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Joseph A. Wholey, Jr.

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather

      Joseph A. Wholey, Jr., 95, of Lowell, died Monday afternoon, April 25th, at Lowell General Hospital with his loving family at his bedside.
     He was the devoted husband and loving caregiver of the late Doris G. (McKeon) Wholey who died April 14, 2011. They were married for nearly 65 wonderful years.
     Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, June 14, 1920, the son of the late Joseph A. and the late Rose E.(Cassidy) Wholey, Sr., Joe attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Keith Academy. He then went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute (now U Mass Lowell).
      Joe was a lifelong communicant of the former St. Columba’s, now known as St. Rita’s Catholic Church, in Lowell and was a member of the Holy Name Society of his parish.
     A veteran of World War II, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was stationed first at Bradley Field, Hartford, CT, and for most of the war, in Saipan, as a B-29 bomb loader. Sgt. Wholey was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation as well as other battle awards for his service. 
     Joe worked as a book binder and printer for over 35 years before he retired from Courier Citizen.  He was also a Life Member of the Lowell Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
     Among his many interests, Joe enjoyed spending time golfing, vacationing with his family, visiting his children and grandchildren in California, Utah and Virginia, among other locales. He especially loved Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays giving him the opportunity to make many memories with his great-grandchildren.
     Joe is survived by a daughter Kathleen Loucks and her husband Michael of Woodbridge, VA; a son James J. Wholey of Lowell; a granddaughter Kimberly Loucks Mumpower, Esq. and her husband Claude of Bristol, VA; a grandson Christopher Loucks and his wife Tammy of Cleveland, OH; his two great granddaughters McKeon Mumpower and Lucy Loucks; his step-great-grandchildren Peyton and Parker Mumpower; and two nieces Sharon Wholey and Lynne Dailey and her husband Alan, all of Lowell.
     He was also the brother of the late Leonard T. Wholey, and his wife, the late Joyce (King) Wholey and uncle of the late Leonard T. Wholey, Jr.
     A special Thank You to Anne, Carol, Karen, Martha, and Shauna of Home Health VNA; Joe particularly enjoyed your visits. The family is deeply indebted to the professional dedication and loving care shown by the entire staff of the Lowell General Hospital’s Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU).

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at the corner of Fletcher St. from 3 to 7 P.M. on Friday. His funeral will take place from the Funeral home on Saturday morning at 10 o’clock followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 o’clock at the Parish of Saint Rita Church, 158 Mammoth Rd., Lowell. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Lowell General Hospital ( or a Parkinson's Disease organization such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( E-condolences/Directions at Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O'Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.












Condolences (3)
  • Martha Flood  - so sorry for your loss
    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a pleasure to work with always willing to exercise. May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Wholey family.
  • Toni Nuzzo
    Kathy, Mike and family. My prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
  • Lipp and Dickey Family  - To the Loucks and Mumpower Families
    Kathy, Mike, Kim and Chris, Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear father and grandfather. Sincerely, Sue, Robyn, Joe, Jacqueline, John, Walter and Isabella
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