Kathryn Ann Whalen, 71, longtime Realtor, former board president

Kathryn Ann Whalen, long time resident of Ridgefield, died, on November 11, 2012 at Danbury Hospital.  She was 71 years old and beloved wife of Martin P. Whalen, to whom she was married for 32 years.

Mrs. Whalen was born in Tulsa, OK, November 25, 1940, daughter of the late Robert L. and Dorothy (Bolch) Triplett.  She graduated from Will Rodgers High School in 1958 and was Finance Major at The University of Michigan.

Kathy moved her family to Ridgefield in 1972, where she became a top Professional Realtor in the Town of Ridgefield for over 25 years.  She began her career at Mary Hagan Associates, then onto Neumann Real Estate, Fitzgerald and Hastings and eventually to Coldwell Banker where she excelled as a top Associate.  She earned many Coldwell Banker International President's Elite Awards including the coveted Number One Sales Associate Award for the state of Connecticut in 1992.

She was President of the Board of Realtors in Ridgefield from 1980 to 1989.  She remained a member of the National Association of Realtors and Connecticut Association of Realtors throughout her career.

In addition to her husband Martin, she is survived by her son, Alan E. Smart, wife, Beverly and grandson, Samuel of Leesburg, VA; her daughter, Pamela Smart and Steven Chimblo of Greenwich, CT; her son, Robert L. Smart, of Mexico, and grandson Mathew of Ossining, NY; her brother, Robert L. Triplett Jr., wife, Sabrina of Tulsa, OK; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 10:15 am in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield with Father Russell Augustine, parochial vicar, officiating.

Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum at St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield.

The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Friday, November 16, 2012 from 4 pm to 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Kathy's name may be made to one or both of these charities: American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 372 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897