Marilyn Whiteley Obituary: Formerly of Hellertown, Passed Away

Marilyn V. Whiteley, beloved wife of Roger L. Whiteley, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024 at Kirkland Village in Bethlehem at the age of 93. Born on Dec. 11, 1930, in Trenton, N.J., Marilyn was the daughter of Seymour L. and Mary E. (Arnold) VanOrden. She graduated from Morrisville High School in 1947 and earned her BA in Medical Secretarial Science from Rider College in 1949. Marilyn worked as a Medical Secretary until the birth of her first child.

She was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem since 1954, where she served on the Board of Deacons in 1966. Marilyn was also involved in various volunteer activities, including the St. Luke’s Ladies Aid Society and the Cort Center for Handicapped Horseback Riding. She had a deep love for animals, especially her dogs, and was an avid horsewoman.

Key Takeaways:

  • Marilyn Whiteley, beloved wife of Roger L. Whiteley, passed away at the age of 93.
  • She was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem.
  • Marilyn was actively involved in volunteer activities and had a love for animals.
  • She had a BA in Medical Secretarial Science from Rider College.
  • Marilyn leaves behind a legacy of kindness, compassion, and love for her family.

Remembering Marilyn Whiteley and Her Legacy

Marilyn Whiteley left a lasting impact on her loved ones and her community. She is survived by her devoted husband of 71 years, Roger L. Whiteley, and her children: Jon (Denise) Whiteley, Joanne (John) Burtner, Jeffrey (Denice) Whiteley, and son-in-law Richard McVoy. Her family expanded to include six cherished grandchildren: Mary, Rachel, Jonathan, Andrew, Brittany, and Jaime, as well as three adored great-grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Marilyn exemplified love, compassion, and dedication. Her daughter, Joy W. Ackerman, and sister, Suzanne Mount, predeceased her, leaving a void in the family. To honor Marilyn’s heartfelt contributions, a private memorial service will be held according to the family’s wishes.

If you wish to share your condolences, please visit the Marilyn Whiteley tribute page on In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society of the United States or St. Luke’s Hospice to support causes close to Marilyn’s heart.

“Marilyn’s love for her family and commitment to serving others will forever be remembered.”

Survived By:Roger L. Whiteley (Husband)
Children:Jon (Denise) Whiteley Joanne (John) Burtner Jeffrey (Denice) Whiteley
Son-in-Law:Richard McVoy
Grandchildren:Mary, Rachel, Jonathan, Andrew, Brittany, Jaime

Celebrating Marilyn Whiteley’s Life and Contributions

Marilyn Whiteley lived a full and meaningful life, leaving behind a lasting impact on her family, friends, and community.

She dedicated herself to her family and church, spreading kindness and love to all those around her. Her volunteer work and love for animals showcased her compassionate nature.

Marilyn will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and unwavering love for her family. As we celebrate her life, let us cherish the memories she has left behind and continue to honor her legacy of love, kindness, and service.

Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be offered

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