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Pixley Funeral Home

322 West University Drive, Rochester, MI

OBITUARY

Joyce Rosalie Ludwig

August 16, 1936July 2, 2019

JOYCE ROSALIE LUDWIG, Age 82, of Rochester, died July 2, 2019. Joyce was born on August 16, 1936 in Detroit, daughter of the late Robert and Gladys (Rose) Chenault. She is survived by her three children, Linda, Steve & Mike Wrathell; 2 granddaughters, Alisha (Matt) Downs and Ashley (Zack) Brabandt; and 6 great grandchildren, Livie, Juniper & Willem Downs and Zanden, Zeke & Zayne Brabandt. Joyce is also survived by her sister, Jeanne Purchase and a brother, Robert Chenault. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband(s) Robert Wrathell and David Ludwig, and 2 sisters, Judy Pylkas and Joanne Chenault. Joyce graduated from Denby High School in 1954 and later graduated from Macomb Community College. She was a longtime secretary at the G.M. Tech Center. A “snowbird’ for 22 years, she lived in Naples, FL, during the winters and greatly enjoyed travelling, especially visiting Mexico. Joyce was a member of Meadowbrook Theatre Guild as well as St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where she often volunteered in the Children’s ministry. She also played the piano and had a great love of music, as well as knitting. Most important to her was spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters. She will be greatly missed. The Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester. Interment to follow at Van Hoosen Jones – Stoney Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 11, & Friday, July 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a prayer service Friday evening at 7 p.m.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert Wrathell, Husband
  • David Ludwig, Husband
  • Linda Wrathell, Daughter
  • Steve Wrathell, Son
  • Mike Wrathell, Son
  • Alisha (Matt) Downs, Granddaughter
  • Ashley (Zack) Brabandt, Granddaughter
  • Livie, Juniper & Willem Downs, Great Grandchildren
  • Zanden, Zeke & Zayne Brabandt, Great Grandchildren
  • Robert and Gladys (Rose) Chenault, Parents
  • Jeanne Purchase, Sister
  • Robert Chenault, Brother
  • Judy Pylkas, Sister
  • Joanne Chenault, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Prayer Service Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2019

Memories

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STEVEN WRATHELL

July 8, 2019

There are so many great memories I have of my mother, Joyce Ludwig. When we were small, she was always there for us. When she and my father got divorced, she’s pick up my brother and I once a week (plus holidays) for visits. For music she loved the Carpenters and soft jazz. She especially loved the Frank Sinatra satellite radio station, especially when there was a song by Mr. Sinatra. She studied gourmet cooking and her meals were always wonderful. She loved going out to the nicest restaurants. She loved to travel and she was in a travel club called the “Nomads.” She has been to several places in Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. When she had a condo in Florida, she was always very happy to be there. I was able to visit her there a few times. It was always a pleasure to be with her and Mom will be greatly missed.

robert chenault

July 7, 2019

I have so many memories of my loving sister Joyce. When I was just a boy around 8 or 9...I remember her working at Winkleman's Ladies Clothing Store....because she wanted to dress in exquisite high end clothing. She was always Very Classy. I remember baby-sitting for her as a teenager, and she said if I want to listen to any of her records, feel free to do so, She had a small portable record player, and I discovered a lot of Music I never heard before..like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, The Four Freshmen, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck and many more. She introduced me to this music as a teenager and I will always be Grateful. She invited me over her house for Family Gatherings, Thanksgiving, 4th of July Picnic's, etc. Whenever I came back to Michigan to visit everybody, I always stayed at Joyce's House...she insisted. We'd go shopping together, have lunch together, go out to restaurants together in the evening, and sometimes a concert. When my wife and I went to Mexico, Joyce insisted we stay at her Time Share for our vacation. She always opened her Heart with Love to me..her younger brother and I will never forget that nor will I ever forget Her...a Special Sister who meant the World to me!

Ashley Brabandt

July 6, 2019

Such a great woman of wit and charm! She loved fashion with her bold statements and wore it well! A woman of many talents. One of the things we shared and love is baking. She's made many beautiful desserts and even compiled a recipe cookbook with a group of ladies that she would always show me and inspired me to always try new things. She was always there for me and many others, and had such a giving heart. There are so many memories I will forever hold in my heart and cherish of my grandma, and will continue to pass them down to my children and hopefully continue on the generations. So glad my children got to share some of them as well.
She was a woman who took on many roles but to us she was Grandma and GG and we greatly love and miss her.

Alisha Downs

July 4, 2019

So many great memories of my grandparents growing up. Joyce was such a caring dedicated woman and grandmother, loving and giving. She shared many special events and places with us. She went on and shared many fabulous adventures and did things with style. We will always remember her in our hearts.
<3 <3 <3

Mike Wrathell

July 4, 2019

I remember my mom hugging me tight when I was a little boy whenever my temperamental Detroit cop father had yelled at me. We supported each other with our love. He brought home a lot of anger from a very tough job. Eventually she would marry my stepdad, Dave Ludwig, who was a lot more mellow than my dad.

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