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Chicago, IL (January 13, 2006) – Fr. Robert J. Lutz, pastor emeritus of St. Norbert Parish in Northbrook, died of heart failure on Thursday, January 12, 2006, while visiting friends in Wisconsin. He was 81 years old. At the time of his death, Fr. Lutz was a resident at Bishop Lyne Residence in Lemont.

A native of Chicago, Fr. Lutz served in parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago for 44 years before his retirement in 1994. He was ordained in 1950, having completed studies at both Quigley Preparatory Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein.

He served for 11 years as assistant pastor of St. Aloysius Parish (1950-1961) on Chicago’s northwest side. Fr. Lutz had assignments as assistant pastor for the next 14 years serving in that capacity at St. Isaac Jogues, Niles (1961-1966); Queen of the Rosary Parish, Elk Grove (1966-1972); St. John Chrysostom Parish, Bellwood (1972-1973); and St. Robert Bellarmine on Chicago’s northwest side (1973-1975).

Fr. Lutz became the pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish in the southwest suburbs in 1975, a position he held for nine years until he was named pastor at St. Norbert Parish in Northbrook. He was pastor there for 10 years until his retirement from active ministry in 1994, at which time he was made pastor emeritus of St. Norbert.

Visitation for Fr. Lutz will be held on Sunday, January 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Norbert Church, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook, and on Monday, January 16, from 2 to 9 p.m.

Bishop Thad Jakubowski, retired auxiliary bishop of Chicago and a classmate of Fr. Lutz, will be the main celebrant at a Mass for Fr. Lutz on Tuesday, January 17, at St. Norbert Church. Interment is in St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

Fr. Lutz is survived by two brothers, Anthony (Sue) and Raymond (Nancy), and several nieces and nephews.

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