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Genevieve Lutze - August 05, 2012


Genevieve Irene (Welper) Lutze, 84, died peacefully in her home Sunday morning, Aug. 5, 2012. She was born July 24, 1928 in Amherst to Herbert and Meta (Leben) Welper. Genevieve has two sisters, Imogene and Marcene.

Genevieve’s first nine years were spent on the Welper family farm, now the Milton Oltjenbruns farm, west of Amherst. The family then moved into Amherst, where Genevieve and Imogene had geese and goats for pets. The goats provided the family milk, cheese, cottage cheese and butter.

Genevieve attended Amherst public school for three years and then St. Paul’s Lutheran Parochial School in Amherst through eighth grade confirmation. These were her favorite school years, learning Scripture and hymns and remembering them for a lifetime.

The family then moved to Holyoke, where Genevieve attended Phillips County High School, graduating in 1946. When she entered high school, her sister Marcene was born. Genevieve was thrilled with this baby sister. She gave Marcy nighttime bottles until her mother regained her strength. She also hand-sewed Marcy’s first doll that Christmas, a rag doll with yarn hair and embroidered facial features.

Genevieve met Leslie Lutze after he returned from the war; they were married on Jan. 19, 1947. Four children were born to this union: Diane, Alan, Joan and Jill. Genevieve and Les were married for over 65 years.

After all the children were in school, she became the deputy county assessor and remained in this position at the Phillips County Courthouse for nearly 25 years. After retiring, Les and Genevieve traveled extensively across the country.

Genevieve enjoyed gardening, refinishing furniture, baking, sewing and playing with her grandchildren. She collected antiques and was especially interested in finding antique candy containers. She was also fond of reading books about early pioneer days and World War II.

Genevieve was a treasured mother who raised her children with the knowledge that they were deeply loved. Genevieve and Les have eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, with two on the way.

Preceding Genevieve in death were her parents and son, Alan.

The funeral service was held Aug. 10, at Zion Lutheran Church; Pastor Gary Rahe officiated. Interment followed at the Amherst Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the Amherst Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Gerk Funeral Homes.