DeVerne ‘Joyce’ Ludwig, 86

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DeVerne “Joyce” Ludwig, 86, of Rochester, passed away on Dec. 15, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Heath Systems, Saint Mary’s Campus— Rochester.



Joyce Johansen was born on Aug. 27, 1928, in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Wall Lake, Iowa, High School in 1946. On Aug. 27, 1946, she married Edwin M. “Ed” Ludwig. To this union three children were born. The family resided in Lakeview, Iowa, until moving to Rochester in 1951. The family lived and farmed in the Marion area for 60 years. While raising the family, she also worked outside the home at various grocery stores in Rochester, including Red Owl, Piggly-Wiggly, and Barlow’s. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Resurrection Catholic Church and Sierra Club. Joyce deeply enjoyed needlework, including crochet, knitting, hardanger, and quilting. She loved to cook, and her specialty was pies. Her and Ed loved to go fishing and camping.

Joyce is survived by her three children: Carolyn (Glenn) Hahn of Hayfield, Kenneth (Pam) Ludwig of Rochester, Jenifer (Harold) Langton of Austin; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granchild.

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She is preceded in death by her parents Agnes and Erick Peterson; her husband Ed; a grandson Kristofer; and a great-granddaughter Gretchen.

A funeral mass for Joyce will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, Rochester, with Father Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the mass. A rosary will be said at the start of the visitation at 5 p.m. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery Rochester. Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and online condolences are welcome at