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Friends, family celebrate special 100th birthday

by jmaloni

•Taken from the Dec. 5 Island Dispatch

Thu, Dec 11th 2014 11:20 am
Jean Wholahan celebrated her 100th birthday at Island Presbyterian Church Nov. 30. Photo No. 1: Pictured, sitting: Clifford Wholahan and Jean Wholahan. Standing, from left: Joan Photiadis, Sally Stubinger, Barbara Libby and Dorothy Westhafer. Photo No. 2: Daisy Moore, chair of the birthday party, enters the Fellowship Hall with Wholahan. (photos by Lee Tetkowski)
Jean Wholahan celebrated her 100th birthday at Island Presbyterian Church Nov. 30. Photo No. 1: Pictured, sitting: Clifford Wholahan and Jean Wholahan. Standing, from left: Joan Photiadis, Sally Stubinger, Barbara Libby and Dorothy Westhafer. Photo No. 2: Daisy Moore, chair of the birthday party, enters the Fellowship Hall with Wholahan. (photos by Lee Tetkowski)

Friends and family of longtime Grand Islander Jean Wholahan helped her celebrate reaching the milestone of a 100th birthday.

When she walked into the Fellowship Hall of the Island Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 30, Wholahan was greeted by her many good friends from her church, joined with a large group of her League of Women Voters friends. The reception included a special birthday cake, ice cream, flowers, old photos, cards and lots of memories.

Al Sommer discussed some typical examples of life when Jean was born. Wholahan was a founding member of this church. The congregation was happy to help honor her.

Lee Tetkowski spoke of Wholahan's dedication to the League of Women Voters from the 1950s on. She faithfully kept track of membership, prepared budgets and with the help of her husband, Al, who had the first local computer, prepared nonpartisan information for the pamphlet now called "They Represent You." She continues to follow League activities.

 

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