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Sylvia Louise Luetcke Jay


1923 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Sylvia Louise Luetcke Jay Obituary
SYLVIA LOUISE LUETCKE JAY 10/24/1923 - 10/25/2014 Sylvia Louise Jay was born in Garden Grove on October 24, 1923 to Elson G. and Sylvia Viola Conrad. She graduated from Huntington Beach HS and later attended Whittier College. She received her B.A. from the University of Southern California in 1945. After graduation she worked for American Airlines as a stewardess. In 1946 she married USAF pilot Col. Carl Luetcke, Jr. They were stationed in California, Texas and the Panama Canal Zone. During this time their three daughters were born. After Col. Luetcke retired the couple was involved in several businesses including residential and commercial developments in Redlands, San Bernardino, and Colton. In 1953 Col. Luetcke passed away and Louise worked for the Welfare Department in Redlands and two years later was promoted to Probation Officer for San Bernardino County. She received her Masters in Public Administration from USC in 1970 and married Thomas Hume Jay the same year. She retired from SB County as a Senior Supervising Probation Officer in 1973. Tom and Louise enjoyed traveling to Mexico, New Zealand and Costa Rica. Louise served on several Probation Advisory Boards and later worked for 9 years for the US Census Bureau. In 1988 Tom and Louise moved to Cherry Valley and continued to travel. Louise was active in the various community and civic organizations and assisted seniors via the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program. Tom passed away in 2001 and Louise continued to be very involved with local clubs and supported many community organizations. Louise grew up playing golf in Huntington Beach and played in the Los Angeles Pro-Am during college. She earned the Redlands GC Women's Club Champion award in 1952. She was also very active in local women's golf organizations including the Calimesa, Yucaipa, and Highland Springs Village women's golf clubs. She was club champion at several golf clubs and served two years as a golf course "rater" for the USGA.courses. She was very proud of qualifying for the California State Senior Women's Amateur Championship. Louise Jay is survived by her three daughters Linda Bennecke (Richard) of Beaumont, Terry Lopez (Victor) of Maui, and Diana Turley (Bob) of Redlands, seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her friends, family and golfing buddies. She requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Riverside Humane Society Pet Adoption Center.
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Published in Press-Enterprise on Nov. 4, 2014
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