Thomas R. Whalen

Posted 6/5/24

MENDOTA – Thomas R. Whalen, 69, of Mendota passed away unexpectedly at home on June 3, 2024, with his loving wife by his side.

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Thomas R. Whalen

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MENDOTA – Thomas R. Whalen, 69, of Mendota passed away unexpectedly at home on June 3, 2024, with his loving wife by his side.

Visitation will be Friday, June 7, from noon to 3 p.m. at Wasmer Funeral Home. Services will begin at 3 p.m. with Fr. Jeff Windy officiating. Private burial will immediately follow at Melugin Grove Cemetery. A celebration of Tom’s life will follow at Jerry’s Tap in Compton beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tom was born Jan. 20, 1955, in Streator, to Harold and Helen (Grennan) Whalen. He graduated from Mendota High School in 1973. Tom married the love of his life, Beth Schneider, on Aug. 11, 1984, in Mendota.

Tom will be forever missed by his wife, Beth of Mendota; brothers, Bill (Vickie) Whalen of Rockford and Jim (Nancy) Whalen of Onalaska, Wis.; sisters, Nancy (Bob) Whalen-Strouss of Urbana and Karen (Jack) Whalen-Ward of Geneva; nephews, Barry (Erin) Whalen, B.J. (Jamie) Whalen, Bryson (Kristin) Whalen, Chris (Sadie) Whalen, Ben (Abby) Whalen; nieces, Taylor Schneider, Tara Schneider, and Seneca (Matt Wagner) Schneider; mother-in-law, Marilyn Tomsha of Sparta, Wis.; sister-in-law, Lisa Schneider of Naples, Fla.; brothers-in-law, Todd (Pat) Schneider of Mendota and Joel (Julie Wicks) Schneider of Compton; and 13 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Patrick.

During his work career, he and Beth owned Pearle Vision Center in Peru Mall for 10 years and Eye-Deal Vision Center in Peru Mall for almost 20 years. Following that until retirement, he was a semi driver for Maplehurst Farms.

Tom was a member of the Spring Valley Boat Club, the Mendota Elks Lodge #1212, and the 4 p.m. Happy Hour Club. He had a crusty wit wrapped around a heart of gold. He enjoyed fishing, boating, lake life, and spending time with family and friends, especially his nephews and nieces. He took special joy in time surrounded by his many great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Nelson Lake Association, PO Box 13084, Hayward, WI, 54843. Condolences may be left at wasmerfuneralhome.com.