Elsa Dorothea Thum Lutz, 98, of Minneapolis, died at home on Feb. 25, 2013.
Born in Bayonne, N.J., Elsa graduated from Skidmore College in 1936. She served two years in North Africa and Italy as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II. Later, as a military wife, Elsa often moved. With her husband's retirement she settled in his home, Cambra, Pa. She was a child protection case worker for Columbia County from 1961 to 1974.
Elsa moved to Clinton, N.J., to live with her sister, Helen, for 10 years. For the last 22 years, she lived at Augustana Apartments, Minneapolis, near her daughter. In each location Elsa found and was active in a church. She sat on boards, mowed lawns, shoveled snow, taught Sunday school, raised money to build a new church, sewed curtains, made ice cream, swept basements - everything imaginable. In Minneapolis, she was an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Elsa once counted that she set up home in 25 different places.
She loved travel, visiting much of the world during her long life. She also was expert at sewing, quilting, needlepoint, rug hooking, embroidery and knitting and had a wonderful eye for both traditional and modern creations.
She was preceded in death by her husband, retired Col. Thomas Leroy Lutz, and sister, Helen Lazarus Barrett.
Surviving are her daughter, Hazel Lutz (Thomas P. Anderson), Corcoran, Minn.; sons, Thomas (Carol), Anaheim, Calif., and Charles (Karen), Lakeville, Pa.; granddaughter, Toni Lutz; niece, Patti Hoff; nephew, Herman Lazarus (Bonnie); and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held Friday , March 22, at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis. A second memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 9 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Augustana Health Care Center, 1007 E. 14th St., Minneapolis.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be given to the American Red Cross or to PORTICO Interfaith Housing Collaborative, 2610 University Ave. W, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55114.