Elizabeth Kohman Lutz 1923 - 2009 Tuscon, Ariz.
A memorial service for Elizabeth “Betty” Kohman Lutz, 86, of Tucson, Ariz., will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home in Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio. An additional memorial service will be held in Tucson in January 2010. Burial will be in Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Lutz, formerly of Barrington, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009.
She was born June 29, 1923, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Henry Adolph and Mildred Nicholls Kohman.
She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1944 with a degree in psychology.
She had worked as a flight attendant for TWA in the early years of the commercial international airline industry, flying both domestic and international routes. She then returned home to Pittsburgh to run her father’s business, Kohman Salt Rising Yeast & Improver Company.
Mrs. Lutz was a member of The Holy Way Presbyterian Church in Tucson. She was an advocate for many charitable causes. She loved opera and was active in the Arizona Opera of Tucson. She was also an avid bowler and enjoyed traveling the world and playing bridge, achieving the American Contract Bridge League’s distinguished ranking of Gold Life Master in November 2006.
She married Cedric William Lutz on Sept. 16, 1949. He preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mildred, and her brother, Robert Nicholls Kohman.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Patterson and husband Paul, Catawba Island, Ohio, Nancy Nebgen and husband Mark, Rhinelander, Wis., and Janet Peard and husband Tom, Lawrence, Kan.; a son: David Lutz, Tucson; and four grandchildren, Ben, Bailey, Anna and Geoff.
The family will meet friends from 3 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 (steinhospice.org); The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 (cancer.org); or the Arizona Opera, 3501 N. Mountain Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 (azopera.com).
Online condolences may be sent at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.