Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Parmelee Whalen passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2013 surrounded by family. Betty was born in New Haven, CT on April 4, 1933. Married Francis J. Whalen and raised her family in Hamden, CT. Betty was a parishioner at St. Rita Church where she was a proud member of the St. Rita Church Choir She was also a member of the WELI Choir and was a member when they produced their first album. Betty was an administrative assistant for the Guardian Insurance company for many years before her retirement. Betty was pre-deceased by her husband Francis J. Whalen and her parents Walter Parmelee and Catherine Coughlin Parmelee. She is survived by her children Beverly Whalen Davidson (Robert) of Glastonbury, Laura Whalen Wrinn (Michael) of Norwalk, Kathryn Whalen of Hamden, and Matthew Whalen (Candace) of Hamden. She is survived by 13 grandchildren Corey and Shaun Wrinn of Norwalk, Erika and Bethany and Rachel Potenziani of Hamden, Jake and Emily Whalen of Hamden, Ashley (Barry) Hughson of Boston, MA, Clayton and Randy Davidson of Ellington, and Sigourney, Alexis and Joseph Wheway of Hamden. She is also survived by her 3 great grandchildren Sofia Elizabeth Potenziani and Aila and Tyler Hughson of Boston, MA, former son in-law Harold Potenziani Jr and her beloved maltese Molly. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Tuesday, Dec, 10th at 9:00 AM followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. Rita Church, Hamden, Friends may also visit with her family at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Ansonia. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Whalen Education Foundation at 144 Georgetown Dr. Glastonbury, CT 06033 or to All Saints Catholic School, 139 West Rocks Rd., Norwalk, CT 06851.

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  1. Dear Beverly, Laura, Kathryn and Matt, so sorry to hear of Bettys passing. I am so fortunate to have had neighbors like Fran and Betty when I was only child. Always a safe place to be. I can only imagine how she must have felt around all those grand and great grand children. My thoughts will be with you.

  2. Dear Matt and family, I am very sorry and saddened to hear of your dear mother’s passing. My heartfelt condolences and sympathy to your entire family,and everyone else who knew and loved your mom,and to everyone she knew and loved. Thoughts and prayers to all, and all of God’s blessings to get you through today, and all your days ahead.

  3. Dear Whalen children – Beverly, Laura, Kathy, and Matt. We want you to know how sorry we are to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a great mother and a good friend. The Barberi family will all miss her and we extend to you our sincere sympathy. We would love to hear from or see all of you sometime. Matt and Maryhannah Barberi.

  4. From Scott Moroz i am sorry to hear about Moms passing. My condolences to all of your family and may God help you through the hard times. Your Mom was a great lady! I have alot of great memories of her as i was growing up. She was always so pleasant to be around. When i would come to the door to visit or collect money for the newspaper, she would always say; Scottys at the door! She was the first person to call me by that name and it still sticks with only the people in your family. When i run into someone from the family they always call me Scotty! Thank you Mrs. Whalen (Mom) Love Scotty

  5. From the Zimmermans, our deepest condolences. May GOD’s strength bring you through this time. God bless the entire family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful person with a fine singing voice. I sincerely enjoyed her presence in the Choir of St. Rita. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Mazzacane, former Director of the St. Rita Choir.

  7. Kathy, I just read about your Mom, and, I’m so very sorry. I’ll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourselves.

  8. Kathy, I was sorry to hear about your Mom. I know how much she meant to you and your entire family. I know it is difficult, but remember the great times you all had and spent together. It is those memories that you will cherish and help to get you thru this difficult time. My sincere condolences to you and your entire family.

  9. Matt I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I know you and your family will miss her. I’m thinking of you. Rich Stook

  10. My wife and I are very sorry to learn of Betty’s passing. She was such a lovely woman. Our thoughts are with her family, who were such good neighbors for decades. Unfortunately, I will be out of town for the calling hours.

  11. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was so sweet and fun to know. Condolences from all the Stantons. May your fond memories comfort you all.

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