Charlotte H. Whaley, a long-time resident of Pawling, NY, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing in Danbury, CT. Charlotte was 99 – three months and one day from fulfilling her 100th year.
Daughter of Edward B. and Lina (Winship) Whaley, she was born in Patterson,
NY, on August 20, 1919, and graduated from Pawling High School in 1935.
Charlotte commenced her working career at Brady- Standard in Pawling, NY, and quickly transitioned over to Pawling Savings Bank, rising to Vice-President and Treasurer and retiring December 31, 1983, after 43 years. She was a fixture at the bank, and many associated Charlotte with the bank and the bank with Charlotte.
It was Charlotte’s zest for life that enabled her to live such a long and independent life.
Charlotte never complained about the challenges that life presented her with. She approached them head on and worked to overcome them.
Charlotte was well known in Pawling, easily recognized in her car with Autumn1 on the license plate, named after her dog, Autumn. Charlotte was an enthusiastic volunteer in the community.
She was a long-time member of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, and volunteered weekly at the Chamber Information Center in the village and coordinated the volunteer coverage of the Center up until her recent illness. She was often seen at the Chamber’s regular events selling 50/50 chances or checking people in.
For many years, Charlotte was a board member of the Pawling Resource Center, and was a long-time volunteer driver taking local residents to medical appointments up until just a few years ago. She was a proud member of the Pawling Ladies Auxiliary and would be one of the first to arrive at the Fire House if the Auxiliary was called upon to provide support for the firemen.
Charlotte was also a member of the Historical Society of Quaker Hill & Pawling, the Pawling High School Alumni Association, the Catholic Daughters, and was a faithful congregant of St. John’s Church.
Many enjoyed sitting and reminiscing with her about Pawling’s history. When people needed a question about Pawling answered, Charlotte was usually the one the people would call on. T Her vast knowledge of Pawling will also be greatly missed.
Charlotte is survived by several cousins, many, many good friends and her beloved cat, Butterscotch.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the Horn & Thomes Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY, Wednesday, May 22, from 4-8 pm. The Catholic Daughters will conduct a service at 6:30 pm and the Ladies Auxiliary will hold their service at 7pm, with members of the Pawling Fire Department joining them.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John’s Church, 39 East Main Street, Pawling, NY, on Thursday at 10 AM. Burial will follow in Pawling Cemetery.
Special thanks are extended to the nurses, staff and volunteers at the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center for Comfort Care & Healing for their loving care, compassion and support in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlotte’s memory may be made to the Pawling Fire Department, P.O. Box 132, Pawling, NY, 12564, or to the Pawling Resource Center, P.O. Box 331, Pawling, NY. 12564.
Please put “In Memory of Charlotte Whaley” on the memo line.