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Obituary for Muriel D. Ludtke

September 25, 2019


Muriel D. Ludtke, 97, passed away on September 25, 2019 at her current residence in Audubon, PA near Philadelphia. She was born March 13, 1922 in Detroit, MI, the daughter of Henry Eugene and Alice Clark (Campbell) Buzzard. Muriel was married to Norman Frederick Ludtke on May 6, 1950 at the Metropolitan Methodist Church on Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Muriel grew up in a family of musicians and was a talented singer. She, in her early years, performed at Detroit-area nightclubs under her stage name of Muriel Marvin.

Muriel had a lifelong love of fashion. She had many fond memories of her first job as a sales person at Hudson's flagship department store in downtown Detroit. Muriel worked at Hudson's for seven years, and was offered a position as a buyer, before leaving to take care of her ailing mother.

After her mother's passing, Muriel returned to work at the McCord Corporation. She worked at McCord for nine years, eventually in the company's executive offices.

She met her soul-mate and eventual husband, Norm, at Houghton Lake, Michigan in the summer of 1949. Norm proposed in October and they were married less than a year later. Her bridesmaids were her cousins and good friends, Sally (McBrien) Hellonen and Donna (McBrien) McDonald. Her wedding dress is displayed at the Romeo Historical Museum.

Muriel and Norm moved to Washington Township, MI in 1954 to start a family and stayed for 62 years. She was active in, and served as President of, both the Washington Township Garden Club as well as the Washington Elementary School Parent Teachers Association. Muriel was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Romeo,MI. She served on the Church's Board of Directors and as a Reader. She supported, both directly and indirectly, her husband's long and active participation in the Washington Lions Club and its primary charity, Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI.

Three years ago, Muriel and Norm moved to a retirement community, Shannondell at Valley Forge, to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Muriel was always one of the best dressed ladies in the dining room at Shannondell. She enjoyed the opportunity to make new friends and, importantly, decrorate another home.

Muriel is survived by her husband, Norm, her daughter, Kimberly Ann Ludtke, her son, Norman Kirk Ludtke, daughter-in-law, Molly Sawyer Ludtke, and three grandchildren, Jack, Annie and Ellen Ludtke.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, November 2, at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, MI from 11 am to 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be given to American Indian College Fund, the Thin Blue LIne of Michigan or a charity of your choice.

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