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In loving memory of
Cathryn Whalen
  • December 07, 1946
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  • June 10, 2022

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Cathy was a great person. She was dearly loved and is survived by her husband Dick, children Jennifer, Timothy and Allison – their significant others – Shannon, Julie and Matt and 5 grandchildren – Jack, Jonas, Quinn, Max and Roslyn. Her sisters Teresa and Moreen, their families and countless friends and chosen family, also cherished her.

If you knew her than you knew how funny, clever, generous, brave and inspirational she was. If you didn’t then know that she would still want the best for you and expect you to rise to it.

She survived and thrived with Scleroderma for 15 years – many years past her expected course with the disease.

She taught reading for 30 years in multiple states and school districts. She created a legacy of over 10,000 confident readers including her own grandchildren. She also taught and inspired many emerging teachers.

Cathryn Ann Whalen (nee Jones) was born in December 1946 in Syracuse New York, attended Oswego State College and received her Masters in Education at the University of Colorado. She passed peacefully Friday June 10, 2022 in Sarasota Florida with her husband at her side, as was her wish.

The family is very grateful for the love and support they have received through this time. In lieu of flowers the best tribute to Cathy would be to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation – an organization that carried Dick and Cathy through a very tough time in their lives. https://national.scleroderma.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=co_home

5403 East Evans Ave, Denver CO, 80222

303-806-6686 email: cochapter@scleroderma.org

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  1. Becky Richard says:
    20 Jun 2022
    I can’t describe the loss I feel. Cathy was such an amazing friend. We talked about books, our grandchildren and our husbands! What a wonderful life she had with the best stories. Every Wednesday night my friend I will be toasting you.

  2. Becky Richard lit a candle:
    20 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 20, 2022 at 6:57:09 PM

  3. Geary Richard says:
    20 Jun 2022
    Losing Cathy left a hole in our hearts. We feel blessed to have been able to call her our friend; and blessed for having the chance to get to know her. We will, and already do, greatly miss her.

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    20 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 20, 2022 at 6:31:33 PM

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  7. Rick Lipke says:
    20 Jun 2022
    Cathryn was the most wonderful, loving, intelligent, friendly, charismatic friend in our close knit group of friends. She was our intellectual leader. I will miss her dearly.

  8. Mary Beth Harja says:
    17 Jun 2022
    I only knew Cathy for a few short years but it was obvious to me she was very special. I knew she was struggling in her own way with her disease but i never knew a stronger person. She amazed me how she carried on as if nothing was wrong. She was so funny, caring and welcoming to everyone she met. I grew to admire her greatly in those few short years. I feel blessed to have known her.

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