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Beverly Joan Lutz

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On January 14, 2022 @ 3:26 pm In Obituaries | 10 Comments

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Beverly Joan Lutz 

November 4, 1929 – January 9, 2022

Beverly Joan Lutz was the daughter of John and Dorothie Herr, of John Herr’s Village Market in Millersville.  Mother of Kathy, Kim and Harry, she and her husband Harry were married for sixty-five years.

People who knew Beverly will tell you she had a natural beauty inside and out.  She drew you in with her keen observations and caring, and connected with people wherever she went with a smile, kind words and compliments.

From a young age Beverly had a creative side.  As a teenager she expressed it painting landscapes after being inspired by her art teacher, Harry Book, at Penn Manor High School.  She went to college at Linden Hall in Lititz, and then Edgewood Park in New York.

Once back in Lancaster she taught nursery school at the Jewish Community Center, then worked for Dr. Harry Lutz as his dental assistant, only to realize he’d be the man she’d marry.

In her early adult years Beverly was a member of the Janis Club, a group affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital, that staged plays and musicals to support the hospital’s fundraising.  She was a member of the Lancaster Women’s Dental Auxiliary, enjoyed Iris Club events, and belonged to several bridge clubs over the years.

Throughout her life Beverly loved making life festive.  Every night was a candlelit dinner in the dining room with the good silverware, which brought a great elegance to family meal time. For decades, with her house beautifully decorated, her home was the center of big family gatherings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Easter.  It was also the neighborhood hangout for her children’s friends, and she knew how to turn every birthday into a special occasion.

Beverly loved bringing people together.  Barely a week went by without the company of relatives or friends at the dinner table.  As the years passed, she helped care for the family’selderly relatives, and took to visiting nursing homes to brighten the days of residents with cookies and conversation.

While Beverly left the dental office in her early thirties, to focus on her family, her husband practiced dentistry into his nineties.  Shejoined him again at his chair in her late sixties into her eighties.  More than assisting him and running the office, Beverly loved the patients, and would tell you spending time with them was the best part of her day.

An avid traveler, Beverly toured China and Russia to Vietnam and Israel.  Her adventuring spirit led her to Europe a few times, South America, Mexico, Canada, Nova Scotia, Alaska and Hawaii.  She loved visiting her daughters during their California years, and went on several road trips across America.

In recent years she and Harry lived with their daughter Kim.  It was a time of drives through the southern end of the county, trips to Roots, fishing rods at Safe Harbor, dinners overlooking the lake at Muddy Run, outdoor concerts, and time spent in Ocean City, NJ with her daughters.  At home Beverly enjoyed her forties music and Lawrence Welk, journal writing, word games, still drawing on occasion, and of course playing cards.

People who knew Beverly know she had a fabulous sense of fashion and style, and there was an energy about her that pulled you in.  When you were with her there was a closeness with her that made you feel special.  Above all, she had a deep love for her family and friends, and will always be remembered for her beautiful spirit and the love she so generously shared.

Beverly is survived by her brother John Herr, her children Kathy Lutz, Kim Lutz, Harry Lutz, his wife Kelley, and their daughters Devon Groff and husband Matthew, and Taylor Landis and husband Allen as well as Beverly’s cousins, nieces and nephews and their families.

A private service for Beverly will be held by her family.  To view the service virtually, please click the following link:  https://my.gather.app/remember/beverly-lutz


Condolences for the family of “Beverly Joan Lutz”

Condolence from Dave Herr on January 14th, 2022 7:07 pm

Kim, I am not sure how is the correct way to 2-mail you, but hopefully you get his, but so sorry for your Mom and, Kate and Harry Jr. lost. I am so glad you and Kate should take good care of her. I know she appreciate this. But is a very sorry loss for all of you. A remember Beverly from my early Childhood, as well as Harry, you, Kate and little Harry J. as well as your Aunt and Uncle Jack. Poor Jack, he is the one of three children left.

