Mary Jane Whelan

July 15, 1955 – June 23, 2024


Mary Jane Whelan (née Grayson), aged 68, passed away on June 23, 2024, surrounded by loved ones in her daughter’s home in Aston, Pennsylvania. Born on July 15, 1955, in Darby, Pennsylvania, she was a beautiful soul known for her bright smile and a cherished presence in the lives of her family and friends.

Mary Jane graduated from Ridley High School and dedicated many years to serving the community through her work. She was a server at Trieste Restaurant in Prospect Park from 1988 to 1998 and at Sam’s Saloon in Glenolden from 1998 to 2013. In 2013, she began working as a Clerk at the County of Delaware District Court, a position she held until her passing.

A caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, Mary Jane was known for her warmth, kindness, and compassion. She cherished every moment spent watching her children and grandchildren grow up, and her true passion was the true love she shared with her beloved husband.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Whelan Jr.; her children, Christina W. Cangemi (Mike) and Caroline E. Jackson (Brian); her grandchildren, Dante T. Cangemi and Nathan M. Cangemi; her siblings, Elizabeth E. Westerberg, William P. Grayson, and John F. Grayson along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick Thomas Whelan, and her parents, Jesse R. Grayson and Elizabeth M. Grayson (Feeney).

Visitation will be held at 10:00 am, followed by Mass at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 9th at Saint John Chrysostom Catholic Church, 617 S Providence Road, Wallingford, Pa 19086. Interment will be private. Griffith Funeral Chapel in Norwood, Pennsylvania, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bringing Hope Home, an organization close to Mary Jane’s heart. Mary Jane’s life and legacy will be remembered fondly by all who knew her.

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  1. Donna Benenhaley

    I am praying for you Tom and Mary Jane’s beautiful children in your time of sorrow
    She was always so lovely warm n caring when I would see her anywhere. I am so sorry for your loss. 🙏❤️

  2. Marie Hicks

    I am so sorry, prayers for the Whelan family

  3. Sylvia Grayson

    Prayers for you all. Maryjane was the sweetest lady. I loved her so much.

  4. Liz

    My Beautiful Baby sister Mary Jane or “Babe” as we called her. Being the Baby girl of 9 and my only sister. She was my VBF, she kept me going when I thought I just couldn’t . In my time of such sorrow and agony she checked and talked with me everyday to make sure I was good….. late nights, early mornings ….. God give me the strength you gave this strong , Beautiful sister. I Love you RIP💔💔🙏

  5. George Feeser

    MJ was the voice of reason and would light up a room with her warmth and smile. Working with her was always a pleasure and customers absolutely adored her. May she be greeted by a choir of angels in heaven. Prayers going out to her family and friends. 🙏

    • Elaine Hollis

      My memory of Maryjane was her warm heart and soft spoken voice I’m glad I had the chance to know her Blessings to your family ♥️🙏

  6. Don Meyers

    I am sorry to read about Mary Jane’s passing, my prayers to Tom, Christina and Caroline. Brought back a lot of memories, AGAIN, sorry for your loss and my sincerest condolences.


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