Long-time Westfield resident Lauramae Cutler, 98, passed away peacefully on
April 17th. Born in Westerville, Ohio, she was the oldest of four children.
She earned a B. A. Degree in Chemistry from Maryville College in 1943 and
studied at the University of Akron while working at B. F. Goodrich. There, she
met her future husband, Frank A. Cutler Jr., and following their marriage in
1946, moved to Minneapolis where she obtained a Library of Science degree at the
University of Minnesota and became their Pharmacy School librarian. After moving
to New Jersey, she worked in the Merck Veterinary department until the birth of
her first child.
While raising three children, she volunteered at the Westfield school libraries,
the Presbyterian Church library, and at the Miller Cory House, a museum
portraying 18th century farm life. She demonstrated the preparation of freshly
shorn wool for dying and spinning, and then how to spin this wool using her
treasured flax wheel that has been in the family since 1750.
Lauramae enjoyed bridge, gardening, sewing, knitting, traveling, and genealogy,
and was active in the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and as an officer in the
Westfield Chapter of the DAR. She devoted her life to her late husband Frank
and their family, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great
grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Fannie Heimlich; three sons, William, Robert, and
James; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Due to current public health concerns, a memorial service will be scheduled
later this year by Gray Funeral Homes in Westfield. Contributions can be made
in memory of Lauramae Cutler to the Daughters of the American Revolution
(payable to "NSDAR, Westfield Chapter" c/o Gray Funeral Home, 318 E. Broad
Street, Westfield, NJ 07090) or to The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, 140
Mountain Avenue, Westfield, New Jersey 07090. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com
To offer condolences.