Gloria Jeannette Ludwig

July 10, 1935 – June 4, 2013

Gloria Jeannette Ludwig of Waukesha, formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at her home surrounded by her family at the age of 77. She was born in Orson, Pa., on July 10, 1935, the daughter of Frank and Olga (nee Rewiski) Lichtwark.

She was a 1954 graduate of Johnson City High School in New York. On June 18, 1960, she married Merrill Ludwig in Endicott, N.Y. Gloria worked for several companies in the Binghamton area and then as a space shuttle technician for IBM. She was a master gardener, enjoyed baking for her family and friends and was a member of several wild mushroom clubs.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of almost 53 years, Merrill F. Ludwig of Waukesha, and their children, Gerald (Rita) Ludwig of Binghamton, Kurt (Sheryl) Ludwig of Greendale, Lisa (Rick) Smith of Waukesha and Keith (Ellen) Ludwig of Johnson City, along with her son-inlaw, Albert Searles of Endicott. She was the proud grandmother of Jason, Jennifer, Jessica, Megan, Emily, Joseph, Hannah, Rachael, Abigail, Phillip and Lauren, and dear great-grandmother of Matthew, Marielle, Logan, Ryan and Aaliyah. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Linda Searles; her sister, Donna Lichtwark; her first husband, Gerald A. Smith; and her grandson, Alexander Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, in the natural burial section of Prairie Home Cemetery, 605 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha. Please meet at the cemetery office.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gloria’s memory are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association-Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.