Laura R. Ludwig, 91


Laura R. Ludwig (nee Schmidt), 91, entered into eternal peace on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. She was born on May 1, 1921, and baptized on May 13, 1928, in Dowagiac, Mich.

She graduated from Benton Harbor High School and was employed by Western Union, Whirlpool Corporation, and Berrien County in Michigan. She married Leonard Ludwig on Oct. 1, 1944. Laura worked as a secretary for Berrien County until retirement. In 2002, after suffering a stroke, she and Leonard moved to Wisconsin to live with her daughter Sandy.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening and reading on her Kindle. Before joining St. John’s Lutheran in Newburg, Laura was an active member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor, Mich. where she belonged to their Banner Committee and Quilting Group. She was also a member of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia (AHSGR). Although Laura lived in Wisconsin, her heart remained in Michigan, never forgetting her family and friends who live there.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Sandra (Steven) Enter of West Bend; and brothers Erich of Lakewood, Ohio, and Wilfred of Findlay, Ohio. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Augusta (nee Schmidt); husband, Leonard; son, Leonard Jr. “Butch”; and niece, Elaine Schmidt-Bouhall.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church (623 Congress St., Newburg, WI 53060) with the Rev. Jon Baumann presiding. The visitation will be at the church from 5 p.m. until the time of service at 7 p.m. Private interment will take place at North Shore Memorial Garden in Coloma, Mich.

Memorials may be made to Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph, Mich., or St. John’s Lutheran School Handbell Choir, Newburg.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 and www.phillipfuneralhome.com.