Elizabeth M. Rutter 90, Luther Acres resident, volunteer

By on December 5, 2012

Having lived her life as a servant of Jesus Christ, Elizabeth M. Rutter is now praising her Lord in Heaven.

Elizabeth passed away at Lancaster General Hospital Nov. 27, 2012 at the age of 90 years and four months.

She was the daughter of Edward W. and Emma Crawford Dietsch of Philadelphia. She was the loving wife of the late Rev. Dr. Richard M. Rutter, to whom she was married for 61 years.

At Lutheran churches in Lehighton, Conyngham, Millersville, Everett and Breezewood, where her husband served as pastor, Betty was the perfect minister’s wife. After living in Gettysburg, they moved to Lititz in 1983 and spent their final years at Luther Care Retirement Community.

Always a caring and giving person, Betty volunteered at Lancaster General Hospital and the Luther Acres physical therapy department and grocery store. She visited the sick and shut-ins and brought joy to all. Her travels to England and Germany were treasured memories, as were her annual vacations with her family to Ocean City, N.J. She also enjoyed Philadelphia Eagles ‘Bash’ parties with family and friends, shaking her pom-poms at each touchdown.

Elizabeth is survived by her two sons: Richard M. Rutter Jr., husband of Janice, Lancaster; and John L. Rutter, husband of Deborah, Lititz. Also surviving are four grandchildren: Richard E. Rutter, husband of Roxanne, Columbia; Mark E. Rutter, husband of Jennifer, Rothsville; Tina, wife of Mark Kirsten, Lancaster; and Matthew E. Rutter, husband of Amy, Columbia; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. She is also survived by a sister: Dorothy Fairweather, Philadelphia; four nieces; and three nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers: Edward W. Dietsch, Jr. and Howard A. Dietsch.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 200 W.Orange St., Lititz, on Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James R. Gable, Jr. and the Rev. E. Walter Cleckley, Jr. as the celebrants. A luncheon will follow the service.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. Memorial remembrances may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lititz; or Luther Care, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543.

To submit an on-line condolence, visit: scheidfuneralhome.com.

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