OBITUARY

Mary "Jeanette" (MacLennan) Ludeman

July 6, 1938February 12, 2021
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Always in our hearts.

Born: July 6, 1938 in Casper, WY to Alexander MacIntosh MacLennan and Christina MacLennan

Died: February 12, 2021 in Aurora, CO (age 82)

1st Marriage: June 21, 1958 to John Edward Fisher, Jr. in Casper, WY

Two children: Lester John (Fisher) Ludeman, 1959 and Christina Mae (Fisher) Ludeman, 1961

Widowed: July 7, 1966

2nd Marriage: December 16, 1967 to Frank Lewis Ludeman in Casper, WY

Widowed: January 31, 2007

Preceded in Death by her parents, first husband John Fisher, second husband Frank Ludeman, brother Murdo MacLennan.

Survived by son Les Ludeman of Aurora, CO, daughter Chris Ludeman of Littleton, CO, step-daughter Jana (Charlie) Pniewski of Roseville, MI, step-son John (Debbie) Ludeman of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren Shaunda (Jordan) Hussung, Lexie Ludeman, Aaron and Andrew Tafelski, Charlee and Bailey Pniewski, Stephanie (Mike) Vargas and Dustin (Jason) Ludeman; great-grandchildren Jayden and Isabelle Tandy, Christian and Alexandria Hussung, Benjamin and Elliott Vargas; sister Ann (MacLennan) Bever of Cheyenne, WY; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

Jeanette was born in Casper July 6, 1938; she was the third of brother Murdo MacLennan and sister Catherine “Ann” (MacLennan) Bever. Their parents immigrated to Wyoming from Scotland in the 1920’s. She graduated from N.C.H.S. in 1956. She attended Casper College and later Arapahoe Community College.

Jeanette married John E. Fisher, Jr., June 21, 1958 and had son Les in 1959 and daughter Chris in 1961. John passed away in 1966.

Jeanette found love a second time, marrying Frank L. Ludeman December 16, 1967. She was a wonderful step-mother to Frank’s children, John and Jana. She always looked forward to their visits and made sure they had as much fun time as possible.

Jeanette and her family moved to Littleton, CO in 1975. She worked for Johns Manville from 1977 through 1986 where she was awarded the Most Innovative Idea Award and joined the American Compensation Association. Jeanette held several jobs over her lifetime, but was most proud of partnering with husband Frank to publish the Mining Business Digest for several years.

Hobbies included writing poetry, oil painting, silk flower arranging, interior decoration, cooking, dancing, slot machines, adult coloring books, reading, traveling, and planning family gatherings. Jeanette also loved to ski, play tennis, go camping and fly fishing. She and Frank explored a lot of back country in Colorado. They also had wonderful trips to Hawaii where they went swimming in the ocean and snorkeled with the sea turtles. She loved to sing; even when the words would not come, she could still hum and whistle her favorite tunes. Her favorite movie was Monsters, Inc. She was a voracious reader of mystery, crime and romance novels; her real-life romance with Frank far exceeded any storybooks. She loved the hummingbirds outside her house, and the deer that roamed in her backyard.

Her family and her friends meant the world to her. She never forgot anybody’s birthday, even when her mind was ravaged by disease.

When Jeanette found out she had Parkinson’s Disease 15 years ago, she sought every reasonable medication and treatment to maintain a good quality of life. When it became clear that was no longer possible, her family enlisted the care of Berkley Hospice to provide her with palliative care and a brief window of relatively pain-free time. Her body had become a prison cell. She is finally free, finally able to dance with Frank again, finally able to sleep peacefully. Jeanette was always hopeful for a treatment and a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Every year without fail she donated money to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. We ask that you do the same to honor her fight against this horrific disease. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

Memories

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Eugene Morton

February 21, 2021

Even though I didn't know Jeanette personally, I was best friends with her brother Murdo who graduated from NCHS in 1947 with me and attended Casper College at the same time as I did. I hope this note can get to Ann, to tell her that I am deeply saddened to see that Murdo has passed away, as well as Jeanette.

Howard and Myra Urband

February 21, 2021

Our memories of the Ludemans are many. Jeanette was a huge part of this. Lots of fun and laughter, potlucks and conversation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Howard and Myra Urband

Lorraine Carruth

February 20, 2021

Such a loving, caring and funny woman!
Jeannette loved her family and once you entered her home, she treated you as such.
So cute watching her and Frank looking at each other from across the table, as if they just met. Beautiful couple!
Always good visits and laughs, where Jeannette would say something unexpected.
Heaven is blessed, while Jeannette and Frank continue new adventures, together.

God Bless,
Lorraine

John Ludeman

February 19, 2021

My fondest memories are the family camping/fishing trips we went on every summer. Jeanette taught me as much as my dad about fishing and having an appreciation for the great outdoors. To this day, the landscapes I witnessed with Dad and Jeanette are burned into my memory, and I never would have grown to appreciate those sights without them.

Wherever they are today, I hope they are together. Dad and Jeanette adored each other, and there is no more fitting end to their lives than to know they are together again. I love you and miss you both.

Les Ludeman

February 18, 2021

Les Ludeman

February 18, 2021

Les Ludeman

February 18, 2021

Jana Pniewski

February 17, 2021

Jeanette has been my mother since I was 5 years old. When she and my Dad, Frank, got married I gained a sister and brother and another Mom. At the time I was very confused and scared but she always made me feel welcome and included in my Dad's new life. Of course there were hard times too, but we all got through them together. When Dad died in 2007 I wasn't sure if there would be a place for me anymore, but I made a promise to my Dad that I would take care of her and so we continued on. She has always been there for me and I hope she always felt my love for her. She has been a very important and influential person in my life. I love and miss you Jeanette!

Chris Ludeman

February 15, 2021

The family wishes to thank everyone who helped mom through her final days, including the staff of Berkley Hospice (especially Jennifer, Mike and Pete). Her caregiver Tracy became a very close friend over the past few months, and her nighttime caregivers were all very kind. Thank you!

FROM THE FAMILY

May 2015 - 77 years old

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May 2015 - 77 years old

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Jeanette at Two

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Jeanette at Three

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Jeanette at Five

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Jeanette portrayed this image onstage in a 3rd grade show

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Freshman
1953

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High School Graduation - 1956

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Formal Dance
1956

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Jeanette
1957

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Jeanette was a beautiful teenager!