Joan O. Lutz

Joan O. Lutz, age 84, of Chilton, died on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at her home in Chilton. She was born July 28, 1930 in Nebraska, daughter of the late Gweneth “GD” & Charlotte Owens. Joan married Robert W. Lutz on June 22, 1951 in Milwaukee. It is often been said, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Joan Lutz certainly lived up to that ideal. She loved and supported her husband in all of his endeavors, and had to be forever flexible with his work schedules but continued to keep family at the center of their lives. Joan was a wonderful cook and made sure that dinners were partaken of as a family. She enjoyed caring for her home and her yard. She diligently worked outside maintaining a meticulous and well-manicured yard. Joan did look forward to time away from home, too. She always had the vehicle ready to get the family together and head up north to their cottage in Hazelhurst; a place where she could enjoy nature, time with her husband and children, and meals cooked on the open fire. Later in life, Joan and Bob traveled together as often as they could. As both were UW Madison alumni, and proud Badger fans, the couple went on numberous Badger Alumni Bus Tours. There was also their yearly drive to Florida in early spring for sun and warmth were perfect opportunities to enjoy each other’s company. It is true that Joan devoted much of her life to her family and their well being, but she was especially blessed by her dear friends. Joan often said that her friends enhanced her life and she cherished the lifelong and wonderful friends she had. The relationships she formed with her friends were always filled with excitement. As the ‘hostess with the mostess’ she looked forward to entertaining friends at her home, and never passed up an opportunity to play a prank on them for their birthdays. She was an active member of St. John UCC in New Holstein, belonged to several bridge clubs, was a former member of the Eastern Star, and volunteered time with various groups in the area. Joan will be greatly missed as a loving wife, lifelong mother, cherished grandmother and joyful friend. Survivors include her children: Jenifer Lutz Battiola, Eleanor Lutz; and 2 grandchildren: Robert & Paula. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Bob; a daughter: Paula; and a sister: Donna Rozman. Memorials given to the Paula Lutz Memorial Scholarship are greatly appreciated. Joan’s family would like to thank Sandy Hackbarth for all of her love and help throughout life; your kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated.

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