Nov. 13, 1922 — March 27, 2013
Emily Whalen passed away March 27, 2013, after suffering a severe stroke while in Marshall Hospital recovering from a bleeding ulcer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Vern Whalen. She was born in Eureka, Calif., and raised in a redwood timber logging camp by her parents, who had emigrated from Finland. Her father Emil was a faller and mother Lena was a camp cook. Emily attended local schools in the Eureka area and went on to attend Humboldt State College, where she graduated in 1952 as the student in her class with the highest honors in scholastic achievement. She and Vern had become teachers shortly after and worked all over Northern California, eventually buying a home in Camino in 1960.
Emily was hired by the El Dorado Union High School District as their Homemaking teacher, where she taught from 1960-1978. A curriculum she initiated at that time was a boy’s cooking class, which became very popular and was featured on several Sacramento television news stories from time to time. After she retired she traveled all over the world for many years, visiting numerous countries, including her parents’ homeland, Finland. No matter where she was in El Dorado County — whether it was at the bank, grocery stores, pharmacies or even doctor and hospital visits — her former students would recognize her and say hello. She made a lasting impression on everyone she associated with and was known for her kind demeanor and beaming smile.
Emily is survived by a son, Phil Whalen and wife, Carolyn of Pollock Pines; daughter, Chris Whalen of South Lake Tahoe; granddaughters, Amy Sargent of Placerville and Lindsey of South Lake Tahoe; great-granddaughters, Bailey and Kendal of Placerville; and great-grandson, Talin, who was born March 21.
Emily’s wishes were to have no services and she was a great supporter of the Disabled Veterans Association. She and her family greatly appreciated Marshall Hospital and their Transitional Care Center for their professional and emotional care provided during her stay.