Mary Ludeman

Mary Ludeman

Saturday, January 24th, 1931 - Saturday, July 6th, 2019
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Obituary

Mary Louise (Franklin) Ludeman, 88, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Heritage House in Atlantic.

The only child of Gordon Leslie and Isabelle (Scott) Franklin, Mary was born January 24, 1931, in Dow City, IA. She graduated from Dunlap High School in 1948, and from Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI) in Cedar Falls, IA in 1951. Following graduation, Mary taught kindergarten in Earlham, IA, and her hometown of Dunlap, IA. She delighted in sharing stories about her first year of teaching.

Mary and James Eaton Ludeman of Waukon, IA, were married on May 29, 1954. Jim and Mary met at ISTC and carried on a long-distance romance while he served in Germany. Mary and Jim corresponded faithfully during the time they were apart – those letters were saved and serve as a reminder of their great love for one another. Mary and Jim lived in Mitchell, SD, Sioux City, IA, and Omaha, NE before retiring to Atlantic in 1987.

In Atlantic, Mary was a member of the United Church of Christ. She enjoyed bowling, playing Skip-Bo with members of her neighborhood club, and picnics at Lake Anita State Park. In her younger years, Mary served as a Girl Scout leader, which led to her interest in camping. She and her family spent many vacations camping in the National Parks.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue Hunt (Nicholas) of Atlantic, IA; son, James Ludeman (Annette) of Omaha, NE; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Reid (Mike McDermott) of Atlantic, IA, Carolyn Hunt (Ray Bruck) of Atlantic, IA, Benjamin Ludeman of Denver, CO, and John Ludeman of Omaha, NE; three great-grandchildren, Willa and Hallie Reid, and Natalie Boose; one niece and one nephew; and brother-in-law, Richard Honig.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband and best friend, Jim, her parents, and sister-in-law, Ann Ludeman Honig.

A time of food, fellowship and visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th in the Activities Room in the Heritage House Health Center. A private family burial will take place in the Atlantic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Atlantic Community School Foundation or the Heritage House.

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Mary’s family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, July 12th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 12th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Heritage House
    Address
    1200 Brookridge Circle
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    A time of food, fellowship and visitation with the family will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 12th in the Activities Room in the Heritage House Health Center.
  • Interment

    Location
    Atlantic Cemetery
    Address
    63119 White Pole Road
    ATLANTIC, IA 50022
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    A private family burial will take place in the Atlantic Cemetery.

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LaVon

Posted at 10:59am
Thinking of Mary makes me smile. To me she was gracious, generous and gentle. Thank goodness, her spirit will always be with you and all of us.
FJ

Fred and Janine

Posted at 08:13pm
Hello Nick and Sue and Family,

Mary was a gem! Her friendly disposition and caring heart were hallmark traits that we shall remember.

May the beautiful memories you have of her be time's treasured legacy, moving you onward day to day.

Fondly,
Fred and Janine
JH

Jana heckerman

Posted at 05:58pm
Sue, I was just telling my niece about our lake visits growing up. One of my best memories was out trip with your parents. I will always remember your Mom welcoming me as a daughter on that trip. I hope her final days were filled with peace. Jana
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