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Obituary - Thelma Lutz

Thelma Lutz

1937 - 2024

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Lutz(2024)

April 22, 1937 ~ March 30, 2024

With her family by her side, Thelma Elaine Lutz passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the age of 86 years. She leaves behind her three loving children, Pam (Martin) Crook, Darcy (Talya) Lutz and Karen Lutz; cherished granddaughters, Stephanie and Samantha Crook; brother; Doug Heine; sisters-in-law; Irene (Clifford) Beisel, Bernice Bleile and Violet Milbrandt as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins and friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Felix; parents, Rudolph and Rose Heine; sister, Margaret (Armin) Rehbein; Felix’s parents, Joseph and Mary Lutz; brothers-in-law, Richard Lutz and Fred Bleile; sister-in-law, Shirly Heine and nephew, Bryan Rehbein. Thelma was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on April 22, 1937 and lived on a small farm in Hatton until the age of 8 years when her family moved to Medicine Hat. She graduated from high school and continued her education training as a registered nurse. Thelma then went to school in Winnipeg, Manitoba to obtain her operating room certificate and received awards for general proficiency and first in theory. She put her knowledge to good use as she worked in the operating room at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital for forty-two years. Thelma married the love of her life, Felix Lutz at St. Paul Lutheran Church on February 25, 1961. She will forever be remembered for her delicious baking (especially her homemade buns and kuchen), garden full of tomatoes and peppers, storage room full of canned goods, flower bed filled with red geraniums and begonias, knitted slippers, her love of Danielle Steel Books as well being an avid golfer, bowler and slot machine champion. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. as well as one hour prior to the service. A Celebration of Thelma’s Life will take place at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Thursday April 11, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. A private interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery. The service will be live streamed. Those who cannot attend but wish to experience Thelma’s service may visit the Cook Southland website and select the View Broadcast button on the homepage at service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 - 325 Manning Road N.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5.

April 11th


  1. Norene & Michael McDonald:
    Apr 01, 2024 at 09:44 PM

    To Your Family.... #1 mom & Grandma
    To so many, a fabulous lady, a fantastic cook (oh how we remember the kuchens), a nurse with remarkable talent & caring heart for so many patients over the years, a mentor for so many nursing students, including her beautiful daughters and granddaughters', friends and anyone who had the absolute pleasure of meeting Thelma.
    Her smile warmed your heart, and her laughter would put a smile on anyone's face.
    May the wonderful memories you have been left carry you all through the difficult days ahead....

  2. Heather (Wooding) Flinn:
    Apr 02, 2024 at 10:31 AM

    Dear families,
    So sorry to hear of Thelma’s passing. I know it hurts so very much! Please feel my arms around you! I will never forget mom. She was a true mentor and friend to me while I worked in the OR with her. Hugs to all.

  3. Dr Ron Witzke:
    Apr 02, 2024 at 12:29 PM

    Thelma was a wonderful nurse and a comforting stable presence in the operating room ; she assisted me for many years with capable equanimity and goodhearted humour. I was always happy to see her , with Marge and Lenore , scrubbed in when I was dealing with emergent or complex situations under the OR lights.
    She was a valued colleague and a true friend ; may she rest in well deserved peace in God's hands.

  4. Marilyn Wickenheiser:
    Apr 02, 2024 at 05:09 PM

    Thoughts, prayers and hugs to all of Thelma’s family she will be missed.

  5. Janice Dynes:
    Apr 02, 2024 at 05:17 PM

    Pam, Darcy, Karen and Families - Sending our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother Thelma.
    A wonderful lady and exceptional nurse. I have many memories of life in our neighbourhood with the Lutz family. Your Mom was a very hard worker and served our community well with her expertise in the O.R. at the hospital. She always had a smile. She will be missed. Sending our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Savannah Bishop:
    Apr 02, 2024 at 10:20 PM

    Pam, Karen and Darcy.
    Grandma Lutz took me in and treated me like one of her own! She made me feel like part of the family (even though I sucked at ride the bus) I will miss her laugh, and mostly..... her cooking. She is safe now with Grandpa Lutz watching over you all! My love to everyone, and I'm so sorry I couldn't be there in person.

  7. Robert:
    Apr 03, 2024 at 09:58 AM

    Tara and I were saddened by the news and our deepest sympathies are with your family at this difficult time.

  8. Dr Neil Harris:
    Apr 03, 2024 at 01:29 PM

    I, too, shared Dr Witzke's experience working in the OR with Thelma. She worked with skill, efficiency and good humour always. It was a good day when Thelma was there.

  9. Lane Berger:
    Apr 03, 2024 at 01:44 PM

    May your fondest memories of your good times spent together bring you peace as you grieve the loss of your mom.
    My deepest sympathy to Karen, Pam and all of Thelma’s family.

  10. Doris Wutzke:
    Apr 03, 2024 at 03:02 PM

    Sincere sympathies to all your family in the loss of a beautiful lady.
    Robert & Doris Wutzke

  11. Shirley Eirich:
    Apr 04, 2024 at 01:22 PM

    Our thoughts are with you all throughout these trying days, she has now gone to be with her loving husband——Randy and Shirley Eirich

  12. K Schaaf & family:
    Apr 05, 2024 at 09:35 PM

    Thelma & Felix were our special neighbors for many years & we were very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time and our condolences to all the family.

  13. Gail Graham:
    Apr 06, 2024 at 08:24 AM

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom. May your memories always keep your Mom close to you.

  14. Karen Ensz:
    Apr 06, 2024 at 03:38 PM

    Thinking of you at this very sad time. May you find strength in your memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers❤️

  15. Loreen Burniston:
    Apr 06, 2024 at 05:44 PM

    Ohhhhhh Pam. I am so saddened by the passing of your Mom. I will always remember her with a smile on her face. I know how very very much you loved your Mom and how close you two were. Praying for you Pam/Martin and kids. Sending Condolences as well to Darcy and Karen and families.
    Rest Easy Mrs. Lutz.

  16. Freda and Dennis:
    Apr 09, 2024 at 02:23 PM

    To Martin, Pam, Darcy and Karen,
    It was such a shock to talk to you on FaceTime and hear the really sad news of Thelma’s passing. Ever since then we have held her in our thoughts and prayers and want you to know that we are thinking of you all, especially as you hold the funeral service. We feel as if we are your family in England, and so, we feel for you as if we were actual relations. We are with you in spirit.
    Sending you our love,
    Freda and Dennis

  17. Sharon and Jim Stolz:
    Apr 11, 2024 at 03:04 PM

    Pam, Darcy and Karen and family’s,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Fond memories of your Mom and Dad. Enjoyed the years I worked with your Dad.
    God Bless, Sharon and Jim

  18. Kandee Corbett:
    Apr 12, 2024 at 11:01 AM

    Karen, I’m so sorry to hear your mom’s passing. Know that you are loved and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace be with you all.

  19. Dorothy Maschmeyer:
    Apr 12, 2024 at 08:02 PM

    Dear Pam, Darcy, Karen, and extended family:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of Thelma's passing.

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I take comfort that her Earthly woes are over.

    May God's love and peace be yours always.

    Most sincerely,

    Dorothy Maschmeyer

  20. Susan Pahl:
    Apr 16, 2024 at 09:15 PM

    I was so saddened to learn of Thelma's passing. I will never forget her steady and sincere guidance when I was a student nurse and later an RN. She had an infectious smile, an excellent sense of humor, and a talent for keeping calm in the toughest situations. I am grateful to have learned from Thelma and I found it remarkable how she had a natural tendency to make coworkers feel welcome and reassured.

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