OBITUARY

Helen C. Whalen

June 15, 1938May 26, 2019
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My dear loving wife, Helen Culliton Whalen, died peacefully with family at her side on May 26th, 2019. We were married 50-plus wonderful years before Helen lost her life to Alzheimer's. She loved her family, children of all ages, and the many great friends she collected over the years.

Born in Lynn in 1938, daughter of Dr. Thomas E. Culliton and Helen Bowers Culliton, she received a B.A. and M.A. from Boston University. Helen taught school in Danvers, lived in Magnolia, Swampscott (for 50 years) and finally Marblehead.

Lovable to the end, Helen was known for her quick Irish smile and indelible memory for names, places and faces. She was thoughtful, kind, compassionate and loving to a fault. An incredible mother and wonderful wife. Helen was a long-time member of The Beach Club and Marblehead Yacht Club, as well as parishioner of St. John's and Star of the Sea.

It was our good fortune to have three successful, caring children, six very special grandchildren (and five grand dogs). Helen is survived by: Meredith and Jon Davies of Marblehead, and their children Hale and Chase; Bill and Kelly Whalen of Marblehead, and their children Tess and Devin; T.J. and Jen Whalen of Charlotte, VT, and their children Campbell and Cooper.

Helen was predeceased by her brother, Thomas E. Culliton PhD EdD, and leaves her surviving brother, Dr. Richard B. Culliton, and wife Mary Culliton of Salem, and their four children; Ellen Dobbyn, Jennifer Paul, Lauren Culliton and Rick Culliton. Helen is also survived by her cousins Jim and Ted Bowers, as well as her lifelong friend Mary Ann Ryan.

Helen was also predeceased by her sister-in-law, Noreen Therens, brother-in-law, Richard Whalen, and nephew Kevin Carduff. Surviving family in the Chicago area include sister-in-law, Colette Coletta Whalen, and brother-in-law, Bud Therens, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews including Richard, Karen, Ginger, Michael, Matt, Carol, Dawn, Pam, Paul, Gary, Sherry, Mark, Kathy and Jeff. Visitation will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Sunday, June 2 from 4-7PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead on Monday, June 3 at 10AM followed by burial in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Please visit the online guestbook for Helen at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to https://www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com/

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  • william whalen, Husband
  • It was our good fortune to have three successful, caring children, six very special grandchildren (and five grand dogs). Helen is survived by: Meredith and Jon Davies of Marblehead, and their children Hale and Chase; Bill and Kelly Whalen of Marblehead, and their children Tess and Devin; T.J. and Jen Whalen of Charlotte, VT, and their children Campbell and Cooper.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, June 2, 2019
  • Funeral Mass with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead Monday, June 3, 2019

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anna duffy

June 10, 2019

For all the Whalens
We were so sad to hear of Helens passing. I remember her well from St John's in Swampscott. And she stopped many times to talk to me in front of our house on Phillips beach when she was out on her walks. I just watched her video, it was very touching and beautiful.
Anna and Paul Duffy

Colette Coletta Whalen

June 4, 2019

Even though we lived 1,009.8 miles apart, we shared many happy times with Captain Bill, Generalissimo Helen and Skippers Meri, Billy and T.J. As Dr. Seuss wrote,... "Oh the Places you'll go", and, thanks to them, we did. Like the time... Helen and I were on Captain Jack's Ship ( in a thunderstorm ,no less) and we had to catch Billy and my Richard when Bill and his brother, Dick, threw them to us from their small sailboat bobbing between very high waves; OR... When we were with Noreen and Bud winding up and down Rockport's narrow streets in their RV and then strolling around town in our new outrageous sunhats; OR... When we made sure our hubby's mother didn't catch on to our store bought Chicken Kiev, presented as homemade; OR... When Helen showed me the 2nd most famous battlefield, Filene's Basement, where we risked our lives and fought the crowds over two must-have outfits; OR... When she took us to her Dad's cabin in N.H., and asked me, "Is he always that loud?" & I answered "Who?" not realizing she meant my 3 yr old, Michael; OR The time my Ginger made a flute from a stick with Dr. Culliton and my Matthew ran up and down Bunker Hill with T.J., while both of them, years later, returned to run in the Boston Marathon. Add to these stories, years of gratitude for the many weddings, gatherings, laughter and conversations from Park Ridge, Illinois to Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Helen always made my heart smile with her vivacious personality and gracious, hospitable spirit.
Thankfully, the gift of time pushes us forward and gently changes our grieving days into days of grace. May this blessing comfort all of you... Bill; Meri, Jon, Hale and Chase; Bill, Kelly, Devin and Tess; T.J., Jen, Campbell and Cooper; God's Peace, Love, Colette

Janet Baker

June 4, 2019

It is with great sorrow I read of Helen’s passing. She is the very definition of a stalwart, a sturdy and resolute champion with a ready smile, always the ready smile. She remembered everyone’s name, always asked after each family member, seemed to always have a cheerful word to say. I hope all your wonderful memories ease her passing from our lives. God bless.
Jan Baker
Wilmot, NH

Thomas Frary

June 2, 2019

Bill, Suzie and I are remembering fondly spending time with you and Helen. Our thoughts are with you and the entire family at this time.

