Helen Ludwig

helen ludwig
Helen Ludwig, age 93, of Elma, died on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Colonial Manor in Elma.  Helen Katherine (Schmelzer) Ludwig was born on July 27, 1914 to Mathias and Mary (Miller) Schmelzer in West Union, Iowa.  As a young child she moved with her family to Cresco, Iowa and later moved to Elma where she graduated from Immaculate Conception School.  Helen was united in marriage to Louis J. Ludwig on November 14, 1933 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma.  The couple lived on a farm near Lourdes where they farmed and raised their three children.  In 1968 Louis and Helen moved into Elma where she has lived ever since.  The last three years she has resided at Colonial Manor. Helen enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and visiting with family and friends.  She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Rosary Society and Merry Makers Club. Helen is survived by one son Don (Eula) Ludwig of Elma; two daughters Eleanore (Joe) Gansen of Elma and Janette (Bill) Meyer of Fort Atkinson, IA; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; sister Mildred Murphy of Marengo, IA and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Louis who died May 18, 1973, three brothers Francis, Paul and James Schmelzer and grandson John Meyer who died on January 26, 1996. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes with Bill Meyer Jr., Jim Ludwig, Kenneth Gansen, Robert Gansen, Richard Gansen and John Ludwig serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be 4:00-8:00pm on Monday, January 28, 2008 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a Rosary at 4:30 pm and a Scriptural Wake Service at 5:30 pm and will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood celebrating mass. rn

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