Wanda June (Bailey) Lutz

Wanda June (Bailey) Lutz Battle Creek Wanda June (Bailey) Lutz, 85, formerly of Battle Creek died at West Woods of Niles on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. She was born November 13, 1926 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Roy Smith Bailey and Iva Jane (Mosier) Bailey. Wanda spent her childhood and most of her adult life in Battle Creek. She was a 1944 graduate of Lakeview High School. On August 4, 1945, she married Gordon M. Lutz in the Miller Chapel of the First Congregational Church in Battle Creek. Wanda and Gordon were members of the Ceresco Fun Club and enjoyed square-dancing, traveling and camping. During their marriage they traveled to all of the 48 contiguous states and made many friends and acquaintances throughout their journey in life together. Both Wanda and Gordon were members of Lakeview Baptist Church and celebrated over 50 years as members of the congregation. Wanda was employed by Lakeview Public Schools for many years at Territorial Elementary and Lakeview High School. Her primary work however, was serving as a homemaker for her family. After her husband, Gordon's death in 2001, her health began to fail and she moved to Brentwood Assisted Living in Niles, MI to be closer to family, but she always considered Battle Creek-Lakeview as her home. Wanda was also preceded in death by her parents, four siblings and their spouses, Irene (Harold) Teller, Donald (Dorothy) Bailey, Maxine (Winton) Cable, and Kenneth (Rosalie) Bailey. She is survived by three daughters and their spouses, Carol (Gary) McKean of Buchanan, MI, Kathy (Chris) VanSingel of Orange City, FL, and Patricia (George) McGrath of Danville, CA; four grandchildren, Brian (Amy) McKean of Buchanan, MI, Erin (Stephen Sullivan) McKean-Sullivan of Ann Arbor, MI, Matthew (Chrissy) VanSingel of Deland, FL, and Morgan McGrath of Eugene, OR and Danville, CA. She was also pleased to have an honorary grandson, Frank Lin of Ann Arbor, and honorary granddaughter, Nahoko Yoshino of Tokyo, Japan; and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jillian, and Addison McKean, Brian Lin, and Rory Sullivan. Friends will be received at the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home in Battle Creek, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Saturday, where funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 7 South 20th St., Battle Creek, MI 49015; Faith United Methodist Church, 728 N. Detroit St., Buchanan, MI 49107 or Hospice at Home, 4017 Chamberlain Rd., Buchanan, MI 49107. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Oct. 4, 2012