Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Joni M. Whelan, 54

Mrs. Joni M. Whelan, 54, of Ellwood City passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Joni was born on May 4, 1966 in Ellwood City to the late Batiste “Butts” and Mary Isabella (Tabay) Pansera. She had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1984. Joni had worked at the former Ames Department Store and most recently at Sherwin Williams as an assistant manager. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, and the ladies of the MOOSE #93. Joni, along with her daughter, founded the Butterfly Foundation which is in memory of her daughter Christina. She will be remembered as a kind hearted person who was always there to help other people.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Randy Whelan whom she married on August 3, 1985, her daughters, Nichol (Benjamin) Patterson and Amanda (Kevin) McCarty both of Ellwood City, her grandchild, Tanner McCarty, her step-mother, Antoinette (Tomeo) Pansera of Ellwood City, her brothers, John (Kathy) Pansera of Ellwood City, Joseph (Marcella) Pansera of California, and James (Maureen) Pansera of Ellwood City, her step-sisters, Paula Arkwright of Ellwood City and Ida Darr of Chippewa Twp, her step-brothers, David (Nora) Swesey of Ellwood City and Ronald (Lori) Swesey of West Pittsburgh. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Sarah Whelan of Ellwood City, and her sister-in-law, Lee Ann (Ted) Gibson of Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Christina M. Whelan in 2011, her father-in-law, Ron Whelan, and her nephew, Joshua Gibson.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 4-8 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Those attending the visitation and mass are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Memorial contributions in Joni’s name may be made to the Holy Redeemer Angel Fund.


  • Kevin L Hamilton Posted August 14, 2020 1:24 pm

    To Joni’s family,

    Thank you for gracing us with this beautiful person. She was one of a kind person and will never EVER be forgotten. Keep the GOOD thoughts of her in your hearts and she will always be with you. She is now reunited with Christina and the loved ones that have went before and know that you all will be reunited someday with them. Keep the Faith and know that He will help you through whatever you need.

    Kevin L. Hamilton

  • Jean barsotti Posted August 15, 2020 9:56 am

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  • Vince. Difusco Posted August 16, 2020 12:52 pm

    I want to offer my deepest sympathy to the family she was a very kind person I have very fond memories of her

  • Vince. Difusco Posted August 16, 2020 12:55 pm

    I have very fond memories of Joanie when she was young I want to wish my very sympathy to the family

  • Vince difusco Posted August 16, 2020 1:09 pm

    I want to offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to Randy Whalen and his family and to Joanie Brothers family

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