Kathleen S. Whalen, “Kat”, 60, of Wheeling, WV, died Friday May 20th, 2022 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She was born May 17th, 1962 in Delaware County, Pennsylvania to the late Robert S. Cox and Hazel L. Cox. She grew up in the Wheeling area with her three younger brothers.
Kat attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School and Wheeling Park High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at age 17. She spent her military career operating flight simulators and training F-14 Navy pilots at Oceana and Dam Neck Naval Bases in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece for her only overseas vacation and she often shared the experience with her children. Upon completion of her military service, she worked for Grumman Contractors – a government contracting company.
After moving back to Wheeling, WV she married her late husband, “Wally,” and dedicated her life to family and friends. She raised her four children and ran the family home in Woodsdale. Always the life of the party, Kat knew how to have a good time and touched the lives of the many friends she had around the neighborhood. She was a member of Saint Michaels Cathothic Church in Wheeling and a past member of Dobkin Bros. Dart League. Kat loved music, dancing, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and was always there to help others and give advice in times of need.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Timothy W. “Wally” Whalen, and her youngest son, Timothy P. “Timmy” Whalen. She is also preceded in death by her three brothers, Robert “Bobby” Cox Jr., David Cox, and Louis Wolfe.
Kat is survived by her loving children- daughter Kimberly N. Clovis and husband Joey M. Clovis, son Brian N. Barber and their father Charles A. Barber Jr. and youngest daughter Martha R. Whalen, her fiance Anthony R. Jacovetty, and grandson Lincoln E. Jacovetty, several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Services will be held on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Elm Grove Chapel, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, with a memorial service to begin at 11:00 AM.