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Sara R. (Brunozzi) Whalen
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, 4017 Washington Road, PMB 152, McMurray, PA 15317.

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“Dear Whalen Family, Please accept my empathy and condolences on the loss of Sara. I enjoyed chatting with her at Baptist Home when I visited my...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Grace smith

“Tom and Carol- Please accept our sympathy- what a beautiful lady!! Erin and tom king ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Erin King - Bridgeville, PA

“My deepest sympathies to Carol and Richie. I have good memories as a child visiting & eating Aunt Sara's delicious spaghetti. The many cookies she...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Brunozzi - Allison Park, PA

“Carol and Rich, I am sorry for the loss of your Mother. Even though I only knew her for a month, it was nice getting to know her. You and your...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Noreen DeRose - pittsburgh, PA

“Very sorry to hear that Sara passed away. I will always remember her as kind, gentle, and loving. She was also very generous to me and my sister...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Gregory Whalen - San Marcos, CA

“Dear Rich, Marion, Carol, Tom and Families,I'm very sorry to learn of Sara's passing. Always a kind neighbor who lived a very fruitful life. My...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Tom Graziani - Pittsburgh, PEI


Sara R. Whalen, 98, of Chicken Hill, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late Richard C. Whalen, loving mother of Carol Welch (Thomas) and Richard Whalen (Marion), dedicated grandmother to Matthew Welch (Rebecca), Melissa Whalen, Sarah Koblentz (Robert), Joseph Welch (Sarah), and Angela Hamm (Andrew), and caring great-grandmother to Robbie, Julia, Kaylie, Bennett, Noah, Rodger, Maggie, and Juniper. She was the only surviving sibling of Elizabeth Schnaubelt, Theresa Acciaroli, Anthony Brunotts, as well as Eugene, John, and Josephine Brunozzi. A veteran of World War II, Sara enlisted in the Women's Army Corps, earning the rank of Sergeant before returning to Pittsburgh. Known as Aunt Sara or Grandma to so many, Sara put others first throughout her entire life and was always willing to help every person that she met. She sacrificed for others and loved to share her delicious baked goods including cookies, nutrolls, and more. An avid reader, Sara enjoyed growing plants in gardens, playing her daily lottery numbers, snacking on chocolate candy, and looking for the best deals at the grocery store. She kept an eye out for everyone, and her work ethic was unparalleled. Sara's greatest pride was in her family, with whom she cherished spending time with during her amazing 98 years of life. Friends and family will be received from 1 to 4 p.m and 6 to 8 p.m on Sunday at WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE, 1650 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, 4017 Washington Road, PMB 152, McMurray, PA 15317.

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