Jean Irene (Halbeisen) Leite, 89, long time Toledo resident, passed peacefully from her Earthly life on Thursday, April 7, 2022. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Bernard Leite, and her three daughters, Julie Franczek (Vince) of Hinckley, Ohio, Janet Miller (Rod) of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Carol Helm (Chris) of Centerville, Ohio. She had thirteen grandchildren: Meghan, Zachary, Benjamin, Matthew, and Christian Franczek; Alexandra Miller Trame (Tyler), Andrew, Nathaniel, Bennett and Ethan Miller; Abigail, Alexander and Austin Helm. Jean was immensely proud of her children and all of her grandchildren.
Jean was born on August 10, 1932 in Fremont, Ohio where she was raised on the family farm. She was a graduate of Fremont Ross High School. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Irene Halbeisen; grandson, Zachary Franczek; brothers, Howard and Richard Halbeisen and sisters, Mary Haaser and Joan Halbeisen.
Jean will be remembered as an avid Ohio State fan. Jean and Bernard held Ohio State season football tickets for several decades and enjoyed traveling near and far to support the Buckeyes, including countless bowl games and two National Championship games. Jean and Bernard were well known for their spirit and famous tailgate parties. Jean also enjoyed traveling, working in the yard, and planting and tending to her flowers. Later in life she looked forward to election season and working the polls, and as many games of BINGO as possible.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the loving and compassionate staff of StoryPoint in Waterville where both Jean and Bernard have resided for the past several years, as well as the caring and devoted nurses of Elara Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church, 5522 Dorr Street, Toledo, Ohio. Family and friends are welcome to gather beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Little Flower Church before Mass. Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
The family asks that those wishing to make a remembrance of Jean to consider Elara Hospice or the Scholarship Fund at St. John's Jesuit High School and Academy in lieu of flowers.
Mom: Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but aways near, still loved, still missed and very dear.
Arrangements by the Thos. I. Wisniewski Funeral Home (419)531-4424.