Dr. Ella Shepherd Lutsi

10 December, 194725 July, 2020
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Dr. Ella Lutsi went home to be with the Lord on July 25th after an 18 month battle with cancer. During the difficult journey, she was able to touch a number of lives in the medical community, and really everyone she came into contact with. Her strong faith and relationship with Christ was apparent through her life’s work.

Dr. Lutsi is survived by her loving husband, John Lutsi after 25 years of marriage together. She is also survived by her two children, Michael Wheeler (Cynthia) of Fletcher, NC, and Jeffrey Wheeler (Hongli) of Durham, NC. In addition, she leaves behind two step-children, Jon Lutsi of Falls Church, VA, and Lisa Cassis (Peter) of Valencia, CA. Ella and John were blessed with seven grandchildren, Jacob Wheeler and Mikayla Rew living in NC, Alexandra, Julia and Sophia Smith living in Malibu, CA. and Dustin and Daniel Lutsi, residing in Falls Church, VA; and step-grandchildren, Jessica Justin, Adam Barnes and Justin Barnes of NC. She was also survived by two sisters, Iva Pegg of Marshall, NC and Ava Peek of Fairview, NC; and brother, Victor Shepherd of Burnsville, NC.

Dr. Lutsi’s distinguished career consisted of working for the North Carolina EPA from 1990-1995 with her last assignment as Deputy Director in Raleigh, NC. She then embarked on a second career in mental health after attaining a Masters of Mental Health from Akron University and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Kent State University. Dr. Lutsi worked as a Licensed Clinical Counselor with Emerge, in Akron OH. and worked to treat individuals who were struggling with mental health issues as a Licensed Clinical Counselor in Massachusetts and North Carolina.

Her primary affiliations included American Counselors Association, National Board of Certified Counselors and Chi Sigma Tota.

A service will be held at Raleigh Memorial Park Chapel, 7501 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh on Wednesday, July 29 at 11:30am, with burial to follow. After the service, a small reception will be held at Mitchell Funeral Home, located next door to the cemetery. Attendance for the services will be limited to 50 people. We also ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Emerge Counseling Ministries Inc, 900 Mull Ave., Akron, OH.


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Joy Serednesky

July 29, 2020

Ella was such a lovely soul. I am so sorry for your loss
-Joy Serednesky

Dennos Le Golvan

July 29, 2020

John, you are the most fortunate of men to have been able to live 25 years with the love of your life, Ella, the women who welcomed you into her life and that of the Lord. These memories and gifts which she gave you will guide and support you into your future. Peace be with you.

Your Bible study friend and recipient of your kindness,

Dennis Le Golvan

Donald Lichi

July 29, 2020


Dear Friends
It is with profound sadness that I share during this time of loss even though our hope is in the resurrected Christ. I had the privilege of supervising Ella at Emerge Ministries and later work with her as one of our esteemed professional counselors. Ella was a woman full of grace, intelligence, confidence and total dependence on the Holy Spirit. She will be missed greatly!
Dr Don Lichi
Vice President
Emerge Counseling Ministries

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