George Charles Ludwig II
1944 - 2020
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George Charles Ludwig II

Vestal - George Charles Ludwig II, an audiologist and longtime resident of Vestal, NY, died unexpectedly on August 21, 2020 at the age of 76. He is survived by his beloved family who misses him already: Debby Ludwig, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater (Mark), Heidi Ludwig Zvolensky (Joseph Bouley), Hope VanDerwater, Georgia VanDerwater, Henry VanDerwater, Jack Zvolensky, and Luke Bouley.

George was born in Buffalo, NY on March 5, 1944 as the only child of George Ludwig and Geraldine (Pappier) Ludwig. A 1962 graduate of Amherst High School, he attended Union College for three years, served as a Vista volunteer, and graduated from Franklin College in 1968 with a degree in Economics. George worked for many years at Northrup Supply, General Electric, and Rehabilitation Services Incorporated. In 1989, he graduated again, this time from Ithaca College with an MS in Audiology. As owner of Audiology Associates from 2001 to 2018, he cared deeply for his patients and took great pride in bringing the sounds of love back into their lives.

George was a devoted father and an avid reader and learner, fascinated by history, art, the stock market, and genealogy. If George called you on the phone, he would often make you laugh right away by pretending to be someone else, and if you needed help with anything from home repair to travel planning, you could count on his wisdom and gruff kindness. George adored sitting beside a lake, eating foods from his childhood, and surprising people. Enormously proud of his grandchildren, he was always interested in the tiny details of their lives, and his humor and strong presence will be profoundly missed by many.

A frequent and quiet contributor to numerous charities, George was generous even in death, offering the gift of life through organ and tissue donation, and his ashes will be interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY. While no services will be held, anyone who wishes to honor George's life is encouraged to do so by donating to a cause that mattered to him: Mom's House (Johnson City, NY) or the Salvation Army. George's family is thankful to the emergency room staff of Wilson Hospital for their dedication and to George's local friends who meant so much to him.







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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23, 2020.
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September 1, 2020
I am so sad to hear of George’s passing. George was my audiologist for 28 years. He definitely brought back the “sound of love” for me. Always helpful and caring when ai would come in for my hearing aides He would ask about my family and tell me stories about his children and then grandchildren over the years. I will miss a great audiologist and hearing all the stories of his family that he was proud of. My deepest condolences.
Zina Benjamin
August 30, 2020
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Michael Vanderwater
August 27, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of George's passing! Sending love, thoughts, and prayers. d=O
The Everetts
August 27, 2020
George and I worked in the same office bldg. in Vestal and honestly got to know him when we bumped into each other in the common hallway. He always sharedd a story as a point of reference and never disappointed w/ a well timed anecdote or well placed zinger, ha.
My condolences to his family.
Mike
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August 26, 2020
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Elizabeth VanDerwater
August 26, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Though I met George only a few times, he truly made a lasting impression on me with his humor and intelligence. As I read this beautiful obituary and hear more stories about George, I'm amazed by those same traits as well as his wisdom, generosity, and passion for learning and teaching. Im thankful to have the memories of George that I do  laughing at the table during Ciderama in Holland, or warmly welcoming me to his house on the lake (and then giving my brother a crash course in investing)  as well as for the incredible stories and photos Georgia has shared with me about his life and fascination with the world. To Georges family and friends, Im thinking of you and sending love.
Alex Caine
August 26, 2020
Sending lots of love and peace to you, Debby, Amy, Mark, Hope, Georgia, Henry, and Heidi and your family. XO, Stacey
Stacey Buck
August 26, 2020
I was shocked to hear of George's passing and am so sorry for your loss. This must be even more difficult during this time that prevents us from gathering physically to mourn together. I am holding you all close in my heart and praying that you find strength and some peace in virtual messages of love being sent your way.
Noelle Valentine
Friend
August 26, 2020
I didn't know George well but am blessed with the love of his family whom I adore more than words can describe. His legacy will always live on in all of you. Blessings and much love to all.
Julie ODea
August 26, 2020
Debbie, Amy and Heidi,

We're so sorry for your loss. We're thinking of you, your family, and all of George's wonderful grandchildren. It is lovely to read through the stories of those George helped through his work.
Pete, Leah, and Quinn Brady/VanDerwater
August 25, 2020
To George's Family!

My name is Eric Loewenguth and I just wanted to send my best wishes to all of you! I was George's manufacture rep for Siemens Hearing over the last 15 years and George was one of my favorite customers!

Over the years I had a lot of great lunch meetings with George at Tully's restaurant and I enjoyed each one. George was always funny, honest and gave great perspective on life in general! A true straight shooter, which I appreciated from George! He often spoke about his children in Buffalo and Vermont and was very proud of you and his grand children children as well!

I just spoke with George a month ago to coordinate another lunch get together. I am deeply saddened that cant happen now, because yes those lunches were always fun, insightful, candid and I always left with a smile on my face after being entertained by George!

Thoughts and Prayers for all of you!

Sincerely,

Eric Loewenguth
Eric Loewenguth
Friend
August 24, 2020
Sincere condolences to the family. Thanks to Mr. Ludwig my mom was able to enjoy the sounds of everyday life until her passing at 93. He was truly a blessing to our family. May he RIP.
Ruth McCarthy
Acquaintance
August 24, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.
Nancy Simmons
Friend
August 24, 2020
I just found out and I'm shocked and very, very sorry. I knew him through travel and he was just a great guy. Fun & full of wisdom just so sad at his passing. Will remember him fondly. My sincere condolences to his family. Jackie Swan
Jackie Swan
Friend
August 23, 2020
We have great memories of George and Debbie when we lived in the Binghamton area, We're sorry to hear about the passing of George, we
wish you the best..
Linda and George Rosenberg
Friend
August 23, 2020
So sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. George went above and beyond for his clients. What a great guy he was. He took especially good care of our mother, who had really serious hearing problems. We will never forget how kind he was to her.
The Gehrlein Family
Acquaintance
August 23, 2020
George has been a good friend for years. He will be missed a lot. It was a real shock.
Don Carr
Friend
August 23, 2020
This was one really nice guy, I met him several times and he was always smiling. Surely to be missed... Godspeed to George and his family.
James L DeSantis
Friend
August 23, 2020
George and his family meant so much to us; a lot of memories. Love to all of you.
Anita (Terry) and Dave Van Winkle
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