Elsie M Ludwig

elsie ludwig
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. She 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. She 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. She 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.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Elsie. I’ll always remember her love of dancing. She was A fun lady. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  2. I have many childhood and junior college memories. I remember Elsie taking Joanne and I to piano lessons. Joanne practiced much more than I did…to this day I can just read music but I guess I learned something. I can remember many a sleep-over at Joe and Elsie’s house. Elsie came to Mason City when Joanne and I were roomies. She was very kind to me and a lovely lady that loved her children very much. My deepest sympathy and many hugs to the Ludwig family. Colleen Lang I can remember


  4. With deepest sympathy to the Elsie Ludwig family. Her and her family were great neighbors. Have many great memories over the 65 years I’ve known her. Will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  5. Condolences to the entire Ludwig family on the loss of Elsie. She was always one of the sweetest ladies in the town of Elma. Thoughts and prayers to the family.❤️From, Pete and Jane Heying

  6. Thoughts and prayers to Joe and family. Elsie was such a sweet lady. Always enjoyed visiting with her through the years.

  7. Blessings and hugs to all of the family! Elsie was a wonderful lady with a fun zest for life. We were honored to have known her for so many years! Steve and Debbie Loes

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Elsie’s passing. She was a wonderful person, always kind and friendly. I have many good memories of her throughout the years. God bless you all during this difficult time. Dave and Denise Bergo

  9. Sending prayers and deepest sympathy to you all. Keep all those precious memories close and know you will see her again in heaven. Love, David and Terry Utterback

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