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Rev. Joseph L. Lutz

January 14, 1928 - November 16, 2020

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Rev. Joseph L. Lutz
Born January 14, 1928 in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Louis J. and Marion B. (nee Mathew) Lutz; graduated from Southside High School in 1946; married Dolores K. Sutter January 10, 1953; employed 15 years by New York Telephone Co. in Elmira, Corning and Syracuse, NY, and 21 years by Bell Telephone Laboratories (Lucent Technologies) in New York City, Homdel, NJ, and Naperville, IL; attended Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, Il and graduated from Pope John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA; ordained at Roman Catholic Priest June 27, 1987 for the Dioceses of Rockford, IL. and served as associate pastor at St. John Neumann parish in St. Charles, IL 1987 – 1989, and Holy Angels parish in Aurora, IL 1989-1992; served as pastor at St. Mary parish in Freeport, IL 1992-2002; also served simultaneously as pastor at St. Wendelin parish in Shannon, Il. 1992-1998; was an associate priest for the Lay Apostolate Community of Madonna House based in Combermere Ontario Canada; was Chaplain for St. Charles Knights of Columbus Council #12497; was Chaplain for Knights of Columbus Assembly #188 retired to St. Charles, Il in 2002 where he assisted at various local parishes.
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Marian, and his wife Dolores; he is survived by :two sons, Gary (Deborah) Lutz of Virginia Beach, VA, and Edward (Marcia) Lutz of Wayne, Il; five grandchildren: Christopher Lutz of Las Vegas, NV; Colin Lutz of Norfolk, VA; Alexandra Bryan and hers sons Issac and Godric of Virginia Beach, VA, Chelsey Lutz of Batavia, Il, and Maxwell Lutz of Fort Collions, CO, and one sister; Evelyn Lutz of Elmira, NY; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
A “post Covid” Celebration-of-Life Mass will be held (date/time/TBD) at St. John Neumann Church, 2900 E. Main Street in St. Charles, IL. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery Elmira, NY. Memorials may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Il

Condolences


Roger Hintz from FREEPORT, IL

"Have fond memories of Father Joe at St. Mary. My wife went through the RCIA program at St. Mary with Father...May God be with you Father..."


Thomas Leahy from St. Charles , IL

"We moved to St. Charles in July 1987 and were welcomed by Father Joe when he came and blessed our family and home. His reaching out to us made a real difference in becoming part of St. John Neumann Parish. Before he left our house that day, he sold me on teaching CCD for seventh graders. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will be sorely missed by us."


Barbara M Maxwell-Kelley from Geneva, IL

"Father Joe was in the Holy Cross Players with us and how much fun we all had together. This was right before he went to seminary. I was never so surprised when he said he was going to be a priest. He knew the joys and hard aches of being a husband and a parent. What an asset for a parish priest. God speed, Joe!"


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