Israel Sky "Izzy" Whalen, 23, of Orwigsburg, formerly of Hazleton, has passed away.

Israel was born in Hazleton, July 12, 1994, a son of Gina Celeste Kucinski Whalen, wife of Travis Williams, Orwigsburg, and Joseph Daniel Whalen Jr., Mountain Top.

Israel graduated from Hazleton Area High School in 2012. He attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida for two years as well as Penn State Schuylkill.

He was an avid reader, an aspiring artist and a very talented musician. Music was his passion. He was proficient at playing a number of different instruments and performed with several bands. Most of all, he loved to write and record his own original music.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leonard Kucinski and Joseph Daniel Whalen Sr.

In addition to his parents, Israel is survived by his brother, Zackary Whalen, Florida; maternal grandmother, Celeste Carbe Kucinski, Hazleton; paternal grandmother, Carol Whalen, Barnesville; aunts, Celeste Kucinski and Jill Whalen; uncles, Marlon Kucinski and Leonard Kucinski, husband of Bobbie; cousin, Leo Kucinski.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at Kimmels Church, Orwigsburg, with the Rev. Preston Broadhurst officiating. Friends are welcome to the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service to visit with the family.

Israel was an avid reader and a lover of books - he owned hundreds. He loved giving and getting books from every Little Free Library he saw. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a fund that will be used to build Little Free Libraries in Israel's honor. Checks can be made to Gina Whalen and mailed to Kimmels Church, 179 Pine Creek Drive, Orwigsburg, PA 17961. Hamilton-Breiner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Orwigsburg, has been entrusted with arrangements.