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Thelma A. Ludwig

January 11, 1924January 28, 2020

Thelma A. Ludwig (Smith), of Rochester and Ontario, NY, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the age of 96.

Born on January 11, 1924, to the late Andrew Jackson Smith & Beatrice (Jowett) Smith. Predeceased by her husband, Paul W. Ludwig; daughter-in-law, Pamela Ludwig; and son-in-law, James C. Fingar.

Survived by her children, William (Karen) Ludwig, Robert Ludwig, and Meredith Fingar. Delighted in her 9 grandchildren, Marina (Brandon) Datthyn, Jenna Sutton, Wes (Sarah) Fingar, Merica Fingar (Tyler Stiles), Kim Ludwig, Kelly Ludwig (Joe Kinney), Eric (Jaime) Ludwig, Bryan Ludwig, and Adam Ludwig (Jacqueline Clark); 9 great-grandchildren, Kiya Ludwig, Noah, Sarah, Susanna, Thomas, and Julia Datthyn, Levi and Cole Sutton, Holden Kinney; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Thelma was a graduate of Seneca School and Irondequoit High School. She joined Sommerville Presbyterian Church at 10 years old. She also was a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Nursing program, 1945-46. She would go on to passionately serve as a nurse for over 50 years.

Thelma's final wish was that her body be donated to the University of Rochester Anatomical Gift Program. To honor her wishes, no calling hours will be held.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may donate in Thelma’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

“To thine own self be true” was her mantra, and always “Je t’aime.”

Special thanks to Dr. Charis Lee, Dr. Ana Molovic-Kokovic, and Lifetime Care Hospice.


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Thelma A. Ludwig

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Karen Goole

February 11, 2020


I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.
My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Karen Goole

john phillips

February 9, 2020

Thelma was a classmate of my mother's (Nada) at the UR Nursing School. They kept up with each other until mom's passing in 2010. She drove all the way to Williamson for mom's service. Had a short but nice visit there, then some months later, i had a wonderful visit with her on N. Lake Ave. So happy I got to meet her after hearing mom speak of her all those years! Also, i don't remember who made the connection, but my son Tyler knew her grandson Wes through golf, at Ontario, I think. I believe she was also Godmother to a friend I used to work with, Cindy Polisse. My condolences to her entire family-- she was a really sweet lady. God Bless. John Phillips