Margaret “Peggy” Whelan, 56, Vero Beach

Margaret “Peggy” Whelan, 56, of Vero Beach, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce.

Ms. Whelan was born Sept. 19, 1953 in Oceanside, N.Y. and moved to Florida in 1982 before moving to Vero Beach two years ago from Fort Pierce. She attended St. Clare School and Lavelle School for the Blind. Ms. Whelan was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, the National Federation for the Blind and Sight Seekers of Fort Pierce.

Survivors include her beloved mother and lifelong companion Dorothea Whelan; brother Robert Whelan; sisters Maureen Kieninger and Diane Sordoni.

She was predeceased by her father Warren Whelan, brother Francis and sister Barbara.

A Mass will be celebrated 10 s.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th Street, Vero Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Printing House for the Blind, 1839 Frankfort Avenue, PO Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206, phone 888-295-2405 or website

Arrangements are under the direction of Cox-Gifford-Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida. Condolences may be sent through

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