Louis J. Lantz

Born: Sun., Oct. 18, 1936
Died: Sat., Feb. 25, 2012

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Louis J. Lantz, 75, of Lock Haven, died Saturday, February 25, 2012, at home with his family. Born October 18, 1936, in Lock Haven, he was the son of the late Ralph S. and Nancy (Caprio) Lantz. On March 21, 1959, he married Judith Haag, who survives at home. He graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1954 and Mansfield State Teachers College in 1958 with a degree in Music Education. Lou played the trumpet professionally, starting in high school. After graduating from college, he went on a USO tour to Japan in 1958/1959 with the Gabe Garland Band as a trumpeter and vocalist. Following that, he played with the Dean Hudson Orchestra, a southern regional band, and with Charlie Barnet. The family moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1961. He continued playing, and for three years toured extensively with the Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Ray McKinley, playing trumpet and as a Featured Vocalist. Lou came off the road and began working as a case worker for the New York City Welfare Department. He continued to play and perform in NYC, and sang with the Renaissance Chorus of New York for many years. The family returned to Lock Haven in 1970, and he worked as a Case Worker for the Clinton County Board of Assistance, retiring in 1996. Always a musician, Lou played and sang with several area bands; Johnny Nicolosi Band and Impact from Williamsport, and the Dance Band and Dixie Lions from State College. He also substituted for numerous area bands. Locally, he is most remembered for the Consord Sounds, a seven-piece swing band that played for many weddings, dances, and outdoor concerts, especially at South Hills Business School and the Lock Haven Triangle Park Summer Series. We can't forget to mention the infamous Last Resort Dixie Band, a favorite at the Saint Agnes Festival. Lou was a performer, arranger, composer, and purveyor of snappy patter. He put music and laughter in many lives and will be missed. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Sons of Italy. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Teresa, of Fairbanks, AK; Ralph, of Wyomissing, PA; Robert, of Falls Church, VA; Sarah, of Bloomfield, NJ; and granddaughter Mackenzie (daughter of Ralph); his sister, Theresa L. Stoy and Robert D. Stoy of Lock Haven, and their family; and his brother-In-law, Burritt L. Haag and Yveline Peter of Leeds, MA, and his family. Our family is filled with many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lou was preceded in death by a nephew, Ralph D. Stoy in 1992. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday March 4th 2012 from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Clinton Country Club, 41 Fairway View Dr. Mill Hall, PA. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.Memorial contributions can be made to the Susquehanna Cancer Center or the Ross Library, through the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home 121 W. Main St. Lock Haven, PA. 17745Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com

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Jack, Cindy, and family

Through his horn, his voice, and his conversation, Louie was spellbinding. His memory will sustain you and make you smile now and always. You and the famly have our love and prayers.


Sarah, you and your family are in my thoughts,

Linda Holt

Dear Lantz Family, I am so very sorry for your immeasurable loss. I am a friend of Bert's and I know how deeply all of you are hurting. You will be in my thoughts. Warm regards, Linda

Diana Andrus

Louie was one of the people who helped keep me sane at work. He was a funny, intelligent guy. I always appreciated his words of advise and perspective on life. I have many memories of working with him. One of my favorites was the day he had Judy drive to the office with his "stamp checking out" stuff. He was sure he had a rare postage stamp. Judy played along and made an emergency trip to the welfare office for Lou. His excitement was infectious. He will be sorely missed. Sincere condolences going out to Judy and family. May you find peace and comfort. Diana Andrus

Gordon and Sandra Van Wormer

We are very saddened to learn of "Louie's" passing. I am a Phi Mu Alpha, Beta Omicron brother of Louie. He was a great friend to me at Mansfield, as I was a year younger than he. He and I enjoyed many good times together. He will be greatly missed, but always in our hearts. Our prayers are with you all atthis sad time.

DIane Gold Toulson

As a classical musician I have fond memories of Lou from several decades ago when he played with the Nittany Valley Symphony with us. Always a kind and friendly man and great trumpet player we always enjoyed his company. Please accept my and the symphony condolences for this wonderful person and musician. I was his friend the flutist.

Bill Kawa

Dear Mrs. Lantz and family, My sincere sympathy in Lou's death. I only had a chance to work with him a couple of time in The Deacons of Dixieland, but I could never explain to you how much fun those jobs were. He was the true professional and just simply a nice man. I know your family will miss him and so will all the people like me, who were and will always be his fans. Thank you for sharing him with us. Bill Bill

Janet Blew

Dear Judy, I was so sorry to read in the Centre Daily Times this morning of Louie's passing. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. I send you love. Janet Blew

Pam and Michael Klein

Michael and i want to express our sincere condolences to the entire Lantz family. You are in constant thoughts and prayers.

