Jean Whitcomb

March 21, 1940January 21, 2019

Jean Whitcomb, age 78, of Wexford, Pennsylvania and formerly of Orland, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home.

Jean was born on March 21, 1940 in Sturgis, Michigan to Ralph W. and Velma Jeanette (Guernsey) Whitcomb.

She graduated Orland High School, and Purdue University Fort Wayne, and later Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Jean started her career at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a registered medical technologist. She later moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and worked for Fisher Scientific, where she held several positions over the years in sales and marketing, and retired as a director with the company. Jean was also a member of the Clinical Lab Managers Association.

After retirement, Jean moved back home to Orland for a few years and was a member of the Orland United Methodist Church. She eventually moved back to the Pittsburgh area, and spent the remainder of her years in Wexford, Pennsylvania.

Survivors include her friend of fifty years, Mary Ann Franchak of Wexford, Pennsylvania, a sister-in-law, Connie Whitcomb of Greenville, South Carolina, nieces, Julie Ross of Angola, Indiana, Natalie (Joseph) Rizzo of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Leslie (Michael) Kucsinkas of Saline, Michigan, great-nephews, Josh Ross, Nathan Ross, and Anthony Rizzo, and great-nieces, Monica Rizzo, Sofie Kucsinkas, and Amanda Kucsinkas.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Gary Whitcomb.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm Monday, January 28, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana, with Pastor Craig Johnson officiating.

Calling hours will be held prior to the funeral service from 11 am until 1 pm Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow the services at Greenlawn Cemetery, Orland, Indiana.

Memorial donations in her memory may be directed to the Orland Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 446, Orland, Indiana 46776.


  • Orland Fire and Rescue


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 28, 2019

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Robert Kovar

February 21, 2019

I worked with Jeanie at Fisher Healthcare as we both reported to John "Jack" Daniels. She was a consummate professional and just a great person and pleasure to be around.

Wilbur Pumpaly

January 30, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jean! I worked with Jean when she was with Fisher Scientific, I was a sales manager in Philadelphia and Washington. Interestingly, I am also a Geneva graduate Class of 1961. Again, I am so sorry for your loss.


W.D. "Wib" Pumpaly
Town Administrator
Charlestown, Maryland

Jan Chategnier

January 30, 2019

Can you cry and smile at the same time? So sorry for OUR loss. Worked with Jeannie at Fisher Scientific - she was a terrific mentor and helped ALL the reps in SO many ways - fond memories....RIP

Jack & Elizabeth Oakley

January 27, 2019

Jeannie was a dear friend of ours & my Mother, Ruby Alleshouse. I knew her from Brighton Schools Years, where she graduated with the class of 1958, as President of her class. ( not Orland High School ) as her obituary stated) . She had a gift of speaking & was a co-organizer of 2 Brighton School reunions in the years of 2006 & 2009, at the Das Essenhaus House, Middlebury, In. She Also was a big help with the 2015 Brighton School Reunion, & drove several times , from Wexford, Pa ,to assist me & others, in planning, preparing & presenting the reunion on that special day, August 29th. , which was held in Sturgis ,MI ,Young Auditorium. She also had a lot to do with the building of the new Orland Fire Station , the street lights & was active n the Orland ME Church, while living at Wall Lake. Rest In Peace.

Paul Bell

January 27, 2019

Wanted to extend my deepest sympathy. Brought back memories of the good times at Parkview laboratory in the 60's and 70's. "Jeannie" tried to keep us ornery people in line.

Natalie Rizzo

January 23, 2019

Aunt Jeanne, I will always remember your love of life and your contagious laughter. We always anticipated your visits and unfailingly when you walked in the door, the party had arrived! You have been an invaluable source of strength and support my entire life and for that i shall always be grateful. I will miss you everyday but rest assured, whenever i think of you i can't help but smile. You were a "Rae" of sunshine for all that knew you. Rest in Peace Aunt Jeanne.