In Memory of




Obituary for Gretchen V. Whalen

    Gretchen Van Syckle Whalen died December 30, 2023 at The Nottingham senior living community in Jamesville, where she was an active resident for nearly eight years. She was 96 years old.

     Gretchen was born in Woodbridge, NJ to Harold and Ruth Van Syckle. She earned a B.A. from Connecticut College, and master’s degrees from Newark State College and SUNY Albany. She was a long-time resident of Cooperstown and Manilus, and was involved in many community activities during her time in both villages.

     Gretchen is predeceased by her husband and world travel partner Dr. Edward F. Whalen, and by her brother Dr. Guy Van Syckle. She is survived by her daughter Mary Sue Arcuri, son Mark L. Whalen, a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

      The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Nottingham staff for their outstanding, compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Gretchen’s memory to The Nottingham Resident Forum, Attn: Employee Holiday Fund.

      A graveside service will be held in Cooperstown at a later date.