Viola E Lutz

May 14, 1927February 22, 2021

Viola Strueh Lutz was born to Carl and Luella (Lengelsen) Strueh on May 14, 1927. Thus began nearly 93 years of service to others and loving dedication to her family. Vi's journey on Earth ended on February 22, 2021.

Vi was the fifth of six children in the Strueh family who were raised on the family farm in western Vanderburgh County. Vi, along with two older sisters, two older brothers, and one younger brother, were in a typical environment of those times that consisted of hard work and dedication to family and friends. Those were the attributes that carried her through her long life's journey. Vi was a proud 1945 graduate of F.J. Reitz High School and a 1949 graduate of Deaconess School of Nursing. Upon graduation from Deaconess, Vi embarked on a lifetime of service to others with a lengthy career in nursing. The last 32 years of which were with Evansville Surgical Associates.

Vi loved attending Reitz Football Games, planning parties and reunions, being with friends, and spending time with her family. Vi was a lifetime member of her family's church, Salem (Huesler) United Church of Christ. There she served as the first woman president of the church council, chaired many committees, accompanied Pastor Al on home visits to help him administer Communion to the shut-ins, and served as a Diaconate. She enjoyed being a greeter on Sunday mornings.

Among those who have passed before her were her parents, former husband Jack Lutz, her brothers, Arthur (Darleen) Strueh and Donald (Betty) Strueh, her sisters, Luella (Harris) Crawford, and Loretta (Vernie) Bender. She was preceded in death by great niece, Lisa Strueh, and great-great nephew, Dylan Kneer.

Survivors include her brother, Gilbert (Wilma deceased) Strueh of Baton Rouge, LA; nieces and nephews who meant so much to her; godchildren, Terry (Karen) Strueh, Lafayette, IN, Carla (Allen) Graves, Baton Rouge, LA, and Philip Jarvis, Evansville, IN; caregivers, LaDonna (Roger) Jarvis, Newburgh, IN and Harris (Debbie) Strueh, Evansville, IN. Other nieces and nephews are Ken (Linda) Strueh, Evansville, IN, Tim (Barb) Strueh, Linden, IN, Sylvia (Scott) Bechtel, Lafayette, IN, Dianna (Greg) Bonaventure, Zachary, LA, Darrell Strueh, Pride, LA, Bob (Vickie) Bender, Becky Bender, Evansville, IN, Carolyn (Bill deceased) Donnelly, Washington D.C., Nancy Crawford, Rochester, NY, and Susan (Bob deceased) Herpy, Geneva, OH. She is also survived by cousins, many great and great-great nieces and nephews and a special friend, Bill Pickle.

Vi's journey on earth will surely bring a chorus of "Well done, thou good and faithful servant". Her laugh and quick wit will be missed by all who knew her.

A private graveside service will be held at Salem UCC- Heusler officiated by Pastor Al Schmitz. Friends may visit 1:00- 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Alexander West Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Salem (Heusler) U.C.C.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salem (Huesler) United Church of Christ 11325 E. Old Lower Mt. Vernon Rd. Evansville, IN 47712.

Condolences may be offered at


14 May

A Celebration of Life

1:00 pm

Salem UCC- Heusler

11325 E. Old Lower Mt. Vernon Rd
Evansville, IN


  • Visitation at Alexander West Chapel

    Sunday, February 28, 2021


  • A Private Gravesdie Service will be held in Salem UCC-Heusler Cemetery


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Chuck Weisling

February 27, 2021

To Gilbert Strueh,
Our sincere condolenses on the passing of your Sister, Viola. Although I did not know her, Gilbert and I shared many working and pleasure hours together. Gilbert, when you have time give me a call or email 812 425 7805.
Chuck Weisling

Delores Hedeman

February 26, 2021

So many happy 😃 memories with Vi (including a trip to Baton Rouge and watching 4th of July fireworks from her balcony and Bob’s endless teasing about her cooking). A good friend, a sharp dresser and a fun-loving person. I am blessed to have had her in my (our) life. Delores

Leslie Chamblee

February 26, 2021

I met Vi when I was taking care of her sister Loretta at Pine Haven.
She had a wonderful sense of humor and she always lifted me up as a fellow nurse. We kept in touch even after her sister passed and I left Pine Haven. We enjoyed fourth of July fireworks from her porch, we did lunch together. It was truly a blessing to have Vi in my life, I will always remember her. Rest in peace my friend.

Jeanie Smith

February 25, 2021

I met Vi over 35 years ago. She was always smiling and made my family feel right at home when we joined Salem Church. I got to know her even more on a Women Retreat, we became Yo-Yo sisters. ( You had to be at the retreat.) This world will truely miss the remarkable lady. Thanks for the friendship.

Ramona Heath

February 25, 2021

I have always loved Viola and thought she was a beautiful woman. I’m sorry our lives didn’t intersect much after my husband and I decided to move South.
My condolences go out to the family. God bless you all.
Ramona Heath (Lengelsen) & Kim Heath & Family