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Irene Whelan

Irene Whelan, 98, of Flaherty, KY passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021, at the Tender Touch Senior Living, Elizabethtown, KY.

Mrs. Whelan was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Flaherty, KY. She was born July 16, 1922, to Lon & Mary Ray and she was the twelve of their thirteen children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hardin Whelan; one son, Wayne Whelan; and a granddaughter, Michelle Canaday Vaughan.

Survivors include:

Two daughters, Carolyn Canaday & her husband, Glenn of Vine Grove, KY, Angela Whelan McKenzie of Nicholasville, KY; six grandchildren, Chris Canaday, Pam Tonini & her husband Sergio, Karen Nolcox & her husband Tony, Ryan McKenzie & his wife, Casey, Allison Wetzel & her husband, Karl, Matthew McKenzie & his wife, Virginia; eleven great-grandchildren, William Vaughan & his wife, Brittany, Evan Vaughan & his wife, Ashlee, Gabe Nolcox, Ethan Nolcox, Siena Tonini, Simone Tonini, Ruby McKenzie, Daisy McKenzie, Ian Wetzel, Owen Wetzel, Benjamin McKenzie; four great-great-grandchildren, Brayden Vaughan, Addyson Vaughan, Scarlett Vaughan, Carol Anne Vaughan; a daughter in law, June Whelan of Paducah, KY; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family & friends

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Wednesday and from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM Thursday at Chism Family Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Whelan will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 28, 2021, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Flaherty, KY. Burial will follow in the St. Martin Cemetery, Flaherty, KY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 440 St. Martin Road, Vine Grove, KY

40175 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942

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