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Hello all our Family and Friends!


     Lynn & I decided it was about time to take our boxes of pictures and memories of my parents, Gus & Therese, their lives, our Lutz relatives, all our friends and share them with our friends and extended family that are around us today.

We  also anticipate and welcome your memories and photos as we carry out our story and pictures in chapters. Please send your comments, stories and pictures to us, either by mail, or to this email address. h.laubis@gmail.com .

        Each chapter can be accessed by clicking on BLUE links below. I will put your comments and pictures into the appropriate chapter, when received. There is also a Place for you to join as a ‘Follower’  over on the right as well, just by entering your email address. This ensures you will be notified of all additions and corrections immediately as they happen.

            Tips for navigating this site: A single click on many of the items on right side of this page should bring you to that place. Also items in blue with underline are links to more information about that subject. When you select one of these, a new tab appears at top of your screen. When you wish to return to your previous place, click X on that new tab. Also, many pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.

These are planned Chapters and will be told in all our stories and pictures.

1-Let’s Begin the tribute to Gus & Theresa: Our Story starts with The Kottler and Lutz Families around 1900.                                                                                   Completed!

2-Our Family Lifestyles around 1900 thru 1914 + Details of Theresa & Gus’s German Heritage. This details our Family History Roots.                                     Completed!

3- Learning the good life– 1914 – 1925: This is the time frame during which Gus & Therese came to know each other in Germany, their families and their new lifestyle in Freiburg. Back home new generations emerge.                                        Completed!

4-Theresa Lutz-Kottler comes to America – 1925: She finally meets her relatives in America, the wonderful Uncle Franz Josef Lutz and his large family of American cousins.                                                                                                                               Completed!

5-Therese moves to NY and Gus follows -The 1930’s: More of God’s helping hand moves the future Laubis family plan along in an incredible way. Beginning the American Dream in spite of the depression 1930’s: Their old country friends, good jobs, setting up household and arrival of Hubert and Elisabeth.                                       Completed!

6-Pop Steers the Family into the Future  The great times and nice places to live brought on by Pops hard work and leadership. Buying property on Lake Lincolndale NY, our weekend & summer retreat, and being able to plant a garden, having relatives and friends come visit meant everything!                                                           Completed!

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7- Mom and Pop head off toward Retirement, and revisit their home countries. We look into their adventures with Grandchildren Lisa and Chris into the 1960’s and ’70’s.

8- The younger Laubis generations, enjoy life, 1950’s-1960’s: We, first and second generation Americans, make our way into the American dream with family and friends. We look at what Lynn, Hubert did before they met and married.

9-The Good Life in Lincolndale 1960’s and 1970’s: Mom and Pop retire. Lynn & I, now with IBM, move to Somers. Our friends and families visit, grand children join in. All is well! Rosel and Gus had always kept in touch with their home country roots. Now our many relatives come visit us as we do in return.

10-Somers New York 1980’s:  The 1980’s bring a significant change to the Laubis and Lutz families as The Gus & Rosel generation fades, young generations, Chris & Lisa flourish and life moves on.

11-The Youngest Generation  1990’s forward The Lutz Family reunions take over. Lynn and I retire. Our children’s families take the spotlight to this day.

September 4, 2017

Why are we taking on this huge Task?    This is a question I have been asked by a number of our community members. We are doing this for the benefit of all the younger generations to come along and have an interest in their heritage. The knowledge and pictures we will put out in the year ahead would otherwise be lost. Pictures in albums that will one day be disposed of, the memories that still linger in our minds need to be in a format that our children, grandchildren and beyond will be able to access. No question, this task would have been easier 10 -20 years ago as many of the faces you see in the pictures were alive and could contribute. Hopefully as the chapters unfold, you our Community members, will contribute and one day one of you will carry this site on.

God Bless!

Hubert & Lynn


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Family Crest – Front Door Provided by Kai Laubis Chicago 1996

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