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Patricia Luchtenberg

1936 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
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Luchtenberg, Patricia
1936 - 2017
Patricia "Patty" Ann (Cassidy) Luchtenberg, age 81, went peacefully home to the Lord on Sunday, October 1, 2017 after a long illness. Patty was born on September 3, 1936 in Columbus, the second of three children born to the late John and Frances (Schultz) Cassidy. She is survived by her loving husband of almost 62 years, Richard W. Luchtenberg; brother Mike (Marilyn); sister-in-law Carol; eight children: Mary (Jeff) Gardner of Bexley; Steve (Debbie) Luchtenberg of Lancaster; Linda (Marvin) Pakizer of Westerville; Sue (Jim) Testaguzza of Westerville; Nancy (Bob) Stecklein of Columbus; Joe (Kim) Luchtenberg of Hampton, Virginia; Jim (Tracy) Luchtenberg of St. Petersburg, Florida; and David (Leslie) Luchtenberg of Upper Arlington; twenty grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, four nieces and nephews and several grand-nieces and -nephews. She is preceded in death by brother Daniel, son Elijah (miscarriage), and grandson Ben. Raised in Bexley, Patty attended St. Catharine grade school, St. Mary of the Springs High School, and one year of a 4-year scholarship to St. Mary of the Springs College, before leaving school in 1955 to marry Dick Luchtenberg, her high school sweetheart. Patty had a wide range of interests, many talents, and a large and tender heart for her husband and family. She was an avid reader, talented seamstress, had a gardener's "green thumb," and was a wonderful cook and award-winning baker (known for her legendary cream pie). She and Dick were enthusiastic bridge players, involved in men's, women's and couple's bridge clubs through the years. Patty and Dick were also avid fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Patty was blessed from childhood with a gift for music, singing in several school and church choirs, and self-taught on the ukulele and guitar. Numerous special family memories involve singing and playing music together with many of her children and grandchildren, who carry on her musical legacy. As a full time homemaker, Patty had a gift for gracious hospitality, often opening her home to entertain large numbers of family and friends. In 1975, Patty and Dick even felt led to take in a family of Vietnamese refugees. For three months they were outnumbered in their own home, when their family of nine (at that time) was temporarily joined by a Vietnamese family of twelve. Patty had a heart for a variety of charities. She volunteered with Bexley Music Parents, was an instructor for the La Leche League and taught Parent Infant classes for Pregnancy Decision Health Centers. After her children were grown, Patty worked for 21 years as Office Manager and "Voice of the Newsreel" for the monthly recorded publication of Newsreel for the Blind. Beginning in the 1970s, Patty and Dick were drawn to a deeper walk in faith, founding a Catholic Charismatic prayer group at St. Pius X Church in Reynoldsburg. When they moved to St. Catharine Parish in Columbus, they started another Catholic Charismatic prayer group that evolved into an ecumenical covenant community of Christian believers. In 1998 Patty and Dick joined Heritage Christian Church in Westerville, where they ministered healing and deliverance as a couple to numerous men, women and families in need. The influence of Patty's generosity and deep faith has crossed generations and touched all corners of the globe. From the Vietnamese refugees that she and Dick 'adopted,' to their mission trips to native tribes in Arizona, to ministering in Ghana, to encouraging numerous children and grandchildren who have served others in Scotland, Germany, Russia, China, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and South Africa. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm at the Newcomer Funeral Home and Crematory, Northeast Chapel, 3047 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43231. A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 3pm on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Heritage Christian Church, 7413 Maxtown Rd, Westerville, 43082. The family is grateful to the Zusman Hospice Program, whose kind assistance was a great comfort to the entire family. Flowers are welcome, and/or memorial donations in support of foreign missions may be made to Heritage Christian Church. Messages of condolence may be shared with the family at www.NewcomerColumbus.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 2, 2017
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