San Francisco Chronicle

Freda Clauss Lutz

Nov 15, 1931 - Aug 2, 2021


Freda Clauss Lutz, age 89, passed away peacefully in her home of 55 years in San Bruno, California, on Monday August 2, 2021, surrounded by her children and grandchild­ren that she loved dearly. She was a cherished daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmothe­r, and friend.

Freda was born at home on Sunday November 15, 1931 in Hammonton, New Jersey to Samuel and Helen Clauss. She was the ninth of ten children. She attended Lankenau Nursing School starting in 1951 and continued there as an RN until 1956 when she moved to San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that Freda met the love of her life, Paul F. Lutz. They married three months later on February 22, 1957 and enjoyed 50 years of deep love and affection. They had four children and three grandchild­ren.

Freda continued to work as an RN for much of the next four decades, with breaks for family and travel. She and Paul traveled to six of the seven continents, and lived overseas in South Africa and Australia, with children in tow. Together they loved to travel the country and world, visiting family and friends, exploring new cultures and cuisines, and collecting objects from all over the world.

Freda’s love of God and Jesus was instilled at an early age. Her life was guided by the principals of Christian love and charity. She was an active member of Bethany Presbyteri­an Church in San Bruno for over fifty years, and it was at the church that she found a lifelong support system of faith and friendship. This was not the only place Freda found community. Card games were a passion in her family, and she played Pinochle, Canasta and Bridge nearly her entire life and in these groups crafted many lifelong friendship­s. She will be remembered for her thoughtful­ness, generosity, kindness, and loving nature.

Freda Clauss Lutz is survived by her older sister Hilda, her children Marta, Sam, Jan, and Elaine, and her grandchild­ren Audrey, Dylan, and Donovan. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Paul and her siblings Sam, Margaret, Otis, Helen, Warren, Bob, Martha, and Dick.

Friends and loved ones are invited to a service and celebratio­n of life that will be held at Bethany Presbyteri­an Church, 2400 Rosewood Drive San Bruno, CA, on October 9th at 11am.

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