Jo Ann L. Lutze
Nov. 2, 1937 ó Sept. 16, 2016

Jo Ann L. Lutze Jo Ann L. Lutze was an amazing woman who never stopped learning, trying, and never stopped right up until the end. She loved her family and kept in touch with many of her descendants. Jo Ann will be remembered for her kind spirit and always taking care of the many people who came into her life. She loved with everything she had, never gave up on anyone and always saw the best in everyone.

She was born November 2, 1937, in Oconomowoc, to the late Elmer and Cora (Christenson) Petersen. Jo Ann graduated from Oconomowoc High School and continued her education in bookkeeping and accounting at the American Technical Society and later earning an associate degree in applied science through Waukesha County Technical College.

Jo Ann married her first husband, John Frey, in April of 1957. They later divorced and on July 7, 1990, she married Robert Williams until he passed away on October 25, 2001. On June 26, 2004, in Oconomowoc, Jo Ann married James Lutze; he passed away in December of 2007.

In her earlier years, Jo Ann worked at Automatic Electric, General Electric Medical Systems and Wisconsin Energies. After retiring, she worked part time for Walmart, H& R Block and full time for Eastbay Call Center. In her spare time, Jo Ann enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading. She was a huge Packers fan and loved decorating her home with Packers memorabilia.

At the age of 78, Jo Ann passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Frey of Wausau and John (Tammy) Frey of Cartersville, Ga.; six stepchildren, Betty Williams of Waukesha, Catherine (Tom) McDonald of Oconomowoc, Helen Stamper of Racine, David (Debra) Lutze of Wausau, Kenneth Lutze of Wausau and Jane Torres of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Denise Mikkelson, John Raymond Frey ll, Nicole, Erin and Amanda Frey; 20 step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, 34 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren; brother Harold (Susan) Petersen of Fergus Falls, Minn.; and sister Miriam (Wayne) Perry of Phoenix, Ariz.

In addition to her husbands, Jo Ann was preceded in death by one brother, Phillip Petersen, and four stepchildren, Bonnie Barbold, Mary Fletcher, Susan Douglas and Katherine Markley.

Funeral services will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. The Rev. Harold Petersen will officiate. Burial will be Tuesday at the Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Wales. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. You may sign our family guest book at

We would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Aspirus Palliative Care Unit, the doctors, Comfort Care and Hospice along with Jo Annís granddaughter, Rachel White for all their care and kindness.

Helke Funeral Home of Wausau, 715-842-3993, is serving the family.