Emelia Anne Kennehan, 92, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, after a brief illness.
Emelia was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Sharon, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Mary K. Kuhner Whalen, and was a 1943 graduate of Sharon High School.
Emelia worked for J.C. Penney, Cambria Slag and at the National Malleable and Steel Castings Co. in Sharon. She was also a swimming instructor and a lifeguard for the American Red Cross. She loved teaching her friends how to swim.
On July 9, 1949, she married the love of her life, William Harry "Bill" Kennehan, in the original St. Joseph Church in Sharon. The couple had six children and enjoyed 61 happy years of marriage until Bill passed away May 25, 2011.
Emelia was very proud of her family, and had a strong Christian faith. Possessing a vibrant, wonderful and kind personality, Emelia was truly a joy to be around. Mrs. Kennehan was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and of the Prayer Chain.
Emelia is survived by her children, Richard Kennehan, Carol Riggins, Linda (Mark) Mikula, James (Rita) Kennehan, Ronald (Joanne) Kennehan and Jean Kennehan (Adel Hanna); grandchildren, Michelle (Sean) Lemaster, Janet (Michael) Vlaiku, Karen (John) Fitch, Nicholas Mikula, Marty Martini, Heather Kennehan (Khaled), James Jr. (Shaina) Kennehan, Eric Kennehan (fiance Heather Folkwein), Colleen Kennehan (Amanda Johnson) and Dominic Mikula; great-grandchildren, Kayla, Ashlynn, Michael, Jacob, Makayla, Carly and Emily; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and a sister-in-law, Betty Torr of Hermitage.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert M. (Sara Jane) Whalen; three sisters, Mary Frances (Jack) Pearce, Phyllis (Ozzie) Nelson and Kathleen (Allen) Linder; a grandson, Jeremy Riggins; and a son-in-law, Bill Riggins.
Emelia Anne, 92, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Sharon.
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (6-13-18) at the KINNICK FUNERAL HOME, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown. Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences to Emelia's family.
Service: Funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday (6-14-18) in the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown, where Emelia will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Published on June 11, 2018