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Theresa M. Ludwig, 52

Theresa Marie (Matter) Ludwig, age 52, of Montrose, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, due to complications of small bowel cancer, after a courageous four-and-one-half-year battle.

Theresa was born Dec. 26, 1958, in Buffalo.

She attended St. Peters Catholic School, and graduated from Delano High School in 1976.

Theresa was a member of the St. Ann Society.

When she married Herb in February of 1985, she became an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown. Theresa was a longtime office volunteer with the religious education program; a Eucharistic minister, Council of Catholic Women (CCW) circle co-chair, and was past-secretary of CCW. She truly enjoyed those opportunities and the many friends she made while serving the parish.

Recently, Theresa and Herb joined St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

Theresa was especially proud of her 22-plus years as an employee of Tonka Equipment Company. Not only did she enjoy her work, but she considered her co-workers to be her friends, as well.

Theresa’s happiest moments were spent with family and friends. She loved to host gatherings at her home – family dinners, a group of friends for an evening of laughs, or a beautiful evening spent with family and friends around a bonfire.

Herb and Theresa met in Waverly when they were both playing softball. Many weekends, for many years, were spent traveling around the state to fastpitch tournaments, and Herb and Theresa have many longtime softball friends.

Besides softball, Theresa enjoyed golf, crocheting, scrapbooking, and making pies. She was very proud to start taking piano lessons at the age of 45, a longtime dream come true.

Theresa is survived by her husband of 26 years, Herbert J. Ludwig of Montrose; children Cory Timothy Ludwig, of Montrose, Jerry and Lori Ludwig of Redwood Falls, Barb and Bruce Horsch of New Ulm, Lisa and Greg Rassat of Maple Lake, Mary T. Ludwig of Denver, CO, Julie and Shawn Woods of Minneapolis, and Joe and Natasha Ludwig of Belleville, IL; and grandkids, Anna, Sarah and Nick Ludwig; Lauren and Lance Horsch; Dan (Kate), Abby and Aaron Rassat; and Sebastian and Max Ludwig.

She is further survived by her parents, Clement and Jean Matter of Delano; siblings Matthew and Jean Matter, Peggy and Curt Houghton, Lori Matter, and Timothy E. Matter; nieces and nephews Andrea Matter-Sayed (Samir Sayed), Amanda Matter, Josh (Jen) Matter, Michael Wanha, and Krista (Jaime) Kinney; three great nephews, Reilly and Tylor Matter and Alexander Kinney; and two great nieces, Alyssa and Addison Kinney.

In addition Theresa is survived by her in-laws, Loretta Wuertz of Waite Park; Bro. Robert Ludwig of South Bend, IN; Mike and Vonne Ludwig of Melrose; Art and Leona Wuertz of Paynesville; Lee Salzl of Watkins; Mary Ann and James Fasbender of Paynesville; Flo Graham of Hopkins; Tina and Leroy Zipko of Maplewood; and Anita and John Guiliani of Maplewood, and all their families; her uncle, Lloyd Dalbec; and aunts Marge Doyle, Lorraine Dixon, Helen Matter and Eva Matter; as well as many cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph and Clara Matter and James and Margaret Doyle; her brother, Joseph A. Matter; uncles James Doyle, Thomas Doyle, Alfred Matter, Armand Matter, and Leonard Matter; aunts Carola Dalbec and Ethel Matter; and in-laws Peter and Lorraine Ludwig, Othmar Wuertz, Sister Catherine Ludwig, Celestine Ludwig, and Olivia Salzl.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, July 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation was Friday, July 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Iten’s Funeral Home in Delano, and continued Saturday one hour prior to the funeral, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the name of Theresa Ludwig to the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home, care of the Ridgeview Foundation; 490 South Maple St, Suite 110, Waconia, MN 55387; phone (952) 442-6010.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.