Anastasia (Tessie) Whalen


May 8, 1918 – September 6, 2023

Anastasia (Tessie) Whalen peacefully passed in her 106th year at Valley Manor L.T.C, where she had been a resident for the last 18 months. Tessie’s prayers have been answered and she will begin her journey to Everlasting Life after living independently for over 100 years.

As her body started failing, adjusting to immobility was a daunting challenge. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence (d. 1985). Cherished mother to Celestine (Syl) Mask and David (d. Jean). Cherished grandmother to Darrel (Annette) Mask and Kelvin Mask. Cherished great-grandmother to four great-grandchildren, Neisha (Kyle), Sara (Mike), Jordan and Kyle. Cherished great-great-grandmother to four great-great-grandchildren, Stella, Arielle, Ember and Elias.

She was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Victoria (Chapeskie) Mask and all her siblings, Viola (Stanley) Ostroskie, Stella (Tony) Zilney, Emma (Andy) Deane, Michael Mask, Jean (Ambrose) Plazek and Maxie (Rita) Mask. As the last of her generation she will be missed by all her nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Tessie loved to cook, make quilts, knit, garden, play cards and country music.
A special thank you to Dr. Jason Malinowski, Sylvie Roy and the staff at Valley Manor for all their care and support.

Tessie’s final care has been entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Killaloe, where visitation was held on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Casimir’s Church in Round Lake Centre on Saturday, September 9 at 11 am. Burial was in the parish cemetery and a reception followed in the Parish Hall.

Donations may be made to the St. Casimir’s Building Fund or the Valley Manor Building Fund in memory of Tessie.

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