Popular Volkswagen removed from Clearfield residents’ tree

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CLEARFIELD (News4Utah) – City crews removed a popular Volkswagen mounted in a resident’s tree Tuesday as neighbors watched and TV cameras recorded.

65 year old Janis Zettel got the 1973 Super Beetle as a birthday gift from her son, painted it and named it Lucy.

“She just looked like Lucy and kind of reminded me of the Beatles’ song ‘Lucy In The Sky’,” Janis told News4Utah. “I don’t know. She’s a Lucy.”

Lucy was too far gone to restore and taking up space in the backyard so in December Janis and her husband had a tree-mendous idea…and a neighbor with a forklift.

“He just brought it over and stuck it in the tree,” Roy Zettel said. “We didn’t think anything about it. It was just cool ya know it was just really fun to have this ladybug Volkswagen in the tree. All the neighbors just really loved it.”


Except for one who complained and the Zettels got a citation for a “nuisance vehicle” code violation and an order to take Lucy down.

Tuesday afternoon a city crew debugged the tree and Lucy was grounded, causing an emotional reaction from complete strangers.

“I saw it on the news and every time I saw it I smiled because it brought happiness,” Layton resident Amanda Koon said.

Amanda’s smile turned to tears when she realized Lucy had been taken down.

“Yes that makes me very sad. That she had to take it down because it obviously made her a lot happier than it made me,” Koon said. “That hurts my heart.”

Janis’ reaction?

“I don’t want to say anger. I want to say maybe more frustrated you know, something that so many people enjoyed had to be destroyed,” Janis said. “It’s upsetting you know, it is. She was a good friend up there and fun and she brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people.”

So Lucy is no longer in the sky with diamonds but now this Beetle is going on tour.

“We’re going to haul it around to different events and activities so Lucy still lives,” Roy says. “Just not the cool that it was.”

For more information go to Lucy’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lucy.zettel

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