Michael G. Lutz, 79, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, passed away on October 8, 2021 after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Mike was born on May 8, 1942 to Katherine and George in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After Mike graduated from North Catholic High School in 1960, he became a 2-time Golden Glove Champion of Pennsylvania prior to joining the Air Force and, afterward, the Philadelphia Police Department. While on the police force, he married his beautiful wife, Annette (née Lefebvre), while also attending night school and graduating from St. Joseph’s University.
Mike spent nearly 50 years in law enforcement, 25 of which were as a Philadelphia Police Officer, rising to the rank of Captain and serving in both the Patrol and Detective Divisions. During his career, Mike was the recipient of 30 Departmental Commendations for outstanding arrests, including Bravery, Merit and Unit Citations. He served in the elite Stakeout Unit, in which he adopted disguises as a vendor, insurance salesman, cab driver, elderly male and elderly female. As such, Mike subjected himself to the crime of robbery by shotgun, handgun, knife and various other weapons on nearly 100 occasions. Later in his career, Mike served as Assistant Regional Director of the Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics, Philadelphia Office, Recording Secretary, Vice President and President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Philadelphia Lodge No. 5, as well as Vice President and President of the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, which represents 40,000 members.
Mike volunteered his time assisting hundreds of town watches and anti-drug groups, as well as schools and churches, in the fight against drugs, and he received numerous awards from various organizations within the community, local, state governments and FOP for his dedication and service toward reducing crime, fighting drugs and improving the quality of life in the communities.
Mike was known for dedication, courage, sacrifice, trust and humility. Beyond his professional career, Mike was a devoted husband to his wife of 54 years, Annette, and father to two beautiful children, Michelle Bradley (Drew) and the late Jeannine Ricci (Michael), and grandfather of 7 grandchildren - Kyle, Justin, Brenden, Kayla, Madeleine, Lauren and Alex (deceased). He was a devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews. In his spare time, Mike loved spending time with his family, traveling with his wife, swimming, the beach, going out to eat, watching his grandchildren in their sports and activities, and playing poker with his friends.
Mike was predeceased by his daughter, Jeannine, brothers Gerald and Eugene, sister Kathleen, and grandson Alex. He is survived by wife, Annette, daughter, Michelle, and brother, Pat.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 9:00 - 11:00 A.M. at St. Martha’s Church, 11301 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA. Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M.
Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131-1909, an organization Mike felt strongly about Please see Donations section below for a link to make donations.
To share condolences with Mike’s family, please go to www.hollenfuneralhome.com.
Flowers should be delivered to the above church by no later than 8:00 A,M. on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Arrangements by Hollen Funeral Home, Inc., Thomas J. Fluehr, Funeral Director, 3160 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114, 215-698-2500, www.hollenfuneralhome.com.
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National Parkinson’s Foundation
200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami FL 33131-1909