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Nancy J. (Criswell) Whalen

May 2, 1938 ~ August 26, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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Nancy J. Whalen

May 2, 1938 ~ August 26, 2023

            Nancy J. “JoAnn” Whalen, 85, of New Enterprise, a guest of Homewood at Martinsburg, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, August 26, 2023 at the home.

            She was born in rural Martinsburg, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Erma G. (Hess) Criswell. On October 7, 1962, she married Pastor Bruce D. Whalen at Salem United Church of Christ, rural Martinsburg. He preceded her in death on November 7, 2018, after 56 years of marriage.

            Surviving are four children: David B. Whalen (Monica) of Ozark, Alabama, Mark A. Whalen, of New Enterprise, Daniel P. Whalen, of Hollidaysburg, and Karen E. Walker (Rich) of Williamsburg; four grandchildren: Alura Cortez Whalen, Brian Whalen, Amy Lynn (Roy),  and Alissa Walker; a great-granddaughter, Ceceila Joan Lynn; and numerous extended family members and friends.

            She was preceded in death by five sisters: Alberta J. McClain, Pauline Brumbaugh, Edith N. Sollenberger, Dorothy A. Kauffman, and Virginia M. Weller; and four brothers: Donald L., Samuel A., Robert C., and Charles L. “Junior” Criswell.

            JoAnn was a 1957 graduate of Morrisons Cove High School. She was a homemaker for 56 years and loved raising her children. JoAnn joyfully watched as her children started families of their own.

            She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church, rural Martinsburg.

            JoAnn loved spending time with her family, especially all of her grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening, canning fruits and vegetables, and cooking. She also enjoyed bowling, quilting, and completing puzzles.

            Friends will be received from 5pm to 7 pm, Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Mt. Pleasant Church, 705 Auction Road, Martinsburg, PA 16662, where a celebration of life service will be held at 7 pm, Pastor Kenneth Downs officiating. Private inurnment will be held at Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, rural Martinsburg.

            The family prefers memorial contributions be given to Mt. Pleasant Church, 705 Auction Road, Martinsburg, PA 16662.

            Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home, Inc., Martinsburg.


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August 31, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mount Pleasant Church
705 Auction Road
Martinsburg, PA 16662

Celebration of Life Service
August 31, 2023

7:00 PM
Mount Pleasant Church
705 Auction Road
Martinsburg, PA 16662


Mt. Pleasant Church
705 Auction Rd, Martinsburg PA 16662


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