Pauline H. Lutte, 95

Pauline Lutte

Pauline Lutte

FRYEBURG — Pauline Hill Pendexter Lutte, 95, died peacefully in her sleep at her lifelong home in Fryeburg on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Polly, as she was known by her many friends, was a well-known figure in Fryeburg, a source of historical information and an active community member. She was a frequent guest on ‘Remember When,’ and enjoyed speaking to school children on life in the twentieth century.

Polly was born on Oct. 30, 1919, to Florence (Hill) and Arthur Pendexter. She attended Fryeburg schools and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1936, and Maine School of Commerce in Portland. She married Arthur “Flick” Lutte in 1938 and together they ran Lutte’s Shell Station and taxi service, and raised their three children. She was a personal secretary to Harold Severance for many years. In her later years she and Flick ran the Tamarack Tree Barntiques where she enjoyed visiting with all who stopped in and sharing a bit of Fryeburg history.

She lived a long and happy life and had many interests and friends. She loved family gatherings, genealogy, reading, scenic car rides, picnics by the river, and tea parties with her many friends. She made amazing crabapple jelly. She had beautiful penmanship and daily practiced the lost art of letter writing. She loved Fryeburg Academy and never missed an Academy reunion or special event. For several years she had been the recipient of the Oldest Alumni Award, which she was thrilled to receive. She had a kind and loving heart, and will be missed tremendously by her family and friends.

She is survived by her three children: Lonni Lewis, Ken and Pam Lutte, and Kathy Dumont; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren: Lisa and Paul Wheeler (Jesse, Tanner and Jack), Laurie and Adam Pratt (Wes), Brittany and Brian Joas (Wyeth, Carl, Bodie, Beckett, Gretl), Tom and Merrily Lutte, Mark and Sarah Lutte (namesake Polly and baby Henry), and Chris and Katie Dumont (baby Caroline). She is also survived by her dear niece, Joy Johnson, of Lebanon, N.H.

A service will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Fryeburg, with a reception at her home at 626 Main Street to follow. In lieu of flowers, Polly’s wish was that others might help with The First Congregational Church Steeple Restoration Fund, The Fryeburg Historical Society, or Fryeburg Academy Alumni Association. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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