Esther M. Ludemann
SCHUYLER LAKE — Esther M. (Buell) Ludemann, 72, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with the comfort of her loving family at her side.
She was born on Aug. 23, 1940, in Mohawk, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Catherine Hadsell Buell. A lifelong resident of Schuyler Lake, she attended schools in Schuyler Lake and Richfield Springs.
On April 9, 1960, she married William John Ludemann Jr. at the Universalist Church in Schuyler Lake. They shared a loving and devoted union of 52 years until his passing on May 2, 2012.
She held various part-time jobs throughout her life; however her family and home were most important to her. She was a member of the Universalist Church and the Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary in Schuyler Lake.
Camping, snowmobiling, sewing and cooking were among her favorite past times. Esther was always there for her family, lending a shoulder to lean on or enjoying in their triumphs. Cherished are the memories of times spent at grandma and grandpa’s house. Esther will always be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She enjoyed doing for others and sought nothing in return. She will be dearly missed by her friends and especially her family.
Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Kim Marie and Jeffrey Phillips of Cooperstown, Judi and Anthony Harrison of St. Simons Island, Ga.; two sons, William J. Ludemann III and his wife, Jill of Sauquoit, James Ludemann of Lewisville, Texas; five adored grandsons, Todd and Kevin Cooper, Jacob and William Gray Harrison, Ryan Ludemann; and a great- granddaughter, Ava Cooper; one brother, Ronald Buell and his wife, Joan of Florida; three sisters, Eleanor Madaras and her husband, Frank of Richfield Springs, Lela Reed of Fly Creek, Cathy Melniczenko and her husband, Alex of Fly Creek; and many nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Besides her parents and husband William, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer “Bud,” Charles and Kenneth Buell Jr.; and her sister, Janice Truex.
A funeral service for Esther will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the Stone Church in Schuyler Lake. The family will be present in the church to receive relatives and friends one hour prior to the funeral service (10 a.m. until 11 a.m.).
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Schuyler Lake Cemetery Association or the Universalist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.