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Lutz Goesser

October 11, 1940 — December 30, 2022

Lutz Friedrich Goesser, age 82, of Saranac Lake, NY, passed away unexpectedly on 30 December 2022.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Karin Anna Goesser. He is also survived

by his daughters Birgit Goesser-Broch of Benicassim, Spain, and Julia Goesser-Assaiante of

Hartford, CT, along with Karin’s children, Sabine Vossen of Aachen, Germany; Gisela Emonds

of Aachen; Manfred Vigener of Kerkrade, Holland; and Niklas Vigener of Sudbury, MA, as well

as many grandchildren.

Lutz was born in Düren, Germany, on 11 October 1940 to Gertrud Peter, nėe Dersch, and Fritz

Peter. His father, Fritz Peter, was killed fighting in Russia during World War II. Lutz later took

the name of his adoptive father, Erwin Goesser. Lutz studied Applied Physics and Electrical

Engineering at the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He left

the University short of obtaining his PhD to start a computer software consulting firm with three

of his fellow students. Over 15 years their company, GEI, grew to several hundred employees

with offices in major German cities and Los Angeles. In 1985, Lutz retired from GEI and he and

Karin moved to Cranberry Lake, NY, and later to Saranac Lake, NY.

In addition to being an entrepreneur and business leader, Lutz had a keen scientific and artistic

mind, and fastidious attention to detail, all of which he applied to his many pursuits. In Germany,

he was an accomplished automobile racer and instructor, and participated in 24 Hour Races on

the famed Nürburgring driving a modified Porsche 911. He was an improvisational jazz pianist

who financed his university studies with musical gigs and for a time kept a Hammond B3 organ

in his home. Most visibly around Cranberry Lake and Saranac Lake, he was a lifelong general

aviation pilot with floatplane, commercial, and instructor ratings.

In addition to his family, he is survived by, and will be deeply missed by, many friends in

Saranac Lake and Cranberry Lake.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. Lutz’s immediate family will hold a funeral in Cranberry Lake cemetery and will hold a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2023. Family and friends wishing to remember Lutz Goesser may make memorial contributions to the North Country Life Flight in Saranac Lake, NY or the Cranberry Lake Voluntary Fire Department in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. Family and friends can also share a memory, send a condolence and sign the on-line guestbook at
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This is a private immediate family/friends service. A Celebration of Lutz's Life will be held in the Spring/Summer 2023.

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