Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mary L. “Lutz” Harpest (March 8, 2012)

Mary L. “Lutz” Harpest, age 97 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 2:33 AM at Heartland of Greenville. She was born January 28, 1915 in Miami County, Ohio the daughter of the late Ora L. & Bessie M. (Smith) Oakes.

She worked in the administration office at the Brethren Retirement Community and was a preacher’s wife for 40 years. She was an active member of Oakland Church of the Brethren. She always had the ability to express gratitude for kindness, to always say I’m so glad to see you, and to keep busy.

She was a loving and devoted wife to her husband Lloyd Harpest who survives. She is survived by her sons & daughters in law: David & Irene Lutz of Roanoke, Indiana, Dennis & Farideh Lutz of Longmont, Colorado; Step son: Will Harpest of Chicago, Illinois; step daughters & son in law: Naomi Harpest of Aurora, Illinois, & Janice & Richard Priggie of Moline, Illinois; grandchildren & spouses: Joni Lutz , Jeff & Kelly Lutz, David Michael & Michelle Lutz, Andrew Dennis & Mia Lutz, David Harpest, Julie & Drew Collins, Laura Studebaker & Max Brueggermeyer, Christina Studebaker, & Katherine, Daniel, & David Priggie; 13 great grandchildren; brother in law: Russel Harpest of Greenville; numerous nieces & nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; 1st husband: Rev. D. Leonard Lutz on August 5, 1973; sisters: Edith Sotzing, Clara Mae Pierce; brother: David Oakes.

Services will be held on Monday March 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Oakland Church of the Brethren, 8058 Horatio Harris Creek Road, Bradford, Ohio with Pastor Pete Kontra officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sunday March 11, 2012 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of the Brethren Heifer Project or to Oakland Church of the Brethren.

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