible cover housed a well-read Word of God, evidence of a deep love for her gracious Savior that sustained her faith during the hardest times of her illness. Jan dedicated her life to the church and you would find her behind the microphone singing her praises to her heavenly Father, or greeting people with an infectious and big, beautiful smile. A smile that is undoubtedly unwavering in a loving heavenly home that knows no pain, sickness or death. You are welcomed to visit with the family at Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell St. Leamington (519-326-2631) Friday July 30, 2021 from 2-5 and 7-9pm. The funeral service to celebrate Jan’s incredible life will be held at Lakepoint Family Church, 285 Talbot St. E. Leamington on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 2pm. Cremation to follow. Due to COVID restrictions, visitation and funeral service is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment for visitation at http://www.reidfuneralhome.ca. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Lakepoint Family Church would be appreciated. Family and friends are encouraged to share their words of comfort and remembrance at www.reidfuneralhome.ca

 

Friday
30
July

Visitation 1

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday, July 30, 2021
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Friday
30
July

Visitation 2

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, July 30, 2021
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Saturday
31
July

Service Information

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Lakepoint Family Church
285 Talbot Street East
Leamington, Ontario, Canada