Lois S. Ludwig

April 21, 1923January 9, 2021
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Lois Erdene Summer Ludwig of Bloomington died peacefully at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 9, 2021. She was 97.

Born April 21, 1923, in Seneca County near Tiffin, Ohio, she was the youngest of three children of Lester Bruce and Ida Elnora Good Summer. She graduated from Hopewell-Loudon High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1941. In the fall of 1941, she entered Heidelberg College in Tiffin, just months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She continued her college education during the tumultuous years of World War II and graduated from Heidelberg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin in 1945.

Lois began her first year of teaching in the fall of 1945 at Amherst High School in Amherst, Ohio, where she taught Latin and English. In January of 1946, she met Donald James Ludwig, a fellow teacher who had returned to his position at Amherst High School after his service during World War II. They began dating, and Lois completed her second year of teaching there. In 1947 she attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and earned a Master of Arts degree in Latin.

Lois and Donald Ludwig were married in Bascom, Ohio on June 13, 1948. She took a new position at Clearview High School in Lorain, Ohio, where she taught Latin and English and served as the advisor of the school’s drama club. That year her students won first place in the state of Ohio’s annual competition for the best high school dramatic performance.

In 1949, Lois moved to Bloomington, Indiana with her husband after he was accepted as a graduate student in the doctoral program of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Indiana University. As no teaching positions were available at Bloomington High School, she worked as a secretary in the IU School of Education until the birth of her daughter, Linda, in November of 1951. Following the birth of her son, William, in May of 1953, Don completed his Doctor of Health and Safety degree in August and accepted a position as an assistant professor at IU. They decided to remain in Bloomington, and another son, Donald Jr., was born in April of 1956. With the family complete, Lois and Don continued to live in Bloomington for the remainder of their lives.

Lois and Don became members of the First United Methodist Church in 1955. In order to meet people and expand her circle of friends, Lois joined a group of church women meeting monthly for devotions and fellowship. As a longtime member of the Phoebe Circle, Lois supported the local church and community with her time and talents and became even more involved with United Methodist Women on the state and national level. For 65 years, Lois supported First United Methodist Church in various leadership roles, teaching Sunday School and serving on numerous church committees.

As her involvement in United Methodist Women grew, Lois served as president of the South Indiana Conference of United Methodist Women from 1971 to 1975. She was actively involved in supporting the Lucille Raines Residence, the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home and the Franklin United Methodist Home for retired individuals. On a national level, she served as a member of the Board of Directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, the worldwide mission agency of the United Methodist Church, from 1981 to 1984.

Lois was elected to serve as a lay delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1984. She also served many years as a delegate to the South Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church held annually in June. She was a regular participant in the church’s School of Christian Missions sessions held every summer.

In addition to her volunteer work with the church, Lois was a devoted mother to her children and very involved in all their school and athletic activities. She was a loving grandmother to her grandchildren, giving them many special memories of fun times together that they will cherish always.

Lois was an avid sports fan and a proud supporter of IU athletics. She was a member of the IU Varsity Club and a season-ticket holder for men’s basketball since 1949. She was also a devoted fan of the Butler Bulldogs basketball team, since her grandchildren Christopher and Sarah both graduated from Butler. She enjoyed being a member of Conversation Club and the Argonaut Club and held past memberships in the Bloomington Country Club and the University Women’s Club at IU.

Lois and Don enjoyed traveling to other states and foreign countries. She was especially proud to have visited all 50 of the United States. She also loved to spend winters in Bonita Beach, Florida in her “retirement” years.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Linda Goff, of Bloomington; her son, William Ludwig, of North Vernon; and her son, Donald Jr., and wife Janet of Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also survived by her grandson, Christopher Goff, of Indianapolis; her granddaughter, Sarah Goff, of Greenwood; her step-grandson, Ryan Berdel, of North Vernon; and her step-granddaughter, Rebecca Berdel, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years, Donald, in 2009; her brother, Robert Summer; her sister, Helen Holcomb; her daughter-in-law, Jan Ludwig, in 2004; and her son-in-law, Frank Goff, in 2008.