Tom and Suzie

James Cohen

June 1, 2019

Wendy and I had the pleasure of knowing Helen (and Bill of course) since we moved across from them in 2007. Helen was a good friend, a good neighbor and a wonderful role model. We’ll never forget her delightful and strong presence as well as her keen sense of humor, and of course, her roasted potatoes. We still have a bottle of pink champagne on ice just in case .....may her memory be a blessing to Bill and family.

Wendy and James Cohen

Jay&Audrey Lynch

June 1, 2019

We’ll always remember the good times with Helen, weather it was in Swampscott at a dinner party, or in Megansett at Dave and Rosa’s with the gang of reprobates, and at the Marblehead Yacht Club during the late day afternoon.
A good time was had by all.

Annie DiPietro

May 30, 2019

Dear Bill, and family,
I am so sorry to learn of Helen's passing. I know what a vibrant presence she was in your lives, and in the community.
I hope that you are able to take comfort in knowing she is at peace with Our Lord, perhaps having found a Heavenly Beach Club and a path for daily walks with the angels.
She watches over you still, simply from a different place.
Keeping you in my prayers,
Annie DiPietro

Rob Kipp

May 29, 2019

Helen was such a wonderful person to be around. First meeting at many Herrishoff Sailing parties and the kids staying over during long nights. Helen always had a smile on her face and had a knack of enjoying the moment. I will be forever be thankful for your phone call to me telling me about a friends wake which prompted me to re-unite with my wife Roz over 24 years ago. Thanks for being in my life and prayers for Bill and the family.
Roz and Rob Kipp

RIch Whalen

May 29, 2019

I remember the last time i was in Boston for work a few years ago. it was a spontaneous trip so i called Uncle Bill & Aunt Helen much too late to see if i could swing up to Marblehead to see them. i'm sure Aunt Helen had 10 different things to do that day but she dropped them and said "Come on up here Richard, we can go have lunch at the Yacht club, see the boat, and I'll take you over to Billy's house". It seems Aunt Helen was cut from the same cloth as my Aunt Noreen she would move heaven and earth to be generous with her time and help family members re-connect. I think this was during the move from 44 Winshaw Road up to Marblehead so this was four years ago. I also remember cramming into a little red convertible with Aunt Helen and we drove like Dustin Hoffman to the church where Elaine was getting married we were on two wheels for most of the turns, and when we got to Billy's house Aunt Helen parked right in the middle of the street pointed the wrong way and jumped out of the car. i asked her if she was going to move her car over to the side and i think she smiled and said "they'll go around it, Richard". wonderful vibrant independent woman who was a great role model for friends and family and the next generation. Georgi, Jack, Lauren, Natter and i were very sad to hear the news of Aunt Helen's passing and send out prayers to you Uncle Bill, along with Billy (darn it, he goes by Bill now i have to remember that sorry Bill...), Meredith and TJ and their families.

Sandy Cross

May 28, 2019

Bill, Billy, Merry, TJ and Richard, I am so sorry to hear about Helen's illness and passing. She was always a joy to be around and I miss her. Can't say anything that can make you feel better but want you to know how much she meant to me. With sincere sympathy.

Sandy Lane Cross

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Biography

My dear loving wife, Helen Culliton Whalen, died peacefully with family at her side on May 26th, 2019. We were married 50-plus wonderful years before Helen lost her life to Alzheimer's. She loved her family, children of all ages, and the many great friends she collected over the years.

Born in Lynn in 1938, daughter of Dr. Thomas E. Culliton and Helen Bowers Culliton, she received a B.A. and M.A. from Boston University. Helen taught school in Danvers, lived in Magnolia, Swampscott (for 50 years) and finally Marblehead.

Lovable to the end, Helen was known for her quick Irish smile and indelible memory for names, places and faces. She was thoughtful, kind, compassionate and loving to a fault. An incredible mother and wonderful wife. Helen was a long-time member of The Beach Club and Marblehead Yacht Club, as well as parishioner of St. John's and Star of the Sea.

It was our good fortune to have three successful, caring children, six very special grandchildren (and five grand dogs). Helen is survived by: Meredith and Jon Davies of Marblehead, and their children Hale and Chase; Bill and Kelly Whalen of Marblehead, and their children Tess and Devin; T.J. and Jen Whalen of Charlotte, VT, and their children Campbell and Cooper.

Helen was predeceased by her brother, Thomas E. Culliton PhD EdD, and leaves her surviving brother, Dr. Richard B. Culliton, and wife Mary Culliton of Salem, and their four children; Ellen Dobbyn, Jennifer Paul, Lauren Culliton and Rick Culliton. Helen is also survived by her cousins Jim and Ted Bowers, as well as her lifelong friend Mary Ann Ryan.

Helen was also predeceased by her sister-in-law, Noreen Therens, brother-in-law, Richard Whalen, and nephew Kevin Carduff. Surviving family in the Chicago area include sister-in-law, Colette Coletta Whalen, and brother-in-law, Bud Therens, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews including Richard, Karen, Ginger, Michael, Matt, Carol, Dawn, Pam, Paul, Gary, Sherry, Mark, Kathy and Jeff.

Visitation will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street on Sunday, June 2 from 4-7PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 85 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead on Monday, June 3 at 10AM followed by burial in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Please visit the online guestbook for Helen at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to https://www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com/