Deacon William E. Whale I
May 24, 1936 – August 5, 2019
William Edward Whale was born in NYC. Both parents immigrated from England, met and married in Canada. Shortly thereafter they moved to Queens, NY and had four children, George, Victor, Bill, and Betty. In his 24th year, he married Inge. They have 3 children; Patricia, Bill II, and Greg. In 1980, Bill I, began studies for the permanent Diaconate; 3-1/2 years later, was ordained by Cardinal Keeler. After his ordination, he was assigned to a parish and to the diocese of Harrisburg, PA, to do marriage and family ministry. Bill, assisted by his wife, conducted marriage enrichment retreats, and other marriage and family programs for 18 years. Their children attended college and several have master’s degrees. Bill was published 3 times in Architectural Magazine. He held certification in Train-the-Trainer, Ignatian Spiritual Direction and facilitated business and parish programs, including a 100-boy altar server program for 7 years. Once the children’s college education was completed, Bill made a career change from sales management to counselor, staff trainer and staff monitor in Glasserian theory in a multi-agency for adjudicated juvenile delinquents. Needing a master’s degree, Bill and Inge both got a master of human services, while working full time. At that time also, each of their children married. Though Bill did not perform the marriage ceremonies, he baptized most of his grandchildren. A total of 7 grandchildren were born--6 boys and 1 girl. Patricia had the only granddaughter, Sarah (who was called to the Lord when she was 22). Patricia and Mark adopted James (born in Moscow), which brings the total of male grandsons to seven. Recently Patricia and Mark adopted a 16-year-old girl, Blue. Bill and Judy have 3 boys, Bill III, Kyle, and Sean. Greg’s boys are Joseph, David, and Greggy (Greggy was called to the Lord when he was 19). Bill and family live in Etters, PA, and Patricia and Greg and families live close by in FL. After 10 yrs, Bill and Inge sold the business and house to retire to Florida. In FL, Bill did various ministries, including jail ministry. Inge’s mother, Elsa Loew, was always a part of the family; lived to age 92, which gave her 2 yrs in FL. Throughout their marriage, Bill and Inge were continually involved in parish and diocesan programs, adding to their education to enrich their ministries. They lived faith-filled lives and their children and grandchildren are strong in their faith. What greater blessing could be given them? They look forward to their eternal life, and prayed unceasingly for this gift to be bestowed on all the family.
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Deacon William E. Whale I
August 10, 2019
My father stood by me my entire life, he was a stronghold in any storm and there were big storms in my life. Dad was a wonderful and loving husband to my mother, their relationship was beautiful. He was a wonderful father to my brothers and I I’m so proud of his commitment to God and my family, to his ministry as a Deacon, to his shared ministries with my mother....working with Sunday School, altar boys, marriage enrichment, counseling, supporting parishes and parishioners. My parents both received their Masters Degrees so they could counsel in all of their ministries.
Dad held strong in support of my family in so many ways. He always worked very hard long hours to make sure all of our needs were met and more. He loved taking care of our financial futures and investments...I believe this was also a hobby for him. We could always find him in his office following our portfolio and all of the financial news. I also found dad praying often in his office. He enjoyed sitting on their patio smoking a cigar and just talking with family and friends, laughing and sharing love.
Dad recently had a birthday and I gave him a glass butterfly with wind chimes which he hung in that patio. He made a big point of making sure I knew how much he loved the wind chimes. Really I don’t believe that’s a coincidence. My last gift to him was one he particularly loved. This brought me such a joy.
Watching dads prayer life over the last several years encouraged my prayer life and faith to grow and it always will.
My last words to dad were “I love you dad”. He replied I love you too”.
I could keep going but I will end by saying that I will miss my father till I see him again in heaven where we will be reunited for all of eternity.
August 8, 2019
Bill and Inge were faithful friends and supporters of the fledgling Focolare Movement in Harrisburg, PA, hosting and attending get-togethers for many years, and sharing their own experiences putting the gospel into practice and discovering and following the love of God in their lives. They were also dear friends to our family, bringing their love and support at baptisms and family gatherings of all kinds. Bill was an gift and an example of faithfulness and wisdom. I'm so happy for both Sarah and Greggy, who are reunited with their grandpa now. And praying for everyone, especially Inge, that the memories of your committed life together will bring comfort and gratitude even in the midst of grief.
Chrissy & John Kruppenbach
August 6, 2019
Bill Whale was an Awesome Husband to Inge! Awesome Father to his three children! Awesome Father-in-law! Awesome GrandFather! Awesome Deacon! and an Awesome Friend!! He will truly be missed... He was only on loan to us here on Earth, Thank you, God!