Lauretta (Laurie) Jutzi
Laurie passed away peacefully on April 16, 32 days after her 100th birthday. She was predeceased by her parents Simeon and Leah (Gascho), her brother Rufus and his wife Ruth, her brother Wallace and his wife Mary, her brother Curtis and her brother Nyle and his wife Patricia. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Laurie was an active and respected member of the extended Jutzi/Gascho families. She valued maintaining contact with relatives. She put high priority on keeping in touch with her nieces and nephews all of whom are grateful to her for her abiding presence and support throughout their lives.
Laurie had many friends and especially enjoyed meeting with her scrabble group for some good-natured competition and snacks. She was an excellent conversationalist and possessed a variety of interests. It was clear from conversing with her that she read widely.
Laurie’s career was largely spent in retail, first at the former Golden Rule bookstore, and then as manager of the fabric department at Sears. She volunteered her time to many worthwhile church and community organizations. She provided administrative services to the former Ontario Mennonite Bible Institute and Bible School. She was a Bible Institute graduate herself in 1954. She was a faithful member of First Mennonite Church in Kitchener and then Preston Mennonite Church after her move in 1990 to Fairview Apartments in Cambridge.
The family would like to thank the staff and residents at Fairview Home for their care and friendship to Laurie over the years and especially for the care given to Laurie in her last few years by the staff in the Long-Term Care unit.
Funeral arrangements have been made through the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home. A funeral service will take place at the funeral home at 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg on April 28 at 3 pm, officiated by Rev. Gary Knarr, pastor at Preston Mennonite Church, with refreshments and a time to visit to follow. Cremation has taken place. Laurie’s ashes will be buried at the Wilmot Centre cemetery which is close to her childhood home on Bleams Road.
Expressions of sympathy by way of donation to Fairview Mennonite Homes can be made through the funeral home.