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Denisse Florine Lutz

June 30, 1933 - February 8, 2013

Mass of Christian Burial for Denisse Florine Lutz, age 79, of Rapid City, SD were held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Faith, SD.  Fr. Jim Hoerter officiated with burial following at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery west of Faith, SD.
A Rosary/Vigil service was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Faith.
Pallbearers were sons Jim, John and Richard Barry and nephews Steven Simon, David Henry and Timothy Donald Lutz.
Denisse Florine Payette Lutz was born on June 30, 1933 in Port Huron, Michigan, the daughter of Henry Joseph Payette and Ilah Susan La Forge.
Denisse graduated from St. Stephen High School, Port Huron, Michigan, June 1951, and attended business schools in California and Washington.
She travelled extensively throughout her adult life. She was a Washington State Employee and a governor-appointed board member at Eastern State Hospital, Medical Lake, WA.
She volunteered with the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, United Way, American Heart Association, Spokane Rose Society and Spokane Symphony Association. She was a County Secretarial Association President, an officer of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Alter Society and Supervisor of The Patients' Hospital Library at Fairchild Air Force Base, WA. Denisse was an avid reader of history, enjoyed music, travel, rose gardening, interior design and decorating, and had an interest in antiques. She also found fulfillment with Big Brothers and Sisters of America for many years.
     Denisse moved from Spokane, Washington to Rapid City in November 1997, and married Elvon F. Lutz on February 21, 1998 at Blessed Sacrament Church.
Denisse Lutz was formerly known as Denisse Florine Barry.
She passed away at 11:20 AM on February 28th, 2013 in Yankton, South Dakota.
Survived by her husband Elvon Francis Lutz, Rapid City, SD; her four children, Richard Keith Barry, Jr. (Rebecca) Chevy Chase, MD, John Fredrick Barry (Terese), South Charleston, WV, James Henry Barry (Claire), Bedford, NH, and Ila Susan Barry, Manchester, NH; sisters Ann (Frank) Cassidy, Santa Barbara, CA and Carolie (Arthur) Driscoll, White House, TN. Denisse has nine living grandchildren: (Richard K. Barry) Madeleine Regina Barry, Finnian Robert Barry & Rowan Celeste Barry; (John F. Barry) John Fredrick Barry, Jr. & Ann Marie Barry; (James H. Barry) Laura Michelle Barry Kasatkin, James Henry Barry, Jr., Erin Kathleen Barry & Emma Caroline Barry.
She was preceded in death by siblings Patricia Lutz, Donald Payette, Mary Lohrstorfer & Ila Steyer.
Memorials may be made to the Faith, SD School System.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.faithareamemorialchapel.com.