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Constance L. Ludwig

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Constance L. Ludwig Obituary
Ludwig (Orsi), BSN, Constance L. Passed away in the home she loved on the Fox River in Neenah, Wisconsin on June 9, 2018. She was 68 years old. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 11, 1950 to Phyllis and Philip Orsi. Connie was a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Nursing earning her BSN in 1972. She married Gary Ludwig, MD on October 2, 1971. She was an emergency room nurse at the University of Missouri and University of Michigan. Their daughter, Sara, was born on March 19, 1975. Following the year in Columbia, Missouri and the several years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Connie volunteered at the obstetrical and outpatient clinics at the Army 33rd Field Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany for three years where her family of three resided during Gary's military service. They traveled extensively in Europe, often camping in their VW bus and having the pleasure of frequent visits by loving family from the States. After the military, they lived for one year in Miami, Florida. Connie was a nurse at Parkway Hospital in the second busiest emergency room in Dade County while Gary served as a medical examiner. They moved to Shelby, North Carolina in 1981 where many life long friends were made and Connie worked in both the OR and ER of Cleveland Memorial Hospital and taught children's Sunday school at Shelby Presbyterian Church. She retired from nursing in 1988 when the family moved to Neenah, Wisconsin living in the house on the Fox River that she loved so dearly and making new friends. She was active in the Neenah community serving on the boards of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and Friends of the Fox, recruited the participants in the annual Fourth of July Venetian Parade for many years, and served on the city committee to plan the Riverwalk Project. Eventually, illness slowed her down. Her greatest pride was her daughter, Sara, who earned her PhD in biomedical science and currently is a research scientist in Dallas, Texas in the lab of a Nobel Laureate. Sara and her husband Manjot Bal had Connie's and Gary's granddaughter, Lilia Grace, on July 15, 2017 whom Connie had the great joy of cuddling on the day of her birth and to visit again and again, able to hold and to cherish her many times. Connie will always be remembered as an unusually loving person who only spoke kind words, always expressed her great love of nursing, and who was an extraordinarily adoring wife to Gary for 46 years. She and her husband traveled in all states of the USA and all seven World continents. Connie was a strong person who battled and survived cutaneous lymphoma, breast cancer, recurring (non-smoker) lung cancer, and a debilitating neuropathy. She was granted a peaceful death. She is survived and mourned by her husband Gary K. Ludwig, MD, her daughter Dr Sara Ludwig and husband Dr Manjot Bal, granddaughter Lilia Bal, and her sisters Cathy Longcore and husband Dennis and their three children Craig Longcore, Dr Kate Schrier and Curt Longcore and their families, Carol Arnold and husband Charlie and their four children Anne Cron, Angela White, Andrea Arnold and Annette Salvatore and their families, Carin Madigan and husband Kevin and their two children Kyle Madigan and Amy Yaroch and her husband, and by her brother Philip Orsi, jr, and his wife Donna and their son Matthew Orsi. She is also sorely missed by her sisters-in-law Marilyn Doty and husband John and their three children Belinda Hanna, Laura Doty and Adam Doty and their families and Judith Larson and husband Bill and their two children Greg Larson and Jeffrey Larson and his family. Connie requested to have no funeral. She will be remembered by her immediate family at a gathering soon to be in her original home state of Michigan. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the University of Michigan School of Nursing by visiting this link: https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/scu/nurs/priority. Or mail to: University of Michigan Office of University Development, 3003 South State Street, Suite 9000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288. Phone: 1 (888) 518-7888. Make check payable to the University of Michigan and designate in a memo that the gift is in memory of Constance Ludwig, BSN 1972 for School of Nursing, Fund #314007 or other School of Nursing fund of your choice. The Westgor Funeral Home of Neenah, WI is assisting with arrangements www.westgorfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Macomb Daily on June 17, 2018
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