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In Memory of

Frederick John Ludewig

January 20, 1928 - January 5, 2018

Obituary


Frederick John Ludewig passed away early in the morning of Friday, January 5, 2018, at Maine Medical Center due to complications from heart and kidney failure.

He was born on January 20, 1928, to William and Hedwig (Sell) Ludewig in Bronx, N.Y., and was the youngest of nine children. He was the first in his family to go to college at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where he earned his bachelors of science degree and was trained as an engineer. He served two years in the Navy traveling the world.

Frederick John Ludewig passed away early in the morning of Friday, January 5, 2018, at Maine Medical Center due to complications from heart and kidney failure.

He was born on January 20, 1928, to William and Hedwig (Sell) Ludewig in Bronx, N.Y., and was the youngest of nine children. He was the first in his family to go to college at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, where he earned his bachelors of science degree and was trained as an engineer. He served two years in the Navy traveling the world.

He married Harriet J. Hettling on January 4, 1953, and worked for General Electric and then Argo International as a supplier of parts to keep all sorts of turbines running well in ships big and small, paper mills and factories.

He was a quiet man and a hard worker. As a senior in High School, he arranged his schedule so that he could work full time. He played baseball, basketball and football and for many years the whole family attended Kings Point football games. He was a fan of the Yankees and Giants. He played golf, and he bowled on a league for decades, with the result that he was called "Gramps" by most of the younger bowlers.

Fred lived in Park Ridge, N.J., for 50 years, where he raised his family and cared for his wife as she declined and passed away in October of 2014. He enjoyed sitting in Wood Dale County Park with his friends, watching the ducks and surreptitiously smoking a cigar. He moved closer to his children after a dramatic decline in health in 2016.

He is survived by his two daughters, Heidi Ludewig and Johanna Vienneau and her husband, Dennis; sister-in-law, Claire and Ralf Krause; plus many nieces and nephews. Family vacations in Cape Cod, his sister Mary's "dude ranch" in the Catskills, and on Lake Winnipesaukee sealed his daughters' attraction to this part of the country. He was happy to have Heidi raise seven seeing-eye dogs in the Park Ridge home. His favorite was Ajax, both intelligent and playful, who was matched with a man from Texas.

Fred was a good man. His mind was sharp right up to the end. Once he moved to assisted living in New Hampshire he and his family appreciated the kind nurses, aides and physical therapists at Mineral Springs and the Fast Taxi drivers that brought him to and from dialysis three days each week. And he enjoyed bantering with Dr. Bill Martin at Memorial hospital.

Fred was cremated, as was his wish. His ashes will be released into the sea. There will be no memorial service in New Hampshire. A service will be planned in the spring in New Jersey.

If one wishes to make a donation in Fred's memory, the following organizations are three he supported for years: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., The Seeing Eye in Morristown, N.J., and Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.