On Sunday, April 28, 2019, Laura Louise Whitmer (Nee Frieko), loving wife and mother to three children, passed away at the age of 41.
Laura was born on September 8, 1977 in Johnstown, PA. She graduated as Valedictorian from Forest Hills High School and went on to receive her undergraduate degree from St. Francis University and her law degree from Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law. She worked as a Patent Attorney for Procter & Gamble until retiring to raise her children full-time.
On September 3, 2005, she married John Whitmer, who survives. Together they have three children—Anna, Luke, and Kate. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by her parents, Raymond and Carol Frieko, her sister, Julie Tremaine (Matthew), her brother, David Frieko, her mother-in-law, Barbara Whitmer, and three brothers-in-law—Michael Whitmer (Chin), David Whitmer (Brandie), Kevin Whitmer (Jen), as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Laura shared her birthday with the Blessed Mother and she was a blessing to everyone whose life she touched. She loved and participated in her children’s activities and volunteered regularly at Montgomery Elementary School. She was a member of Good Shepherd church. Family and friends were the central theme to Laura’s life—
School and Community Involvement
Laura was the first person to volunteer to help in her kids’ classrooms or for any school related projects. She was an active member of the PTO, serving on the Executive Board for the past 4 years. She was a room parent for each of her children’s classes and could always be found on field trips and helping to coordinate class parties.
Laura was always the first person to reach out to new families in Montgomery, connecting them with other families she knew they would like and have things in common with. Organizing meal trains, carpools, and playdates were just a few of the ways she let people know how much she cared for them.
Laura had an absolute talent in bringing people together. She could always be found hosting friends at her house, the park, or the pool with her beautiful welcoming smile and open arms. She knew just when to call or text, always making sure her friends knew how much she cared for them. She was a wonderful story teller, always engaging, warm and so fun to be around. The love, care, and energy she put into her community and friends could never be replaced. The void she has left will never be filled.
Laura was THE PERFECT mom. All of her friends looked up to her as a mother. Her energy and enthusiasm for all things related to her children was evident every single day. She was absolutely selfless in the care and energy she provided for her children. It wasn’t unusual to find Laura taking the kids from a sporting event, to the park for lunch, to the pool for dinner and then to Kings Island for the fireworks. She was tireless in providing amazing experiences for her kids. And all of her friends’ kids were richer for these experiences that Laura planned for all of us to share.
Visitation will be at the on Wednesday, May 1 from 4-8 p.m. at Church of the Saviour, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 10 a.m. at The Community of the Good Shepherd, 8815 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. Burial to follow at Spring Grove Cemetery. Memorial donations in Laura’s name can be made to the Karen Wellington Foundation, 5090 Bouchaine Way, Cincinnati, OH 45208.