Condolence from Mary Lynn DiPaolo on January 16th, 2022 8:38 am

Kathy, Kim and Harry,
I am so sorry for your loss of you wonderful mother. As I read her loving obituary I am overwhelmed with so many fond memories. I do remember the dinners at the dining room table, John Herr’s market and the beautiful home on Atkins Avenue. We were neighbors on College Avenue for several years and when your family moved your mom would pick me up to spend the night so many times and always having capalot (cantaloupe).
Rest In Peace Mrs. Lutz.
Mary Lynn Hobday DiPaolo

Condolence from Jen Loos on January 16th, 2022 9:41 pm

I am so grateful I got to meet this beautiful lady and her daughters. Even in our brief meeting I could see her inner and outer beauty. Kindness and empathy exuding from her. I’m so sorry for your loss and I am sending many healing prayers and love to her entire family and friends. She touched a lot of lives.

Condolence from Harmon, Jennifer, Hunter and Emily Jones on January 17th, 2022 8:54 am

Aunt Bev was such a special person in my life. She always showed such love and hospitality. As a kid growing up, going over to your house was the highlight of the Lancaster visits, next to getting Hammond pretzels. Having beautiful meals with the gold silverware and candles. I really do think she helped inspire me to love to entertain and decorate! Playing cards in the kitchen. Eating way too much corn on the back porch and wonderful trips to Canada each summer. Aunt Bev would even look glamourous at Puzzle lake with no running water or electricity. I am so glad Harmon and the kids have been able to know all of the Lutz family and they too have such a special place for your Mom. Kate, Kim and Harry you have been a blessing to your Mom and Dad over these past years and it is wonderful that you have been able to be with them . Aunt Bev will be missed, but remembered with such joy and love!! May you have peace and happy memories and great moments of sharing stories.

Condolence from Michael and Amy Costello on January 17th, 2022 9:11 am

It was with great sadness that I read Bev’s obituary in yesterday’s paper. I have such fond memories of her and Dr. Lutz. From impromptu dinners in their back porch to my eternal gratification to them for attending my daughter’s “grand friends” day at her school. My daughter turned 15 yesterday and she still sleeps with the teddy bear that Bev gave her when she was born. Bev was a special person and our lives were enriched by knowing her.

Condolence from Beth Parke on January 17th, 2022 1:08 pm

Dear Kate, Kim and Harry, Ed and I are sending our deepest sympathy your way, and sharing your sorrow. I am so grateful for time I got to spend with Beverly in Ocean City and in Lancaster. Getting to know her, even a little bit, was such a joy. I will always remember her warmth and kindness, the twinkle in her eye, her humor, her style, her appreciation of beauty, playfulness and music, her gentle, peaceful nature and how much she loved and appreciated her family and her community. What a beautiful summary of her life you have posted here, with many things I did not know but delight me to know. Thank you for that, and for all that you did for your Mom and Dad when they needed you most. With love and condolences to all the Lutz family and friends. Beth and Ed in Elkins Park

Condolence from Anne Xakellis on January 18th, 2022 3:18 pm

Kim, Kathy, Harry and family,
So very sorry for the loss of your dear mother. What a wonderful life she had. Such a kind lady also. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories your family has created over the years.
Thoughts and prayers,
Chris & Anne Xakellis

Condolence from Ruth Deisley on January 20th, 2022 2:04 pm

Kim, Ruth remembers the Sunday drives, Muddy Run, and lunches with Bev and Harry. She enjoyed and was impressed with the beautiful and moving video tribute to Bev’s life which captures her elegance, warmth, and joy in life. Ruth sends her condolences to Kate, Harry and you. She misses all of you and your mother and father.

Condolence from Robert W. Nick, Jr. on January 20th, 2022 9:05 pm

Kathy,Kim, and Harry,
It’s with great sadness and humble heart having read your mom’s obituary. What a special lady; kind,compassionate, and loving, all the qualities one wants in a mother and friend. It was an honor and pleasure to have known her and experience these character attributes first hand. She will be greatly missed! Prayers and comfort to all.

In His Grip,
Robert W.Nick, Jr.

Condolence from Mitch and Alli Swords on January 21st, 2022 11:54 am

I love how pictures can tell a story. And it was wonderful to see Aunt Bev’s story through the slideshow. It was wonderful to see photos, young and old, of a beautiful person! I will always remember the beautiful house on Atkins Avenue, the Thanksgiving meals, the hammock in the backyard, Christmas parties, and fourth of July parades. I will remember her ALWAYS looking good and her warm smile! And I love that she is celebrating in heaven with her parents, Uncle Harry, and family and friends who have gone before her. Thoughts and prayers with you all during this time!

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