Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

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Jean Louise Whitlatch

July 14, 1953September 3, 2019

WHITLATCH, Jean Louise, age 66, of Springboro, Ohio, formerly of Storm Lake, Iowa, died on September 3, 2019 after a short battle with brain cancer. Jean was born on July 14, 1953 to John and Helen (Graff) Elsasser in Berea, Ohio. She was a graduate of Strongsville, Ohio High School and attended Miami University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1975. She was united in marriage to Dr. Michael Whitlatch on August 23, 1975. Their union was blessed with a son, Andrew. She was employed for many years in the Storm Lake, Iowa public school system working in the Special Education program. She loved to travel, take long walks, read, snuggle with her dogs, and attend her son’s music and athletic events. Upon retiring, Mike and Jean moved to Ohio in order to spend more time with her son, his wife Amel, and her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Foremost in her mind was thinking of others. Jean is survived by her husband of 44 years, her son Andrew (Amel) Whitlatch, and grandchildren Mina and Owen of Centerville, Ohio. Her brother Craig (Catalina) Elsasser of Oakdale, California, brother-in-law Dr. Stephen (Amy) Whitlatch of Cincinnati, Ohio, sister-in-law Patti (Doug) Williams of Pickerington, Ohio, and sister-n-law Moira Elsasser of Snoqualmie, Washington, and several nieces and nephews. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, her older brother Lynn Elsasser, father-in-law Harry Whitlatch, mother-in-law Ruth Whitlatch, and brother-in-law David Whitlatch. Calling hours will be 2:00-5:00pm on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Avenue at Rahn Road, Dayton, Ohio, 45429. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Road, Dayton, Ohio 45417. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, September 8, 2019


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Marta Sandoval

September 9, 2019

I was saddened to hear that Jean passed away. My deepest sympathy for you and your family!

I enjoyed working with her and chatting with her. I will cherish those fond memories and her kindness!

Kathy Hansen

September 9, 2019

Dear Dr. Whitlatch and Andy and family,

I was so very sorry to learn about Jean’s passing. She was a wonderful woman - always so kind and friendly to everyone. She loved her family so much and that was always so apparent. My sincerely sympathy and prayers to you. May God keep you in His care.
Sincerely, Kathy Hansen

Dennis Dykema

September 6, 2019

Dear Mike and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Jean's passing. She was a wonderful, kind, and generous person. You were both great neighbors on Iowa Street. We hope your memories of this beautiful lady will sustain you through your grief. You have our deepest sympathy.

Diane and Dennis Dykema

Ken Converse

September 6, 2019

Mike and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for all of you during this difficult time. Ken & Karna Converse

Chris Boeckman

September 6, 2019

Never saw Jean not smiling. So sorry to hear this, all the best to Mike and Andy and family, Chris and Kandi Boeckman family.

Stephanie Quick

September 6, 2019

I remember so fondly Jean.... I was on the Witter Gallery board when she was hired...( I think her first job in Storm Lake). She was a wonderful director before she worked for the school system.. Always positive, smiling and so efficient... She will be missed by many!!!
Sending love and sympathy to you all!

Jan Logan

September 5, 2019

So sorry to hear about your loss. I met Jean working at S.L. Schools. She was such a wonderful friend...kind, smart, and funny. She will be missed by so many.

Tim and Bev Mach

September 5, 2019

Our hearts are hurting learning of Jean’s death. She was a special lady and I will always remember her smile. We are thinking of all of you during this sad time.

Jan and Kev McKenna

September 5, 2019

Mike, Andy, and family. My heart aches for all of you. It was a year ago we saw you at Rach and Dave’s house in Dayton. Lunch on the Monday, Sept. 10. Who would of thought our dear Jean would be gone now. 😢😔 it is so sad.
So enjoyed seeing you all. Andy’s children are adorable. Know Mike and Jean were so proud to be in Ohio to be with you.
Our deepest sympathy for her loss. May your wonderful memories of her be with you during this difficult time. ❤️

Leonard Lillskau

September 5, 2019


I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.
My prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
Please know that your friends love you and are here for you.
I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve.
Leonard Fox Lillskau