Patricia Lutz, 85 of Chetek, Wisconsin, passed away, Monday December 14,
2020 at Cambridge Senior Living in Rice Lake, WI. Patricia was born on May
6, 1935 in Reedsburg, WI to Owen and Mildred (Doering) Gallagher.
Pat married her high school sweetheart, Jim Lutz, on January 30, 1954 and
they settled down in Tomah, WI, after Jim accepted his first job as a
pharmacist. Their first son, Larry, was born in 1955, and the children
kept coming. Soon there were four more; Theresa, John, Mary and Andrea. In
1966, Pat and Jim moved to Chetek, WI where they purchased Abbott
Drugstore, and began their love affair with the town of Chetek and it’s
Pat worked hard as a stay-at-home mother, but once the children were
older; she put all her energy into helping out at the drugstore. She so
loved being out in the public and visiting with people who came into the
store. Pat was a longtime member of the Board of Directors at Knapp
Haven. She bowled in a league for years, and also was a volunteer at The
Chetek FoodShelf. She was an accomplished golfer, and was in the
Championship flight at Sunset Golf Course in 1996 at age 61. Pat loved
music her entire life and even recorded an album during her high school
years. She sang and played organ for the choir at St. Boniface Church for
many years and was also a member of The New Auburn Christmas choir.
Pat enjoyed all her travel, whether it was her golf trips to Texas with
Jim, trips to Vegas with family and friends, ocean cruises, white water
rafting, or attending our infamous, “All Girls, No Husband, No Kids”,
trips with her daughters. She enjoyed reminiscing about her trips to
Ireland and Switzerland. In her later years, she was perfectly content to
travel to see her kids and grandchildren.
Patricia leaves to celebrate her memory: Larry (Cindy) Lutz of Larkspur,
CO; Theresa(Gary) Olson, of Buckeye, AZ; John(Mary) Lutz of Lino Lakes,
MN; Mary(Lance) Young of Buckeye, AZ; and Andrea Lutz of Stillwater, MN.
Grandchildren: Nichole(Andrew) Olson of San Francisco, CA; Matt(Kate)
Lutz, of Peachtree City, GA; Anna Lutz, of Jacksonville, FL.; Kayla(Adam)
Young-Bayer of Rice Lake, WI.; and one great-grandchild, Kallan McCormick
of San Francisco, CA.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Millie Gallagher,
her husband, Jim Lutz and her sister, Rosalie Ducklow.
We would like to thank all of her friends and neighbors who looked out for
Mom in the last few years. You don’t know how much we appreciate knowing
that she had someone nearby that she could count on for help, hugs, or
conversations over a cup of coffee, or a glass of wine. You all are the
reason she loved the Chetek Community so much. We are forever grateful.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek have been entrusted with arrangements
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