Elsie Ludwig, 97
Elsie Ludwig, 97, a longtime resident of Elma died Friday, May 15th at Afton Oaks Assisted Living Center in Elma, IA.
A private Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma. Due to the current restrictions burial will be held at a later date at Lourdes Catholic Cemetery in Lourdes. There will be a rolling visitation from 9:30-11:00 at the church on Friday prior to the memorial mass. Online condolences my be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family for designations to be made at a later time. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY FRIDAY, MAY 22ND AT 11:00AM VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOME FACEBOOK PAGE.
Elsie was born Feb 2nd, 1923 to Frank and Rose (Ondrashek) Valvoda and was raised on a farm near Cresco, IA. Elsie was united in marriage to Joe Ludwig Jr. on June 6th, 1944 together they raised 6 children. During their marriage she was a farm wife from 1950 to 1970 on a farm two miles outside of Elma before moving into Elma in 1970. Elsie was Joe’s right hand for many years, keeping the books in line and going on part runs for Ludwig Plumbing and Heating. She was active in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Elsie had an eye for antiques and loved to collect them. After retiring they enjoyed their winters in Florida for over 32 years. She made many friends there and loved socializing with them. Elsie enjoyed playing euchre, creating Halloween costumes for masquerade parties, and going to dances. Everyone knew who Elsie was.
Survivors are her husband, Joe Ludwig of Elma, IA, her sons Tom (Lori) Ludwig of Bradenton, FL, and Jerry Ludwig of Ossipee, N.H., daughters Joanne (Bill) Rausch of Little Rock, Ark, Jean (Kevin) Loes of Mason City, IA, and Susie Ludwig of St. Cloud, FL. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren
She was preceded in death by a daughter Rosemary (John) Gansen in 1974 and two sons who died at birth in 1949 and 1951.
The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate loving care provided by the staff of Afton Oaks Living Center – especially Sarah Brophy RN and Kari Dunn, and the staff of St. Croix Hospice – especially Cary Burke RN, April Wegner CNA, and Katrina Schemmel CNA.