Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Donna Lee Whalen, 66, chief's wife, deputy clerk

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE - Donna Lee Faulkner Whalen, married 45 years to retired Cincinnati Police Chief Lawrence E. Whalen, died Saturday of cancer at Christ Hospital. She and her husband divided their time between this Indiana community near Lawrenceburg and The Villages, Fla. She was 66.

Mrs. Whalen retired in 1998 as chief deputy to the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. Most of her friends weren't aware that she had been battling cancer since then, her husband said. "Nobody outside of the family knew of her situation, and she wanted it that way."

She began working parttime for the clerk of courts in 1978 after doing "everything necessary to help raise four kids," according to her husband. She worked for clerks Robert D. Jennings, Joseph T. Deters and James C. Cissell.

Mrs. Whalen was a native of Bellevue and graduated from the Our Lady of Providence Academy in Newport.

Her husband - who retired as police chief in 1992 - described her as a super mother and a wonderful wife. "She put up with a lot of grief from me for my job," he said.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter, Laura Reinstatler of Harrison; three sons, James L. Whalen, also of Harrison, Terrence P. Whalen of Lawrenceburg and David E. Whalen of Ross; two sisters, Sharon Kettenacker of Richmond, Va., and Barbara Perin of Cincinnati; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation is 9:30 a.m. today at Gilligan-Siefke Funeral Home, 3671 Warsaw Ave. in Price Hill. Mass of Christian burial is 11:30 a.m. today at St. Lawrence Church, 3680 Lawrence Ave. in Price Hill. Burial will be at St. Joseph (new) Cemetery in Price Hill. A reception follows at The Farm, 239 Anderson Ferry Road in Delhi Township.

Memorials: Tender Mercies, 27 W. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45210 or Our Daily Bread, 1730 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45210.

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