Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: Aunt Bertie as a Young Mother

Recently my cousin Debbie scanned and emailed me this lovely family photo of my dad's sister Alberta, her first husband Luther Gantz, Sr., and their infant son named Luther Gantz, Jr. Alberta Orshoski was born on October 20, 1926, and she passed away on February 19, 1997. A previous blog post discussed my Aunt Bertie's many roles, as a Deputy Police Woman and co-owner of the Log Cabin Inn Restaurant. In the picture above, taken about 1945, Aunt Bertie's first husband Lute was still serving in the U.S. Navy during World War Two. Luther Gantz, Sr. passed away in Illinois in 1981. Bertie and Lute divorced, and both re-married.

Sadly, the baby in the photo, Lutie, passed away on October 5, 2010, at the age of 65. Lutie was an electrical engineer, and was very interested in computers and ham radio. He also was an EMT and a fire fighter for several years. An obituary for Luther "Lutie" Gantz appeared in the Sandusky Register.

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