She was 95 years old.

Wilma Elizabeth Lubitz, 95, of Bemidji, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at her home.

    Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji with Rev. Matthew Wurm officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to  7p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Cease Family Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji.

    Wilma was born January 7, 1918 in Goodland, Indiana, the daughter of George and Martha (nee Frohreich) Drummond. Her family moved shortly thereafter to Perham, Minnesota, where Wilma was raised. She graduated from Perham High School in 1935 and married her sweetheart, Lawrence Lubitz, also of Perham on September 30, 1937.

    Wilma was employed at the Perham Post Office from 1937 to 1947. Lawrence and Wilma moved to Crookston, Minnesota in 1958, where Wilma was employed as a secretary to the Crookston High School principal for five years and later, as a secretary for Dahlgren Seed Company. She and her husband built and then operated Carman Terrace Mobile Home Park in Crookston until they retired in 1977.

Lawrence died in 1991, after which Wilma started volunteering to take baby pictures at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji. She enjoyed the company of and loved her many friends. Wilma was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji and was active in their Ladies’ Aid, Widow’s Club and Lydia Circle until she suffered a debilitating stroke on July 10, 2009. She also had enjoyed being a member of the Town and Country Homemakers and the Senior Citizens’ Center.

    Wilma loved her Lord, her family, the outdoors, traveling and fishing. Her father took her fishing when she was three years old and she enjoyed that sport her entire life. Her neighbor, DNR Captain Roger Tietz, affectionately nicknamed Wilma, “The Fish Slayer.”  Wilma was equally happy to be able to catch Mahi Mahi off the coast of Mexico or walleyed pike off her cabin shore on Red Lake at Washkish. She was grateful to Roger and her nieces and nephews, (Jim Yost and Georgia and Vern Schock), and especially Richard Hooks, for taking her fishing the latter years of her life.

     She had traveled all over the U.S. and had been to many foreign places including Australia, Fiji, St. Maarten, the Grand Caymans and cruised to the Bahamas. Wilma loved trees almost as much as she loved fishing, wanting to take home every little pine seedling she saw on a trip to Michigan. She was thrilled to travel to “The Giant Forest” and see “The General Sherman Tree,” at Sequoia National Park. Her advice was: “Never stop planting trees. Some of them will die, but never stop planting trees.” And over the years, she planted hundreds of them. She was happiest when she could be outside, enjoying the beautiful landscape created by our Lord, but she also enjoyed the big cities, having been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Walt Disney World in Orlando, and Broadway shows in New York City and Las Vegas.

She had a wonderful life and the family would ask you to remember that fall is for planting and if you can, please plant a tree for Wilma.

    She is survived by one son, William George Lubitz of Grand Forks, North Dakota and one daughter, Linda Kay Lubitz of Winter Park, Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Casket bearers will be Dennis Drummond, Leon Gerjets, Roger Tietz, Dave Stadler, James Yost and Vern Schock.  

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