Doane Beal & Ames

729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA


Sarah Anne Whelahan

July 31, 1939January 13, 2020

Harwich - Sarah Anne Whelahan, 80, formerly of Foxborough, passed away on Monday January 13, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was born in Waltham, MA to Dr. Alfred and Dorothea (Sullivan) McManama on July 31, 1939.

Sarah grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts where she attended St. Mary’s High School, class of ‘57. She worked at Watertown Savings Bank after graduating from Secretarial School. In 1975, Sarah began a career in social work, becoming a Licensed Social Worker for Foxborough Human Services. She held Alzheimer’s support groups and worked closely with the Foxborough Discretionary Fund.

In 2,000, as the Director of Foxborough Human Services, Sarah retired and began enjoying life, especially travel. Destinations she loved included Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Sky Lodge in ME, Steele Hill in NH, Sandcastle Resort on Cape Cod and the Red River Beach.

After just three dates, Sarah became engaged to the love of her life, Andrew Griffin Whelahan of Harwich, with whom she shared a true love story during their 56 years of marriage. In addition to Andrew, Sarah is also survived by her 4 children, Cynthia Whelahan of Yarmouth, Kathleen O’Brien (former husband Hank) of Harwich, Michael Whelahan (wife Deanne) of Norton, and Sean Whelahan (wife Tara) of Sandwich, and as well as her nine grandchildren Taylor Lynne, Jennifer, Kevin, Henry, Charlie, William, Rylee, Alyssa and Kian. Sarah leaves her brother, Dr. Alfred McManama of Quincy, Cousin Paula MacMillan of Hudson, and her dear lifelong friend Nancy Fitzgerald of Framingham. Her close friend, the late Mary O’Connor of Hingham, predeceased her.

Visitation will be held on Monday January 20, 2020 from 4-7 pm at Doane Beal and Ames, 729 MA-134, South Dennis, MA 02660. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday January 21, 2020 at 9 am at Doane Beal and Ames, South Dennis. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foxborough Discretionary Fund, 508-543-5235.

For directions, & online condolences please visit www.doanbealamesdennis.com.


  • Foxborough Discretionary Fund


  • Visiting Hours Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, January 21, 2020


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Bob & Marna Lucas

January 20, 2020

To the entire Whelahan family, sorry to hear of Sarah passing. She always had a great smile and very sweet way about her. Rest In Peace Sarah.

Kevin Weiss

January 20, 2020

My sincerest sympathies to the Whelahan family.

Sean and Tamara Cullen

January 19, 2020

Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences on Sarah's passing. No words can express the loss of such a beautiful soul. Be at peace, may Sarah's memory be a comfort to the Family. God Bless 🙏

Michael Whelahan

January 18, 2020

Thank you Mom for always being there for me. I miss our talks and spending time together. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Please Rest In Peace , know that Dad is well cared for and will be there for all of us.
I miss you Mom
I Love You
God Bless

Sandy and Glenn Shepardson

January 17, 2020

Sally was a wonderful and beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.