FINDLAY - Gertrude Lucas, 95, peacefully passed away on Nov. 27, at Birchaven Village in Findlay where she has resided for several years.
Gertrude was born on September 15, 1924 in Goppingen, Germany to Wilhelm and Augustina (Pfaender) Drautz. Her family sailed to the United States aboard the S.S. Dresden arriving at Ellis Island on Christmas Eve, 1927. From there, they traveled by train to settle in San Francisco later returning east to the Cleveland area. Mrs. Lucas graduated as valedictorian of the1942 class at Shore High School in Euclid. She attended Bethany College where she was awarded a full academic scholarship, and began a career as society editor of the Collinwood Scoop newspaper in Cleveland. On July 8, 1944, she married William Lucas in Euclid and resided there until relocating to Tiffin in March, 1961. Mrs. Lucas had been employed by Kroger in Tiffin, and was a member of Eastern Star and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her children: Dr. Mary Haynes and Patricia (Robert) Kuhn both of Tiffin; Peggy (Robert) Myers of Aurora, and William Lucas of Findlay. She was Grandma to Julie Alford, Amy Morlock, and Michael Haynes of Tiffin; Jennifer Haynes of Stow; Wendy Carey and Katie Connor both of Aurora. She also had 12 great grandchildren.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents and her husband on Sept. 5, 1999.
There will be a memorial service held for Gertrude at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin with Chaplain Linda Davison officiating. There will also be visitation for family and friends on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services on Saturday, at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church or the charity of one's choice. On-line condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com