Agnes Whelan

Mrs. Agnes Whelan of Port Jervis, NY died Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at St. Joseph's Place.  She was 94.

She was born July 9, 1924 in Walle, Germany the daughter of the late William Heemsoth and the late Anna  Oedding Heemsoth.

Agnes immigrated to the United States in 1929 and attended school in Brooklyn, NY, where she met her future husband, James H. Whelan. They were married on December 2, 1944, established a home on Long Island, and eventually moved to Port Jervis, where they built a house in West End and worked as a team establishing a business on Pike Street. Agnes was also a secretary at Port Jervis High School.

She was a long time member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, where she served as the guild treasurer.

A family statement read:

    Agnes was a strong, intelligent woman who often put the needs of others above her own. She was a devoted daughter who made many sacrifices for her parents throughout their lives. She was also a loving wife and mother. Despite working full-time, she always made her husband and children her main priorities. After retiring from her secretarial work, she turned her attention to her grandchildren, generously lending them her talents and time whenever she was needed, especially when the going got tough. Agnes enjoyed the company of others and had a wonderful sense of humor, which she maintained even as her health declined during her final ten years. Her faith in God was important to her, and she was a true blessing to all who were lucky enough to share her life.

   Rest in peace, dear Mom and Nanna.

Surviving are:

Son: James J. Whelan                                                           Port Jervis, NY

Daughter: Mary Anne Weiss and her husband Bob              Middletown, NY

Grandchildren: Melissa Lixfield, Renee Sarria and her husband Carlos, and James Weiss and his wife Denise

Great-Grandchildren: Conor, Regan and Caden Sarria

Also many nieces and nephews

She was predeceased by her husband, James H. Whelan, and by their daughter, Laura McGeahy.

Friends and family may call at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 with a prayer service at 10:15 am at the funeral home followed by a 11:00 am Mass at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 W. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY with Rev. Aaron Baughman officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Agnes’ name to: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 W. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to St. Joseph's Place, 160 E. Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Funeral arrangements by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis. 845-856-5191. For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit