Phyllis R. Lucht (nee Clawson)

April 30, 1924 – July 3, 2010

Phyllis R. (nee Clawson) Lucht, 86, of Lowell, Mass., widow of the late Marlyn P. "Mike" Lucht, died Saturday, July 3, 2010, with her loving family at her side after a brief illness.

Born in Chicago on April 30, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Walter Clawson, a Lutheran minister, and Ruth (Paulsen) Clawson.

Phyllis grew up in Chicago, graduating high school at the age of 16. She attended Wright Junior College and went on to graduate from Carthage College in Carthage, Ill., Class of 1947. While she studied at Carthage, she enjoyed performing in Little Theatre. After graduating, Phyllis taught English for a year and subsequently worked at Rand McNally. After marrying in 1953, Phyllis and Mike moved to Door County, where they were lighthouse keepers and he was a Lutheran minister. They moved to Minneapolis and then to Waukesha. Phyllis was widowed in 1968. She worked as a medical transcriptionist and was employed by Waukesha Memorial Hospital for more than 25 years.

Phyllis was a voracious and eclectic reader. She spent many enjoyable hours at the Dracut Public Library, since moving to Lowell in 2004. She also enjoyed traveling to New England, listening to music and solving exceptionally challenging crossword puzzles. "Nana" was very proud of her Scandinavian heritage and will be fondly remembered for her love of "coffee and ...," in addition to her acerbic wit and extensive vocabulary. Phyllis enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and sharing her wonderful sense of humor, wisdom and love in equal measure.

Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Carla Boucher and her husband, Richard of Lowell, Lisa Lucht of Lowell and Beth Lucht of Lowell; two grandchildren, Eric Boucher and his wife Kerri (Sheldon) of Amherst, N.H., and Ryan Boucher of Lowell; a sister, Faith Svensson of Madison; a brother-in-law, John Moore of Decatur, Ala.; dear friends, Mimi Rodriguez and Lillian Kizaric of Wisconsin; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

She was the grandmother of the late Justin Michael Boucher and sister of the late Karen Clawson-Moore.

At her request, calling hours have been omitted. Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life at a funeral service to take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 8 Kirk St., Lowell, MA 01852. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’ memory may be made to Friends of the M.G. Parker Memorial Library, 28 Arlington St., Dracut, MA 01826; or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, MD 20814.

For more information, call McKenna-Ouellette Funeral Home at 978-458-6183. For online condolences, please visit www.mckennaouellette.com.