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Joann Elizabeth Lutz

Published On: Nov 18 2013 05:49:47 AM CST

Joann E. Lutz, age 83, died at home early on November 16, 2013 surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous and amazing fight with cancer.

Joann grew up in Delavan, the daughter of Dr. T.L. Jacobson and Betty (Lord) Jacobson. After graduating from Delavan High School in 1948, Joann attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, later transferring to Bradley University in Peoria, IL where she met her husband of fifty years, Fred Lutz. Fred and Joann lived in many states after their marriage before settling in Madison in 1963.

Joann had a variety of part time jobs including the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison Public Schools, and U. S. Forest Products Laboratory. She was active with the Madison Speed Skating Club, and served as a chaperone with the U. S. Olympic Speed Skating Team at various training seminars. Joann was an active volunteer with RSVP, Agrace HospiceCare and St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church where she served on the Altar Guild for many years. She enjoyed golfing in leagues and with her many golfing friends at many courses over the years.

Joann's greatest joy was spending time with her children and her grandchildren.

Joann is survived by her children, Thomas (Barbara) Lutz of Newtown, CT, Jon (Cheryl) Lutz of Middleton, William (Julie Brophy) Lutz of Victoria, MN and Anne (Pat) Vitale of Madison; her grandchildren, Nicole Vitale of Madison, Thomas (Ashley)Vitale of Loveland, CO, Christopher Lutz of San Francisco, CA, Casey Lutz of Bozeman, MT, Corinne Brandenburg of Madison, Melissa (Michael) Levine of CT, and Lauren(Jose') Feliciano of CT; her three great grandchildren; Ben and Noah Levine and Talia Feliciano of CT; her brother, Dr. Jon (Gini) Jacobson of Elkhorn ,WI as well as by her nephews, Jeff (Sarah)Jacobson (sons, Ben and Sam), Mike (Tammy) Jacobson (daughter, Rileigh), Scott Shepard and Jim (Carol) Shepard and by her sister-in-law Elizabeth Shepard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; parents and nephew, Jon Eric Jacobson.

A visitation will be held on Sun. Nov. 24, 2013 at CRESS CENTER, 6021 University Ave. from 4:00 to 6:00 p. m.

A Memorial Service will be held on Mon. Nov. 24, 2013 at St. DUNSTAN'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 6205 University Ave. at 11:00 a. m. with Rev. Miranda Hassert presiding. There will also be a visitation on Monday from 10:30 a. m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, or Agrace HospiceCare. Please share a memory at

The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff at Agrace HospiceCare for the exceptional care given to Joann. A special thanks to Angie, her wonderful nurse. They would also like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of "Team Joann", the wonderful circle of friends and family who provided endless and loving support with warm compassion during these past few months.

Mom, we hope the Swedish pancakes are even better in Heaven! Say Hi to Dad.

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