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H.P. Brandt Funeral Home

1032 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA

OBITUARY

Paul Lawrence Stutz

June 20, 1953October 3, 2019

Paul L. Stutz

Age 66, of Ross Twp., passed away suddenly from complications from Crohn's Disease on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Son of the late Leo and Jean Stutz; beloved husband of Gail J. (Evans); cherished father of Kathleen (Katie); brother of Bill (Cece), Mary Lee (George) Lozovoy, Mark (Cindy), and the late Michael (survived by Mimi); also survived by nieces and nephews. Paul retired after teaching for 38 years at his alma mater, North Catholic High School. He remained forever true to his extended North Catholic Family. A Celebration of Paul's life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10 AM in Vincentian Academy High School Auditorium, 8100 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 (at the corner of Peebles and McKnight Roads). Interment was private. Arrangements entrusted to the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc., 1032 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp., (412-364-4444). PAUL'S FAMILY REQUESTS NO FLORAL TRIBUTES. In lieu of flowers a fund will soon be established for memorial contributions. Condolences may be shared at www.brandtfuneralhome.com.

Services

9 November

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Vincentian Academy High School

Auditorium

8100 McKnight Road
(Corner of Peebles and McKnight Road)

Memories

Paul Lawrence Stutz

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Joann Cantrell

October 16, 2019

To even attempt to describe the impact that Paul has made on the countless friends, neighbors, students, family and anyone who was fortunate enough to know him - it would be impossible to ever do him justice. Paul was the depiction of all that is good in life. He was the example of honesty, integrity, humility, inspiration, loyalty, faithfulness - and those are just a few of the words that are associated with Paul's strength of character. The influence he had on so many young students cannot be measured. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to Gail, Katie and the entire Stutz family. How blessed we are to have known him.

TJ Klisavage

October 7, 2019

Paul Stutz was unique in so many ways. Had him for English class my sophomore year (and yet I still cant speak it with my native tongue), creative writing my junior year (which turned me into a poet), and I had the honor of managing the school chess club with him. He even included me in helping make football picks.

Paul was always willing to lend a hand When needed, like When I left my cell phone on a port authority bus and he was able to go get it for me since the bus garage was not far from his house. When my mother was going through cancer for the second time, he (along with Mr Niesen) always asked how she was doing. And just like Pierre, he was one of the first people at the funeral home during the first day of viewings. We tried to keep in touch after I graduated, but at times we got too busy. But I'm sure the friendship was still there.

But their is One particular memory that has always stuck with me. We both had a mutual friend in Jim Nied since the 3 of are North Catholic grads. Paul and Jim used to carpool to school together. I then proceeded to tell him about how i was with the Nieds Hotel Band. When I told him about the 2 Disk album they had, he bought one without any hesitation. About a week after he bought the CD, he comes to me saying "I was getting ready to ask you for a refund." As soon as the tune "Never too old to Rock" came on, Sean McDowell started to talk. Paul then started to think this so called 2 disc album was only a couple songs and the radio came back on LOL.

Paul, you were a great man. You will never be forgotten and will always be #ForeverTrue #NorthCatholic

Maggie Bailey

October 7, 2019

Where do I even begin? Mr. Stutz gave me so much confidence in my writing through his Creative Writing class yet here I am, struggling to string sentences together. There are a lot of great teachers out there, but what made Mr. Stutz stand out was his ability to make students feel special. He made me feel like I had a gift that needed to be shared with the world. He is a huge contributing factor to my job as a writer for a television station after college, and an even bigger contributing factor to my current penning of a book. After reading other students memories, it's evident I'm not the only student he instilled the gift of confidence and belief in! NC Alumni are so fortunate to have had him to learn from and grow through!

In Mr. Stutz' English class, I learned, "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined!" (Thoreau) I am so thankful to have had a teacher to instill that confidence in me at such a tender age!

Though Mr. Stutz most personally affected my life through my writing, it would be remiss not to mention his encouragement to join his Cross Country team. I never liked running...truth be told, I still don't particularly enjoy running...but when Mr. Stutz asked me to join his team, I just couldn't say no! I would most definitely rank amongst his worst runners! I was full of excuses, never lacked for shenanigans (like the time I was caught hiding in the bushes during laps!) and I'm very likely his only runner to get lost on the course during a race! Mr. Stutz didn't make a runner out of me...BUT he believed he could! And that belief made a lackluster runner out of me! To this day, I sometimes run...and every time I do, I count mailboxes to get me though (because telephone poles aren't as easy to come by outside of the city!) and remember that Mr. Stutz always believed I could!

My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this most difficult time.

