Kimberly Ann (Warner) Wholean of Pawcatuck, CT, passed away at Yale New Haven Hospital on December 18th after a lengthy illness. Kim was born October 24, 1968, at Kent County Hospital in Warwick, and with the exception of two years in Yarmouth, Maine, lived her life in the Westerly-Pawcatuck area.
Kim graduated from St. Bernard High School in 1986, subsequently attending Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. degree in biology. Kim worked initially for the Rhode Island DEM, and later for the Connecticut Department of Health as an environmental analyst for the Water Resources Department.
While at Wheaton, Kim became active in the theatre program. Once back in Westerly, she continued her love of acting with performances at the Colonial Theatre, most notably in “No Sex Please, We’re British” and other independent productions. She loved gardening and time spent at the beach. More than anything, she loved time spent in fun, creative activities with her children.
Kim leaves behind her husband, Thomas Wholean of Pawcatuck; her daughter, Gwyneth (Gigi) Mahoney of Boston, MA; her son, William Wholean of Pawcatuck; and her mother, Ann Lain of Stonington. She also leaves behind two half-sisters in Colorado, Shayna and Kristen Warner; and two step-brothers, Michael Lain of Waterford, Maine and Douglas Lain of Boston. Kim was predeceased by her first husband, Denis Mahoney; her father, Jeffrey Warner; and by her step-father, Dr. Richard Lain.
Kim’s personality was often described as “sparkling”. She would light up any room she was in with her smile, her laugh and a wit that will be sorely missed. The family wishes to express their grateful appreciation to the doctors and nurses at Norwalk and Yale New Haven hospitals for their care and compassion in her final days.
In light of the current pandemic, a memorial service will be postponed until such time as all who wish may attend. In the meantime, in lieu of flowers and because of her love of animals, a contribution may be made in her name to Stand Up for Animals (33 Larry Hirsch Lane, Westerly, RI 02891).
Arrangements have been entrusted by the Buckler-Johnston Funeral Home, 121 Main St. Westerly, RI.
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