Hon.Theresa Whelan, retired Suffolk County Surrogate.

Retired Suffolk County Surrogate Court Judge Theresa Whelan has died, the Suffolk County Bar Association announced today.

“It is indeed hard to find words to express our regret at the passing of this splendid woman. The Old Testament’s reference to a ‘Woman of Valor,’ is an apt description of the Honorable Theresa Whelan. Her dedication to her profession, her love of her family, her service to the community and finally, her valiant battle against illness, will long be her legacy to her family and friends,” the organization said in the announcement.

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A Wading River resident, she was the wife of Suffolk Supreme Court Justice Thomas Whelan. She was a former Family Court judge and a former Supreme Court clerk.

“The Officers, Directors, Members and Staff of the Suffolk County Bar Association and The Suffolk Academy of Law join in expressing our deepest sympathies to the Honorable Thomas Whelan, J.S.C., their children and extended family,” the bar association announcement said.

The family will receive visitors on Saturday Dec. 31 from 2 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Alexander Rothwell Funeral Home, 6447 Route 25A in Wading River.

A funeral service will take place Monday, January 2 at 10 a.m. Wading River Congregational Church, 2057 North Country Road in Wading River.

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