Maggie Kutschbach Bailey
Class of 2004

Bethany Doerfler

October 6, 2019

Mr stutz was my cross country coach, and resident inspiring teacher for so many of us at North Catholic. He was the first one to put together booklets for the runners with various motivational quotes and gave us photos of ourselves racing. He would often spring for pizza after races. On long tough runs he seem to show up right when we would be walking and give us just the right amount of laughter and motivation that we needed to keep going. I feel so lucky to have had him as my coach and mentor over the years. My condolences to his family He was a great man

Kellie Makar (Brown)

October 6, 2019

Paul was my next door “neighbor”, meaning he had his classroom right next to mine during my first year of teaching. I was so nervous and so intimidated to teach high school for the very first time. He was their tenth grade English teacher. I was their tenth grade History teacher. He never made me feel any less for being a clueless 20 something thrown into the wild next door, and welcomed me to the family.

I never encountered someone who loved North Catholic more than him. He was “true north”. He inspired not only students, but young teachers like myself. I always wondered what went on next door because the kids simply adored him. I wanted to be the “the favorite”, but it was most certainly him—and I was okay with that.

That last year on Troy Hill will always be my favorite. We won the state championship that year, and Paul was in his glory.

I am so honored to have been your “neighbor” during your last year teaching at North. You might have left us, but your North Catholic legacy will always remain. ❤️💛

Ron Wellings

October 6, 2019

My bodacious Brother Paul “Duda” Stutz and I met and instantly bonded as we lived across from each other on the fourth floor of Leroy Hall at IUP in 1971. We lived the next four years seemingly inseparable creating life-shaping indelible memories as we navigated our world. We pledged and joined the best fraternity on campus, Phi Kappa Psi, in the Spring 1972. Of those who have walked in and out of my life Paul has left some of the biggest footprints on my heart.
"I feel like part of my soul has loved you since the beginning of everything."- Emery Allen
RIP Duda, and thanks!

Ron Wellings

October 6, 2019

My bodacious Brother Paul “Duda” Stutz and I met and instantly bonded as we lived across from each other on the fourth floor of Leroy Hall at IUP in 1971. We lived the next four years seemingly inseparable creating life-shaping indelible memories as we navigated our world. We pledged and joined the best fraternity on campus, Phi Kappa Psi, in the Spring 1972. Of those who have walked in and out of my life Paul has left some of the biggest footprints on my heart.
"I feel like part of my soul has loved you since the beginning of everything."- Emery Allen
RIP Duda, and thanks!

Barbara (Jarsulic) Weilersbacher

October 6, 2019

I was one of his students while he taught at Holy Ghost High. I remember how he always had patience for everyone, not only was a great teacher in the classroom but also how he gave his time to us after class for things like intramurals! Especially the time that he piled 13 of us (including himself) into his quite lg car and took us to a Volleyball tourney! He got us there in one piece too! He was a super teacher and more importantly a super person! He will be missed, I am so sorry that he passed away ! He was too young! I would like to extend my deepest Sympathy and Prayers to his wife Gail (who was also another great teacher of ours) and to the rest of his family!! RIP Paul STUTZ ! 😢

Ken Walker

October 5, 2019

Mr. Stutz was my favorite male teacher at North Catholic. I've repeated that for 33 years since I had him my senior year. I have no idea how I ended up in his English class but I always remembered his genuine care in educating us students. At our 10 year reunion Mr. Stutz as promised showed up with our 10 year letters and recalled us by our first name as if class had just let out. Over the years I would run into other alums who may have seen Mr. Stutz or see an article with his name in it. Jim Long '01 would keep me posted on Mr. Stutz in the recent years and I would always make a point to tell Jim to let Mr. Stutz know I said "hello". Jim would tell me later that Mr. Stutz was glad to hear from past students and said hello as well. Condolences to the Stutz family as it is sad to hear of a loss from a cherished time of our youth.........Rest in Peace as you were Forever True.

Ken Walker, Class of '86

Michael Lamb

October 5, 2019

All four of my children and my son in law had Mr Stutz for honors English. My oldest daughter also had him for freshman English. My daughter Kathleen was called to teaching by his example and for 6 years taught a creative writing course with him. All three of my daughters and my son in law ran on the cross country team under his tutelage. Two of my daughters and my son in law were his team captains. I served on several N.C. committees with Paul. His famous character “ the monk” was Eugene Troiano , a good friend of mine who died of a heart attack in his early 30s. I am honored to be in the NC Hall of Fame with Paul. Needless to say I knew him well. Paul in my mind will always be a model of what an ideal secondary school teacher should be like. He knew his subject and enjoyed teaching it. He knew how to convey the important points to students with various levels of scholastic ability. He was able to meet kids at their own level and made it a point to focus on the positives and improve each student’s confidence . He did all of this and usually he made it fun. In my mind he was North Catholic’s “Mr Chips”. Paul left a great legacy affecting the lives of many students for their own betterment. In our family he will never be forgotten.

Michael Lamb MD

FROM THE FAMILY