Renate Elisabeth Putz

01/14/1946 — 06/24/2021

From Richland, WA | Born in Gettorf, Germany

Renate Elisabeth Putz

Renate Elisabeth Putz, age 75, of Richland, Washington, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021 at home after a long illness.

Renate was born January 14,1946 to the parents of Georg and Elli Schluter in Gettorf, Germany who preceded her in death. She immigrated to the United States with her parents on February 6, 1952. They settled in Seattle. She attended Pacific Lutheran University and studied Early Elementary Education. It was there she met her husband, Jon Michael Putz, who was serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Lewis. She later went back for her graduate degree in Elementary Education. She taught in the Seattle School District until she moved to Richland with her family in 1981. She taught in the Richland and Pasco school districts until retirement. Renate loved being a teacher and poured her heart into her teaching and her students.

Renate and Jon have three children and she was a loving and supportive Mother. Renate was creative and she was always contributing something to enrich the lives of her children. She was a dedicated Mother and was very involved in her children’s lives. She spent many hours volunteering in 4-H, the United States Pony Club, Cub Scouts and never missed a soccer game. She had five grandchildren, whom she adored. A thoughtful person, she always made people feel special and loved.

Renate loved taking care of her family, travel and especially take road trips. She never tired of driving and exploring new places. She sacrificed her needs for the good of her family and never complained. Family was of the upmost importance to her.

Renate is survived by: Jon Michael Putz, spouse, Richland, Washington.

Eric Jon Putz, son, spouse Teri Simpson and their two children Kathryn and Michael Putz, Portland, Oregon. Lisa Kristine Swenson, daughter, spouse Steven Swenson and their daughter Elli Swenson, Cle Elum, Washington; Jason Michael Putz, son, his spouse Tisha Putz and their two daughters Halinah and Addyson Putz, of Valleyford, Washington. George Schluter, brother, spouse Karen Schluter and their two children Kirsten and Steven Schluter, Seattle, Washington.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time.

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  • Dear John,
    I was so sorry to read of Renate’s passing. I have such distinct memories of you together at Rotary functions. I remember the first time I ever saw you both dance. You were the center of attention and the envy of many, including me. Your love for each other was obvious. Marta and I will keep you in our prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

    Greg Oberg
    November 22, 2021
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