Letitia Wilson Whelan December 31, 1933 - January 21, 2022
Letitia “Lexie” Whelan, 88, of E Syracuse passed away peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family on January 21, 2022. She was born in Syracuse, NY, daughter of the late Nicol and Mary (Harkins) Anderson. She was predeceased by her brothers, John Anderson and James Anderson.
Lexie was a communicant of St. Matthew’s parish, where she volunteered for many years at countless antique shows, church bazaars, and jail ministry bread sales.
Although she was a homemaker for most of her life, for many years Lexie worked in the cafeteria at St. Matthew’s School, volunteered in the classroom, and taught religious education, including a program for disabled students. She also provided daycare in her home, was an employee of Apple-A-Daycare in E Syracuse, and was one of the best baristas at DeWitt Wegmans for ten years.
Lexie was a dedicated and beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She always offered support and attended many of their performances and school events over the years. Chuck and Lexie were avid travelers who were able to travel throughout the United States over the years, and enjoyed spending time in Florida with friends every winter for many years. One of their most memorable trips was when they visited Ireland, Scotland and England, where they were able to spend time with the many family members who live there. One of the things Lexie was most known for were her amazing baking abilities. The smell of her home, especially around the holidays, was always reminiscent of a pie, cake, cookie or other wonderful dessert. Her legacy will go on whenever her recipes are recreated.
Lexie is survived by her beloved husband of 65 years, Chuck; children: Mary Ann Horning (Minoa) Bob Whelan (E Syracuse), and Katie (Brent) Stedman (Fayetteville); grandchildren: Norah (Joel) Mohorter, Margaret Horning, Emily Horning, Alec Horning, and Madeline Stedman; and great-grandson, Declan Edwards, sisters Helen (Ken) Osterhout, Sheila (Paul) Krause, and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022 at St. Matthew’s Church, 229 W Yates Street, E Syracuse, NY. A funeral mass in celebration of Lexie’s life will take place on Tuesday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Church. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 4100 E Genesee Street, Syracuse. A reception to honor Lexie’s life will follow at Simon-Parise VFW Post #9596, 6996 E Taft Road, E Syracuse, NY.
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