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Arlene A

September 21, 1937 – October 13, 2018

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Obituary for Arlene A Whalen

Arlene A. Whalen passed away peacefully on October 13, 2018 at St. Patrick Hospital surrounded by her family. She lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Arlene was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend that will be greatly missed.

Arlene was born on September 21, 1937, in Missoula, MT to Rudy and Dorothy Hochhalter. She attended Franklin Elementary school and Missoula County High School until the age of 16. Being true to her kind and giving heart, Arlene ended her schooling early to help support her family. After ending school early, she took a job as an elevator operator in downtown Missoula, and a waitress at the Airport and the Minute Kitchen.

On November 23, 1957, she married Robert J Whalen; the love of her life. The couple made their home in Missoula before moving to Florence in 1968. Together they had four children to which she devoted her life to as a stay-at-home mom. In addition, she babysat many children at her home in Florence. Her influence on these young lives can still be seen today. The kids she babysat were very important to her and she treated them like her own. After her children entered school, Arlene went to work at Jack & Jill Nursery. She would later become a housekeeper at Community Medical Center until her retirement. Even after her retirement, her life of giving continued as a volunteer at Community Medical Center. While volunteering, she spent most of her time in the emergency room where she could frequently interact with her friends and family who worked in the ER and on the ambulance.

Arlene was a devout Christian and enjoyed going to church. As a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the First Evangelical Church of North America she met many people and found lasting friendships. Arlene continued her service at Sovereign Hope Church where she would attend with her family. Arlene was a charter member of the church and served for over fifty years.

Arlene was a passionate supporter of all of her kids as they played their sports. Her love of sports continued after her children had graduated. As an avid Griz supporter she would attend any basketball and football game she could. Many would say that her love of sports came only after Jesus and family.

Preceding her in death were her beloved husband Robert Whalen, her parents Rudy and Dorothy Hochhalter, sister Inez Fite, and brother Elmer Hochhalter.

Arlene is survived by daughter Cheryl (John) Fuge, sons Don (Jodi) Whalen, Ken (Alicia) Whalen and John (Danelle) Whalen along with 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are brothers Harold, Willie (Joanie) and Lyle Hochhalter, sisters Donna (Bob) Trowbridge and Lillian Adamson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arlene was a "Grandma" to many children during her years in Florence and Missoula. She had a way with kids and they truly loved her. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with a reception to follow, at Sovereign Hope Church located at 1919 North Avenue West. In honor of Mom’s love for sports please feel free to wear your favorite team attire.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be sent to Watson Children’s Shelter.

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Service Information

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 11:00am
Sovereign Hope Church
1919 North Avenue West
Missoula, MT