Lieselotte LukasNovember 07,2013
DUNKIRK, Md. — Lieselotte “Lisa” Lukas, 80, died peacefully in her home Oct. 30, 2013.
She was born in Erlensee, Hessen, Germany, April 20, 1933, the first daughter of Karl and Margarethe (Jaeger) Traxel.
As a child, she learned the trade of tailoring and was an excellent seamstress all her life, enjoying the beauty of fabrics and colors.
At age 17, she married Karl Wilhelm Lukas. In 1958, together with their daughter, they immigrated to the United States, where their son was born in 1962. Lisa was proud to become an American citizen.
She worked as a seamstress at the Joseph R. Harris Co. in Washington, D.C., until moving to Maryland in 1969. Later, Lisa had successful office careers, first as a secretary for the international Bechtel Corp. and then as an executive secretary and office manager for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). At Metro, Lisa worked at numerous engineering office field sites in the Washington, D.C., area, helping to construct the Metro subway system. She was a hardworking, loyal, highly effective and organized worker until her retirement from Metro in 2000, after 25 years of service.
Lisa was a master gardener who spent every day in her yard planting, weeding or building to make her “little bit of heaven on earth.” Lisa made her home a welcoming and beautiful place of elegant but friendly hospitality, where she served many traditional German foods to family and friends. As a red hat lady, she loved to be with friends and experience new adventures. Along with her faithful Apple Green friends, she walked 3 miles every day.
Lisa was a faithful member of Jesus the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Calvert County. A deeply devoted Christian, she loved her church and all the friends she made there.
Lisa touched many lives through her kindness and loving spirit. She loved her family on both sides of the Atlantic and enjoyed spending time with them, particularly at the holidays.
Lisa is survived by her son, Michael Lukas, his wife, Kim, and their son, Kristopher; her daughter, Ingrid Lukas-Howe, her husband, Ralph Howe, formerly of Barre, Vt., and their children, Lily and Mary; her granddaughter Abigail Howe; and her grandson Gardner Howe and his wife, Emily. She is survived by her former husband Karl Baumann. She is also survived by her sister Maria and her beloved cousins, Erna Mickel and Lilo Schneider, and their families in Erlensee, as well as other relatives there; her niece, Gudrun Leon, and her family, of Clarksville, Tenn.
She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Karl Lukas, and her sister Elisabeth Laue.
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