• The Hammonton Gazette

Freda Clauss Lutz



Freda Clauss Lutz, 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 10 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 more than 50 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, Calif., on October 9 at 11 a.m.