Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retired Bridgeville Teacher Became Second Mother to Nieces and Nephews June 29, 1921 - Nov. 17, 2018

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Retired Bridgeville Teacher Became Second Mother to Nieces and Nephews June 29, 1921 - Nov. 17, 2018

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Gloria Lutz was a fierce, loving mother and grandmother, despite never having children.

"We'd always had a close relationship with her, but when my mom passed away she just became a second mother to us," said her nephew Jerry Malarkey of Upper St. Clair. "And then she became like a grandmother to our children."

An English teacher for more than three decades at Bridgeville and Chartiers Valley high schools, Ms. Lutz, 97, died Saturday of heart failure.

She was a Bridgeville resident her entire life and never married.

"She lived in the same home her father built in 1920," Mr. Malarkey said.

Ms. Lutz graduated from Bridgeville High School in 1939 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in education from Mercyhurst College four years later.

Her first teaching job was at Bridgeville High School, where she stayed until it closed in 1960 and became part of the Chartiers Valley School District.

Ms. Lutz retired in 1978 and spent much of her golden years playing golf and traveling to places like Ireland and Eastern Europe, Mr. Malarkey said.

Former students never forgot Ms. Lutz, her nephew said, and even invited her to be the guest of honor this year at the 60-year reunion of the Bridgeville High School class of 1958.

"To be still remembered and have people want you to be there after 60 years is amazing," Mr. Malarkey said. "It just speaks about who she is."

But it was her volunteer work that defined much of Ms. Lutz's life. She could never retire from that, her nephew remembered.

"She was a very, very devout Catholic," he said. "Her faith was very important to her, and a big part of her faith was serving others. I think she felt her purpose in life was to serve other people."

Ms. Lutz volunteered at the Bridgeville Library, a local nursing home and with the local Meals on Wheels program, even into her 90s. …

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