Jonne Mae Lutz, our Oma, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2021. No doubt she was greeted by her loving husband and dance partner, Jim, who were quick to reunite and serenaded by “Blue Eyes”, Frank Sinatra. Jonne was born on May 24, 1936 and resided most of her life in Danville, California. She was the middle sister of three girls and moved after graduating from San Ramon Valley High School to the Philippines with her family and attended college. She traveled while abroad and upon her return to the United States, Jim was there waiting for her on the tarmac. They were married shortly after and shared 53 years together, until Jim’s passing in 2011.
Jonne was employed by the San Ramon Valley Unifed School District for 30 years where she held multiple positions and ended her career as an administrative assistant to the assistant superintendent. While diligent in her responsibilities, what made her job so enjoyable were the people with whom she worked .
Speaking of friends, Jonne and Jim were blessed with the best of friends including LAMFAT group, neighbors, colleagues and an occasional stranger. Jonne was always a gracious hostess, opening their home to all for social hours and sporting events. They socialized regularly and traveled as a crowd. She was a second mother to her children’s friends and a trusted listener. While Jonne was blessed, her childhood dream was to become the first professional female baseball player, rushing to check the boxscores as a nine year old in San Diego. While that dream evolved she became an avid and outstanding snow skier, tennis player, bowler, ping-pong player, golfer and competitive card player.
The other thing Jonne excelled and was outstanding at was being an “Oma”. Her Grandkids meant everything to her and they were the lucky recipients of endless/unconditional love, fruit roll-ups, hugs, ham and cheese sandwiches on small dinner rolls, attendance(and after event cheer ups that made you feel great about the game no matter how bad it really was!) at sporting events,etc., The positive outlook and undying sweetness with which she conducted herself provided an example that will live on in her Grandkids forever.
Jonne's life is being celebrated by her devoted family; her children Keeli Hurley (Bill) and Breck Lutz (Carole); six grandchildren (Carly, Hannah, Michael, Jimmy, Jack, & Katie); and her sister Kathe Sullivan Petersdorf. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and sister Trudye Foote. Jonne’s family would like to thank her dear friend, Shirley Barlow, for her friendship and devoted and loving care. They would also like to thank the staff at Silverado Memory Care in Berkeley, California, especially, Rinzin, her nurse. The family will honor Jonne’s memory in a small family celebration and hope to gather with friends and family at a later date. Donations to honor Jonne’s memory may be made to ARF, Walnut Creek or to an animal shelter, hospice or charity of your choice.
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