A service of celebration will be held at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home on Saturday, January 16, at 12:00 noon. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday before the service.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church at, the First United Methodist Church of Bloomington or the Donald J. Ludwig Scholarship at the Indiana University Foundation, P.O. Box 6460, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46206.

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Susan Gray

January 16, 2021

I truly enjoyed knowing Lois thru Conversation Club. She was a kind and gracious lady, always with a lively wit and interesting observations. But, until I read her complete obituary in the HT, I did not know all about her many contributions to life in Bloomington. I am sorry that I cannot join her family to express my sorrow personally in this time of pandemic. To all her children and many friends, I again express my sympathy.
Susan Gray

Tony and Betty Mobley

January 15, 2021

To Linda, Bill, and, Don Jr and your families.
We were sorry to learn of Lois’s Death. What a long and beautiful life she lived! She and Don were a great team and their family was a priority always. We had lots of good times with Don and Lois in the School of HPER and many memories. We regret due to the COVID Pandemic, we cannot be there with you to celebrate Lois and her life well lived. We know you all have many wonderful memories of her that will always keep her close to you each day and bring you many smiles! You will be in our thoughts and prayers for peace, comfort, and happy memories of good times you shared together. Fondly, Betty and Tony Mobley

Joseph Easley

January 14, 2021

I am a retired pastor of the (South) Indiana United Methodist Conference. Lois was the Conference UMW President, when I returned from seminary to begin full-time ministry, so I always saw her as a respected and beloved leader in our Annual Conference. My parents were active laity in the conference just a few years older than she, and they got to know Lois much better, including serving with her as Jurisdictional Conference Delegates at least once. My dad lived to be 99 and 8 months, so I know what it is like to have a long-living parent. While that is a wonderful gift to us--and them--we are still never quite ready to see them go, but the faith we saw in them--and share--helps a great deal. I celebrate her life and witness and extend my sympathy to her family.

Anne Fraker

January 14, 2021

My mother, Dorothy Fraker, came to know Lois through UMW at First United Methodist Church. I remember my mother being so impressed with Lois’ faith, commitment to justice, and fierce intellect. As I grew older and very involved in the church in many different areas all related to equality and justice, Lois and I became friends. Every Sunday we would chat about current events in the church and the world, shake our heads in agreement and frustration. On a more personal level, she was supportive of me when my mother and my husband died. In later years, we continued our little conversations whenever we met. The last time I saw Lois was at the orthopedic surgeon’s office where we commiserated over our injuries and surgeries. Since that day, I often have thought about Lois. Some days my walks take me by the Ludwig house; I hope she received by silent greeting to her. She lived well and I feel blessed to have met her and become a friend of hers. Anne Fraker

Patti Wright

January 14, 2021

Lois and I shared so many times over the years through WSCS and then the trans into UMW. Many miles, laughs and frustrations.
She was a wonderful friend who supported me through her faith and friendship. In more recent times we were able to share in the
fellowship of past conference officers at meetings in Franklin, until we both decided it was time to leave that part of our journey behind us. I will always cherish our friendship as well as that which my husband Everett and I shared with Lois and Don. She was a true example of a Christian life well lived.

Joe Myers

January 14, 2021

Sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She obviously lived life well and we world would be a much better place if more of us could match her productivity and compassion. She clearly lived a life worth celebrating!
I wish you and your family the best during this difficult time.

Ellen Kirby

January 13, 2021

Lois was a lovely and smart woman and served a a Director of the Women's Division of the General Board of Global Ministries. I remember her always having a smile on her face and good word to say to others. She was dedicated to United Methodist Women and worked tirelessly on behalf of women and children around the world. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Ellen Kirby, Former Staff
Women's Division
General Board of Global Ministries

Alexandra Lamb

January 12, 2021

I have such fond memories of Lois from church. She loved God, loved her friends and was passionate about her faith. I am so thankful to have known her and pray that good memories will surround and support you as you grieve her death. Her contributions to United Methodist Women are legendary and our church is a better place because of her.