William “Bill” (White Sox) L. Whalen 1940 - 2021

William “Bill” (White Sox) L. Whalen, age 81, of Grand Rapids, MN passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

Bill was born in 1940 to Leonard and Louise Whalen in Duluth, MN. Bill grew up there and graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1958. He began working as a chef in 1971, working at Hotel Duluth, Marlon Café, and Rainbow Inn. Bill moved to Grand Rapids in 1975 and from 1990 to 1998 he owned and operated Whalen’s Café in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cribbage, and cooking. Bill was a lifetime member of the Moose Club and St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond; special friend, Marjorie “Margie” Helmer; and special friend and business partner, Evelyn Korri.

He is survived by his brother, Timothy Whalen of Duluth, MN; sister, Mary (Ted) Swift of Bridgeport, MI; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Friday, September 17, 2021 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Cohasset, MN. Visitation beginning at 10 AM. Fr. Blake Rozier officiating. Burial to be in Oneota Cemetery, Duluth, MN.

Arrangements are with the Libbey Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Grand Rapids, MN. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.libbeyfuneralhome.com.

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