Randy and Linda James

Dear Bert, Ralph and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. What an amazing man your Dad was! He leaves behind quite a legacy, and will be deeply missed. Our sincere sympathy at this sad time.

Barbara Dilling Kaplan

We have lost a great friend and musician. My father, Dave Dilling was also a fan of Louis. He used to see him stop at the bakery and buy a pastry to eat as he set out to deliver The Express. Louie touched many people in wonderful ways. He will be greatly missed.

Liz Ferrara Pettingill

We will miss your musical soul. May God welcome you into his Band.

melady Kehm

Judy and family--Received obituary from True today. I miss Lou already. I'll write tonight, and call in a few days. With love, Melady

Robert L. Gallagher

Judy and Family, So sorry to hear about Louie. He has been a friend of mine since the 8th grade at St. Agnes. He will be sadly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely. Robert and Dolores Gallagher

Henry Von Fricken

My Sincere Condolences to a wonderful family on their terrible loss. Uncle Louie (as Nancy referred to him) was one of the nicest Gentilemen I ever met. Heaven has made a wonderful gain as a result of everyone's loss.

jane (lindsey) crater

judy, teresa and all your families: sorry to here of louie's passing. have often thought of him over the years, the last i saw him was when he was playing at an anniversary for mazza's at south hills. surprisingly he remembered me, but that's lou. pat has kept me posted over the time he has been sick,. his journey has ended but will live on forever. quite a man!! your in my prayers. janie

Tom and Mary Dutton

To the Lewis Lantz Family and the Robert Stoy Families: We would like to offer our Condolences on Lewis's passing I knew him as a fine young man. In later years we were able to see him at Triangle Park in Lock Haven and at St. Agnes Festivals Thomas and Mary Dutton

David and Elaine Smith

Judy and family, How we loved Louie. From eating Italian with his family to before, during and after school fun to our grown up and growing old years, he was my friend. I will miss him terribly. We, Elaine and I, will hold him dear in our hearts. Hugs to you and children. With deepest sympathy.

Joe and Nancy King

Dear Lantz and Stoy Families, We will miss Uncle Louis smile and laughter as we send our condolences to cousin Ralph and Aunt Judy and all of the family. May all of his joyful memories sustain you during your period of grief.

Dorrie and Sig Rosen and Theodore

Dear Judy, We all are so sorry to have been apart for so long, I hope the expressions of love and the fuller memories which you and you family and friends will be sharing keep you strong. Our circle, and the love and dedication Lou gave to ours are priceless, and in Lou's term: 'delicious' too. I hope the Association's postings also brings pride to you and the children and grandchildren. Our site is honored to share his legacy.

Todd and Family

Bert, I am very sorry for your loss. In knowing you, I am sure your Father was an amazing person and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

Joe Schuchman

Ralph: I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Treasure the wonderful memories of which I am sure you have many. My deepest condolences,

Renaissance Chorus Association Board

Dear Judy, We are saddened to learn of Lou's passing. We have lost a treasured friend and colleague in Lou. Many of us worked with him in the Department f Social Services and many more crossed musical paths to sing choral music with him. We feel particularly close to Lou through our mutual association with Harold Brown, Lou's orchestration teacher at Mansfield College and founding director of the Renaissance Chorus of New York. We remember singing with Lou in the Chorus and his assistance in the editing and orthography of our 1970 edition of Johannes Ockeghem's Missa Cuisvis Toni. Lou also played an outstanding role in preserving Harold Brown's musical legacy by creating midis of some of Harold's previously unheard works; these, the Divertimento Air and Dance of the 1945 Divertimento for Small Orchestra, will be added to our website in tribute to Lou. We already proudly share his midi of the "andante sostenuto" of the 1950 Four Symphonic Movements at www.renaissancechorus.org. We treasure Lou's wonderfully apt and witty "Harold in Hinterland," a sketch of life at Mansfield College, posted on our website. We are deeply grateful for Lou's contribution on behalf of Renaissance music and Harold's body of work. More importantly, Lou was a friend. We know your loss is great. We extend our deep sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, The Renaissance Chorus Association Board

Ray Allen

Sympathy and kindest regards to the Lantz family and friends wherever they may be. God bless 1 and all. Coincidently, I was appointed to serve on the Allegheny County Board of Assistance in the 1980's along with atty. Bob Dodds, Sr. and some other exceptional folks. Take care.

Ella LynneBower Meskey

On behalf of our Mom, Audrey Bower, my brother, Tom, and I want to express our sympathy to Judy, Teresa, and the rest of your family on the loss of Louie. We will always remember the lovely sounds of his trumpet drifting through the neighborhood on summer evenings. The lantz family were our near neighbors for many tears---our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Lynnie

Vincent Stepulis

I was saddened to learn of brother Sinfonian and Musicians Union member Louis's passing. I am a 1955 graduate of Mansfield STC and remember Louis as a dedicated student.

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