Mrs. Whalen passed away Sunday morning December 12, 2010 at The Carriage House of Bay City age 91 years. Daughter of the late Rev. Fred E. & Louise A. (Lauchner) Wager Sr., she was born August 19, 1919 in Saginaw, Michigan. She married James Roy Whalen April 24, 1940. He predeceased her August 19, 1983. Ruth was a former member of First Baptist Church of Essexville and loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Surviving are two children: James R. (Yvonne) Whalen II., Kathy (Joe) Winchell, six grandchildren: Trevor (Kelly) Winchell, Tanya (Brandon) Howell, Tracy Whalen & her special friend: Pat Swanton, Jason (Mandee) Winchell, Tammy Whalen & her special friend: Andy Eastman, Cory Winchell, seven great-grandchildren: Zachary, Breann, Libby, Indee & Ajae Winchell, Madison and Cooper Howell. Also surviving are three sisters, two sisters in-law, two brothers in-law and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by several brothers and sisters and several brothers in-law and sisters in-law.
Per Ruth’s request cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial Service on Wednesday December 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. from the Squires Funeral Home. Nancy Rivet will officiate. Friends may call at the Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2 – 8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.