LUTZ, Josef born in Nenzing, Austria November 14, 1928 passed away March 1, 2011 at the age of 82. Joe was trained as a baker and pastry chef in Cologne, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1957 living first in Quebec , where he married his first wife. In Quebec, he built and operated the Tiroler Inn in Ste. Agathe des Monts. In 1965, he and his young family moved to the Bahamas where he worked as a pastry chef. Returning to Canada three years later, he worked in the kitchen at Mica Dam as well as purchasing an orchard in Rutland. He also started Black Knight Construction, building several houses in the new Hollywood Road subdivision.
As an orchardist, Joe became interested in bees. The bees were necessary for pollination and this spawned yet another hobby turned business as a honey producer. In 1987, Joe and his second wife purchased property in Beaverdell, where they began a Christmas tree farm. He was known to many at the Elks Hall flea market selling honey throughout the year and trees at Christmas time.
Joe is survived by his wife Angelika (Elke) Lutz and three daughters Elizabeth Lutz (Bill Moisuik), Renate Lutz (Tim Woodworth) and Krista Lutz (Chad Valente). Joe also leaves behind his eldest brother Karl and several nieces and nephews in Austria.
Joe always loved an outdoor adventure, whether it was mountain climbing, skiing, snorkelling, spearfishing or hunting. As a tribute to Joe’s love of nature, please consider a memorial donation, in the name of Josef Lutz, to the Central Okanagan Foundation for the Central Okanagan Land Trust
250-861-6160, #217-1889 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5V5.
The family would like to thank Dr. Allison and the staff at Hospice House. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 6 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre, 4398 Hobson Road, at Sarson’s Beach.