Siverina D. Whalen, 92, of Urbana, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Mercy McAuley Center, surrounded by her family.
Siverina was born in Alliance, Ohio, on May 25, 1921, to the late Pietro and Rosaria (Salandria) DeEulis.
She grew up in Ravenna, Ohio, and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1939. Following high school she attended Kent State University, while being the store manager at Rupert's in Ravenna.
Due to the war effort she enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corp. in 1943 which became the Women's Army Corp. She was chosen to attend Army Administration School in Richmond, Kentucky.
She did her basic training in Daytona Beach, Florida before being assigned to Fort Worth, Texas, where she worked in Public Relations. Her next assignment was at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, working with writing hometown newspaper releases for military personnel returning from the Pacific Theatre of War by way of the Gulf Coast. Her last assignment was in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa, again working as Public Relations Research Specialist and Recruiter.
On September 10, 1945, she married William J. Whalen, in Clinton, Iowa.
After marriage they moved to Johnson City, New York, for several years. She was a store manager in Binghamton, New York. Her daughter, Michelle, was born in Binghamton before the family moved to Ohio, living in several communities, Ravenna, Chillicothe, Kingston, West Jefferson and then Urbana.
Siverina volunteered as a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader at South Ward Elementary from 1955-1958.
She did public relations for the Springfield Civic Opera Company for the beginning years. She also did sing in several opera choruses and then served as a Board Member.
Siverina was involved in the League of Women Voters in Urbana and in 1968 became President.
From 1960-1969 she worked as office manager for her husband who was the owner of Beltone Hearing Aid Center later becoming Whalen's Hearing Center in Springfield. After her husband's death in 1969, she became owner of the business.
In the 1970's she wrote newspaper articles relating to Ecumenism among the Christian churches in the community for the Urbana Ministerial Association. During this time she wrote articles for St. Mary Church from 1972-1976.
She spent several years as a religion teacher on Sunday's at St. Mary's.
She was a member of the St. Mary Church, Ohioana Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and National Trust for Historic Preservation.
In the later years she kept up with her interests in politics, history, music and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle D. Carmazzi and son-in-law, John A. Carmazzi, of Urbana; sister, Judith Ueltschy of Columbus; nephews, Richard (Kathy) Ueltschy of Westerville, Ohio, Dr. Timothy (Marilyn) DeEulis of Huntington, West Virginia, Terry DeEulis and Larry DeEulis both of Rochester Hills, Michigan, nieces, Kathryn McCutchen of Massillon, Ohio, Susan McCutchen of Bladensburg, Maryland, Tianne DeEulis of Charleston, West Virginia; good friend, Julie Hinton of Urbana.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William J. Whalen; brothers, Jay (Hazel) and Timothy (Anne) DeEulis; sister, Rose (Fred) McCutchen; and brother-in-law, Richard Ueltschy.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday in St. Mary Church, Urbana with Father Clarence Heis celebrant.
A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday in Maple Grove Cemetery, Ravenna, Ohio, where military honors will be provided by VFW Post 1055.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com
(SKILLMAN, MCDONALD & VERNON Funeral Home937-653-8888, RC 5-20-14)