Alice B. Lundt
100, of Chatham, former Township Administrator & Treasurer
Alice Burton Lundt passed away peacefully among family on May 15TH 2017 after a long and inspiring life. Alice lived her first twelve years in Manitoba, Canada, from her birth on August 10th 1916, two years before the 1918 flu pandemic, until 1928, when she and her mother emigrated to the United States. After graduating with a degree in Commerce and Finance from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority, she worked four years at the University of Iowa in charge of payrolls. In June 1941, six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, she married Marvin Leroy Lundt, her husband until his death in 2008. While Marvin was stationed in the Pacific during the war years, Alice was an auditor for Consolidated Steel, in Wilmington, California. After the war, the Lundt family got underway in many places: New York, St. Louis, Chicago, and finally Chatham, where the Lundts raised their two daughters, and Alice worked thirty years for the Township of Chatham, beginning as its Township Clerk, and ending as both its Administrator and Treasurer. The Township celebrated “Alice Lundt Day” on the anniversary of her 25th year, and four years later, in 1988, dedicated the new municipal building to Alice for her long and exceptional service to the Township. She did not retire in 1989 to quiet and leisure, but began an active new life as one of the creators of the Senior Center of the Chathams, as a member of the Library Board of Trustees, as a member of the Adult School Board, as a member and one time chairman of the Chatham Township Republican County Committee, and as a life member of the Chatham Township Art League. Inspired by her love of history, Alice helped form the Chatham Township Museum, and joined the Chatham Township Historical Society, serving as its President for two years. The Lundts were charter members of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Alice is survived by her two daughters, Christine Lambertus of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Sarah McCoubrey of Natick, MA, their husbands Arthur Lambertus and John McCoubrey, as well as the host of her friends’ children who call her “Grandma Alice.” Her century birthday last August saw at her party nearly one person for each of her years, many from out of state and the country, from as far away as California and Vancouver, Canada. She will be missed and remembered for her inspiration and love of so many, far more than were her amazing one hundred years. Funeral and interment will be private. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Music Fund, the Senior Center of the Chathams, or the Chatham Public Library.
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