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Obituary: Elizabeth V. Leutner '42

Elizabeth Leutner of Madeira Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2009. Betty was born on October 22, 1919 in Shanghai, China where she lived for her first eight years with her parents Horace and Katherine Vanderbeek. She then moved to New Jersey.

She graduated from Antioch College in 1942. At Antioch, she met her first husband, Robert Evans and moved to Cleveland, Ohio. She served in the WACs in World War II.

While working as a medical researcher, she raised a family of four children. Her emphasis on education ensured that all four children graduated from college, with two going on to receive PhDs in the sciences. She married Fred Leutner in 1969.

Fred and Betty owned and Operated  a medical lab in Cleveland before they retired and moved to Madeira Beach in 1976. Betty loved the outdoors and had lifelong interests in birding, sailing, hiking, and camping. In her early twenties, she bicycled across Europe. In her mid eighties she went on a safari to Africa. In between, there were few spots on the globe she did not visit.

She was a member of  the Unitarian Church of St. Petersburg, where she played avery active role for decades, including the design and funding of the Church’s Memorial Garden. She served on the State of Florida Board of Directors for the Church.

She is survived by her sister, Margaret Barstow, Connecticut, daughters Barbara Schulz, Germany, Sally Findley, New York, Rebecca Evans, Washington, son, Alan, Oregon, grandchildren Erik, Martin, Michael, Ellen, Molly, Peter, Jenny and Claire, great grandchildren, Lena, Clara, and Caroline.

Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 21stat 11AM at the Unitarian Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave N.