Grace Lantz, 1925-2021


Grace Lucille Lantz, 95, of La Porte, Ind., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

She was born July 4, 1925, in Michigan City, Ind., to Albert and Lilly May (Godfrey) Heisler.

Grace was employed by Walters Hospital as a secretary for eight years and later in the cafeteria at Michigan City High School before becoming a homemaker. She was a member of Door Village United Methodist Church, was active with Scipio Township Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and was a state volunteer for Fire Fighters Auxiliary. Her special sense of humor and gift of laughter were with her even at the end of her life here on Earth. Grace’s upbeat and positive outlook on life remained with her even through her most trying times.

On Jan. 15, 1949, in Michigan City, Ind., Grace married George Lute, who preceded her in death on June 15, 1975. On June 16, 1979, in La Porte, she married Duane Lantz, who preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 2002.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Kathleen Scott and Alberta Bentley; a son, Daniel Lute; and a brother, Ray Heisler.

Grace is survived by six daughters, Jacqueline (John) Steele of Michigan City, Janet (Bob) Schmidt, Donna (Lynn) Warner, Joyce (Robin) Schultz and Deborah (Henry) Deckard, all of La Porte, and Doreen (Dan) Hammons of Sawyer, Mich.; six sons, Richard (Sheila) Lute of La Porte, Christopher (Kathy) Lute of Michigan City, William Lute of California, David (Janet) Lantz of La Porte, Dennis (Leslie) Lantz of La Porte, and Jeffrey (Sue) Lantz of Union Mills, Ind.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Grace’s life will be held at a later date. Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, La Porte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dunes Hospice, 4711 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, Ind. 46383; or the Humane Society, 722 Ind. 212, Michigan City, Ind. 46360.

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5 Responses to “Grace Lantz, 1925-2021”

  1. Martha Burger

    Jan 15. 2021

    Jackie, My condolences on the loss of your mother. I remember the good times with you and them when we went to Door Village School. Martha O’Dell

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    • Sherry

      Jan 16. 2021

      Jeff and family…my deepest sympathies for your loss. Know you are in my thoughts. Much love and may she forever Rest In Peace. ❤️

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    • John Erickson

      Jan 18. 2021

      To the Lantz family I wish to express my my sincere condolences. I’m very sorry for your loss.

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  2. Lin Curtis

    Jan 16. 2021

    Jeff, I am sorry to read of the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you and the entire family. At least she is now in a better place than that in which we remain. God Bless.

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  3. Walt & Patty Conlin

    Jan 18. 2021

    To the entire Lantz & Lute families plus all the extended families, we wish to send our deepest condolences. Grace was a great neighbor & friend. She was always kind & courteous to us & our boys. I remember the days when Duane & she would be sitting on their front porch, sometimes with Helen Erickson, having their evening cocktails. Love them all!

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