Rae Elaine Tobis
Rae Elaine Tobis

November 5, 1930 - February 3, 2024
Born in Ackworth, Iowa
Resided in West Des Moines, Iowa
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Rae Elaine Tobis, 93, of West Des Moines, Iowa passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Funeral services will be at Iles Dunn’s Chapel in Des Moines on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 10:30 am, followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Edgewater, a Wesley Life Community, in West Des Moines.

Elaine was born on November 5, 1930, on a farm near Ackworth, Iowa. After graduation from high school, she moved to Des Moines and began work in the secretarial pool at Meredith Publishing. She married Isadore Tobis in 1952 and started a family in 1955. She later worked as a secretary for the Polk County Juvenile Court before leaving in 1965 to help her husband start a business, Des Moines Auto Auction. She retired in 1974 and went on to serve as a volunteer at several community organizations. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge and was always a gracious and thoughtful host who enjoyed cooking for family and friends. Above all, she was a kind and compassionate person who enjoyed helping other people.

Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Isadore and four siblings. She is survived by her sons; Michael Tobis, of Austin, TX, Tom (Joan) Tobis of Kihei, HI, and three grandchildren; Zachary Tobis, Steven (Jennifer) Tobis, and Sydney Tobis.

The family is deeply appreciative for the compassionate and attentive care Elaine received from the health care teams at Edgewater and Suncrest Hospice. Memorial contributions may be directed to an organization of your choice or the Tobis Emergency Assistance Fund at Children & Families of Iowa.

Rae's service will be live streamed on the Iles website. Go to just before 10:30 am Wednesday and scroll to the bottom of her obituary for the link to join the service.






Iles Dunn's Chapel
2121 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
10:30 AM
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Jewish Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
12:00 PM
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