Evelyn (Lanz) Luginbuhl "Ev", 95 of Ellington, beloved wife of the late Rudolph E. Luginbuhl passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Saturday, November 11, 2023. She was born May 13, 1928 in Manchester, Connecticut to the late Ernest and Elizabeth (Mueller) Lanz. She was predeceased by her brother E. Robert Lanz.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and is survived by her children: Peggy Bernier and her husband Kenneth of Eastford, CT, Judith Stoller and her husband Lester of Middlebury, IN, David R Luginbuhl and his wife Lynne of Ellington, CT, and Donna Person and her husband Peter of Stafford, CT. Her grandchildren: Ivy and her husband James, Justin, Kari-Lynne and her husband Jon, Nathaniel and his wife Sarah, Jonathan and his wife Tori, Erik and his wife Jenna, Aron, Emily, Hannah and her husband David, and Anneliese. And her great grandchildren: Niall, Daniel & James; Kellan & Jacey Mae; Emma & Jacob. We are also grateful for her long time caregiver Wendy, and more recently Cherryl, for their patient and loving care of mom to the end.
Evelyn treasured many fond memories from her younger years spent in her Uncle Paul & Aunt Bertha's loving home, with cousins Florence, Charlotte, and Alma. It was through them she was introduced to the Apostolic Christian Church family, met the love of her life Rudy, and ultimately, came to know her Savior Jesus Christ. Her faith remained strong to the end, even as her earthly body failed, and she never ceased to pray for her loved ones, as she looked forward with great expectation to being reunited with dear family and friends in heaven.
One of Evelyn's greatest joys in life was found in serving and spending time with her family, including ensuring that her family sat together for at least two homemade meals a day. She, and Rudy, loved tending their prolific garden and she maintained a warm and hospitable home -- many friends and neighbors fondly remember her open door and open heart, as well as her witty sense of humor, which stayed with her until the end. Her genuine hospitality even carried over into a gradual acceptance - dare we say affection for? - the menagerie of wild and domestic creatures that seemed to follow her children home! Evelyn was a life-long learner, mastering a variety of domestic and home improvement skills, and like Rudy, she sought to use every minute to its fullest. Yet, together, they made time to create a legacy of wonderful memories, including beautiful family vacations and endless summer days at their "Cape" cottage with children and grand children - and now even their great-grandchildren can enjoy.
Out of all of her many roles, being "Grammy" was one of Evelyn's favorites. All of her grandchildren have countless dear memories of being at Grammy's house -- full of hugs, snacks, and a well-stocked cookie jar and candy bowl. She enjoyed celebrating all of her grandchildren's accomplishments and was their number-one supporter at every recital and event.
In addition to serving her family and church, Evelyn was a firm believer in community service and civic involvement. She devoted years of her life to volunteer work, including: the Red Cross, Parent-Teacher Organization, registrar of voters, the Ellington Housing authority and short term mission projects, to name a few. She also dedicated many years to caring for elderly relatives and friends in need.
A family friend felt that Prov 31: 25-28 spoke of mom, and we agree!
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she shall rejoice in the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her.
Relatives and friends may join the family for Visitation on Sunday, November 19th, 2023 from 5:00 - 8:00pm at the Apostolic Christian Church (not fellowship hall) 34 Middle Butcher Road, Ellington, CT 06029. A Funeral Service will take place at 10:15 am on Monday, November 20th, also at the church. Burial will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery, Ellington, CT. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com