Obit: Margaret Luedke, 90, Summit Twp.

November 25, 2014

LuedkeMargaret Luedke, aged 90 of Summit Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 24, 2014 in the home of her birth.  Margaret was born on May 27, 1924, the daughter of Ralph and Atlanta (Christoffersen) Kistler, and graduated from Ludington High School with the class of 1942.  On June 29, 1944, she married George Luedke in Chicago, and they celebrated 43 years together before George preceded her in death in 1987.  Margaret was also preceded in death by her son David in 2002, her parents, and her brothers Lyle, Lee, and Vern Kistler.

Margaret attended the Mercy School of Nursing in Muskegon, and worked for 20 years as a Nurse’s Aide at Paulina Stearns Hospital and later at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington.  She was a life member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Riverton, enjoyed knitting and crocheting, working on puzzles, and blessing her family with her paintings.  Living in the home of her birth, she loved caring for the family homestead and could often be seen out working in her yard.

Margaret will be greatly missed by her children Loretta (Stanley) Harjes of Hart, George (Marilyn) Luedke of Surprise, AZ, Barry (Carmen) Luedke of Manistee, Shirley LaFreniere, and Sheryl (Ron) Taylor all of Ludington, 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 2 great, great-grandchildren, and 2 nephews.

Private Graveside services will be held for Margaret at Summit Township Cemetery.  Her family is planning a Memorial Service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in the spring.

Those who wish to make contributions in Margaret’s memory are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan – Mason County.  Please visit Margaret’s personal memory page at to leave a tribute of Margaret for her family, or to light a candle in her memory.

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