Martha Jane Whalen

December 18, 1947 - December 18, 2017

“In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song.”

Martha Jane Whalen of Solon, Ohio, passed peacefully on December 18, 2017- her 70th birthday- surrounded by her precious family at her daughter’s home in Prosper, Texas. She was born on December 18, 1947 in Steubenville, Ohio to Hilda (Stuck) and Edwin Lawyer. Jane was a proud graduate of West Virginia University and an avid WVU football fan.  On June 30, 2012, she married Bill Whalen, Sr.  Jane was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who adored spending quiet evenings with her husband and sweet little Scottie, Sadie. She also coveted any time spent with her five precious grandchildren, laughing with friends in her bridge group, Bible study and book club, and sharing quiet moments with her Lord.   

Jane is survived by her husband, Bill; daughter, Jennifer Schneider and her husband, Mitchell; step-sons, Bill Whalen Jr. and his wife, Brenda and Rocco Whalen and his wife, Alexis; three grandchildren, Grant, Garrett and Clayton Schneider; two step-grandchildren, Hannah and Brandon Whalen; brother, Bob Lawyer and his wife, Sharon. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Signature of Solon Country Club in Solon, Ohio.  In lieu of flowers, family asks for any donations to be made to the Cleveland Food Bank, greaterclevelandfoodbank.org, or to Grace Bridge, gracebridge.us. 

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I was shocked and saddened at the news of Jane's passing. My prayers have been with the rest of the family during this sad and difficult time. Our hope is in our faith. I know Jane is with the Lord she loved and we can rejoice in that and the knowledge that we will all see each other again. She is singing with the greatest choir of all! Mary Zierold, February 1, 2018 We are still wrestling with the news of Janie’s passing. We hold you Bill, and Jenny, Mitch and the boys, in our hearts and prayers. Please let us know how we may help. Love, Russ and Nancy Russ and Nancy Valentine, December 23, 2017 Jane' friendship was a gift I cherish. Nora S. Boland, December 23, 2017 I am so very sorry to hear about Jane. My sincere condolences to Bill, Jennifer, Bob, and her entire family. Jane has been my BFF since 6th grade, and I will miss her loving nature, her sensitive manner, her fun-loving ways, and our long talks on the phone. I thank God for our enduring friendship. God bless all those who will miss our great lady. Bye, bye Jane, I love you. Linda U. Voelker, December 21, 2017 We are so sorry for your deep loss. Loosing Jane is a loss to all of us, but heaven's gain. You are in our thoughts and prayers. In the love of the Lord Jesus, Dave and Bitsy Cameron, of Parkside Church Bainbridge. Dave and Bitsy Cameron, December 21, 2017 So very sorry and my deepest sympathy to the Schneider and Whalen families. We were with her playing bridge just few days prior to her leaving for Texas. She talked at length of how this was going to be such a special trip to be with her loves for Christmas. She truly was filled up with love and excitement. I will miss her. You are all in my thoughts. Karen O'Brien, December 21, 2017