Jean Elizabeth Lantz (Barto), 94, died peacefully on July 11, 2021, in Louisville, KY. She was the widow of Willard J. Lantz, who died March 24, 2012. She was born and raised in Kutztown and is a graduate of Kutztown High School class of 1944. She married Willard in 1947 and lived with him and their five daughters in several locations across the US. When first married, she helped her husband through college by typing his papers. Once he finished his degree, she was able to turn her attention to their daughters and the community. No matter where she moved with her family, she was always active in her church, teaching Sunday school or volunteering with the Women’s Guild. She was also involved with the Girl Scouts of America; and she participated in her daughters’ schools, and volunteered for the PTA, running bake sales, and chaperoning class trips. She enjoyed craft projects ranging from Christmas decorations to Halloween costumes to wedding dresses. She was an avid reader; and she had a way of taking a recipe on the side of the box and adding a little secret ingredient that made it much better and all her own. For the last 10 years Jean lived in Louisville, Kentucky with her daughter, Wendy, and her family. She is survived by her five daughters: Pamela Diehl and her husband, George Diehl of Sanford, FL; Daphne Mott of Flanders, NJ; Wendy Gensheimer and her husband, David Gensheimer of Louisville, KY; Melinda Lantz and her husband, Anthony Auliano of New York, NY; and Penelope Lantz and her husband, Michael Anderson of Washington, DC. She is survived by 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren and preceded in death by her parents: Linwood Barto and Lillian Barto (Kline) and her sister JoAnn Fritz (Barto). A private memorial service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held. Memorial gifts may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Harrisburg, PA.
Published by Reading Eagle from Jul. 13 to Jul. 18, 2021.