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Lottie Strupp

January 25, 1924November 21, 2019

Lottie Metzger Strupp was born on January 25, 1924. She died peacefully of natural causes nearly 96 years of age surrounded by her loving family in Alive Hospice in Nashville, Tennessee on November 21st, 2019. Lottie was born in Stuttgart, Germany and emigrated to Chicago with her sister Ilse at age 16, reuniting with her parents and sister, Leni, after 2 years of separation. She met her future husband, Hans Strupp, also a German Jewish refugee, in Washington, DC, whom she married in 1951 at age 27. Over the course of the next 60 years, she raised her three children in Nashville and was highly active in her career at the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies.

Throughout her adulthood, Lottie was known for her energy and a remarkable quickness of thought and action. Her friends often remarked that they couldn’t keep up with her. Indeed, a fiercely independent woman, Lottie was known late in life for her daily walks, commitment to aerobics, her skills at pool and bridge, and her refusal to give up her car keys until her 95th birthday. She lived a life of perpetual, unwavering commitment to her community, volunteering at The Temple, Planned Parenthood, the Oasis House for Homeless Teens, and won an award for her work with the Council on Aging.

Lottie is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Adele Metzger, her sister, Ilse Glaser, her husband, Hans Strupp, and her son, John Strupp. She is survived by her sister Leni, her daughters, Karen and Barb, her daughter-in-law, Dana Morris Strupp, her Son-in-law, David Levitsky, and her 5 grandchildren, Mike, Emily, Josh, Suzanne, and Sarah, and one great-grandson, Jonah; born a week before her death. A grave-side service will be held at The Temple Cemetery on November 22nd, 2019, at 1pm. A celebration of life will be held in a few months.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Alive Hospice, who took incredible care of Lottie and family the days preceding her passing.


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Karen Weeks

November 24, 2019

I remember Lottie for her love of opera and her diligence in helping friends attend with her. And I remember her as a mentor, helping others to reach their potential. Her wonderful touch was the real engine of the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, known as VIPPS. We will miss her. We are all thinking about her dear family.

With love, Karen