Barbara A. Lutkenhaus
September 16, 1947 - June 30, 2020
Joseph J. Smith
Argentina Santiago
Nancy Swensen Sheely
Luan Anderson
Kat & Steve Turkewitz
Jeff Costa
Karen Taback
Amin Saroja
Larry and Sue Dwyer
Elda McQuade
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Please make a donation in Barbara’s name to The Somers Women’s Club.

Barbara A. Lutkenhaus passed away on June 30, 2020. She was born on September 16, 1947, in Yonkers, NY, the daughter of Laurence and Lucile (McCarthy) Blodgett. During her long career in the English department at Somers High School, first as a teacher, then additionally as the department head, she was admired for her intellect,…

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Diane Genovesi left a message on July 11, 2020:
Heartbroken to hear about Barbara. She was an incredible mentor to me throughout my education. It was also my pleasure that we stayed in touch all these years. She would share her stories of her latest adventures and absolutely light up when spoke of her grandchildren. Please know that she touched so many people and she was incredibly proud of her family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Argentina Santiago left a message on July 11, 2020:
My deepest condolences my heart is very heavy and sad I don’t have words to say just glad she went home to say goodbye and be with her love ones she will be greatly be miss.
Rosemary Van Wart left a message on July 10, 2020:
So shocked and saddened to hear about Barbara's untimely passing. May she rest in peace. Sending love and prayers to the whole family.
Nancy Swensen Sheely left a message on July 10, 2020:
My deepest sympathy to your entire family. Mrs. L. was my 9th grade teacher before I moved to the Cape. I always loved her class and she was very patient with me. I babysat for her son a couple of times and she had a lovely family. I was so sad to here the news. My kindest wishes for all...
Linda Spinosa left a message on July 10, 2020:
We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother! May her memories fill your heart with her love, because the heart never forgets! The Spinosa family!
Grace Ostermann left a message on July 9, 2020:
May Barbara rest in peace. Deepest sympathy to her entire family.
Luan Anderson left a message on July 9, 2020:
My dear cousin Barbara has been very difficult to accept that she will no longer be around to visit in Florida! I didn't get to NY to see her more recent home. I essentially spent last Friday reflecting on all the good times we had over the last 70+ years while on holiday on my patio. I cannot express enough my sincere heart felt sympathy to Vanessa and Bryce and Lucy and Lorie and Ed and Dylan and Shawn. Barbara's life was suddenly cut too short!
Kat & Steve Turkewitz left a message on July 9, 2020:
Sending our heart felt sympathy to the entire family. RIP Barbara 😓
Joe Lohwasser left a message on July 9, 2020:
Mrs. Lutkenhaus was a terrific teacher and nice person when I had her English class in High School. I still remember her lessons today. Thank you!
Jeff Costa left a message on July 9, 2020:
Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and educator. You made such a difference in my life and you will be missed.
Karen Taback left a message on July 8, 2020:
My heart is saddened by the sudden loss of your mom, mom in law and grandma. She loved Lucie with all of her heart, as Lucie loved her back. Her death will leave a space in each of your lives. I wish you love, strength and beautiful memories. With love, Aunt Karen
Gail & Dan left a message on July 8, 2020:
We're so sorry for your loss,...for our collective loss. Your mom's death dims the light of our community, indeed of the world. Barbara was a very dear friend for 50 years. As you know, we taught together, enjoyed monthly group dinners for 30 years, vacationed as families and later explored the world together. We spent many winters as neighbors in Florida. We were there when she discovered her sunset view on Lake Mahopac. Barb was smart, quick witted, sensitive and extremely loyal. I know how dearly she loved her family- children and grandchildren. How proud and happy she was to be part of your lives, to read a story to the children, to watch them grow, to see you become strong, loving families. Please know we're here for you in the future and that we love you. Dan and Gail
Jim Romanelli left a message on July 8, 2020:
It seems so long ago - but you were then, and remain now, one of my best and most adored teachers. Thank you for the lessons taught, the inspiration given, and the brilliance that so many benefited from. God speed....and thank you again.
Linda R. Kay left a message on July 8, 2020:
My deepest sympathies to Barbara's family. After college graduation in 1969, Barbara, JoAnn DiBrango, and I (Linda Kay) spent 3 months hitchhiking all over Europe. We traveled as frugally as we could, and we had so many good times! It's in my document. If you'd like it, I can send it to your email address. During the past 15 years, we've often gotten together with our other college buddies in various places: at Barbara's home, in Manhattan, at the Bronx Botanical, in Schenectady at the home of Joanna Kabat, etc. We tried to stay in touch and keep our friendships going. We had even planned to meet in NYC this past June, but Covid-19 got in the way of that and then Barbara's other problems. We'll miss Barbara so much! May she rest in peace. Love, Linda Kay
Patricia Compton left a message on July 8, 2020:
Lori, your mom raised a fabulous daughter . She lives on in you and you are her legacy. Remember the love.
Amin Saroja left a message on July 8, 2020:
We played bridge in Bonita Springs a couple of years ago. You made it an enjoyable experience. A lot of people were very fond of you and will miss you as we will. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family and friends! Drs Saroja and Rohi Amin
Larry and Sue Dwyer left a message on July 8, 2020:
We will miss you and your warmth of friendship. Deepest sympathy to your loved ones and dear friends.
Elda McQuade left a message on July 8, 2020:
Barbara was a big part of our family. She was a loving grandmother and very special to her grandchildren. We will miss her.
Pam Russo left a message on July 8, 2020:
Heartfelt condolences. She was my teacher, my friend
Joseph J. Smith left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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