Ann Craig Ludwig 82, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, died January 28, 2019, in her Ellwood City home, following a brief period of failing health, surrounded by family who loved her. Her father, Harold Eugene Craig (who died in 1972), and her mother, Charlotte Ann (Holt) Craig (who died in 2006), hailed from families with a deep history in Beaver County, PA. Ann graduated from Aliquippa High School and received a BA from Penn State University.
Ann met her future husband, Joseph Manion Ludwig, while attending Penn State University. Joe had a big white Buick convertible with red bench seats. He listed on a college bulletin board his willingness to give folks a ride to Pittsburgh on a weekend at a $2.00 fee. Joe remembers Ann being one of six respondents and looking breathtaking in a white dress with a yellow flower. Ann sat in the middle of the front bench seat and ran the radio. That encounter was the beginning of a “long ride.” They were married on October 10, 1959, at Saint Titus Church in Aliquippa, and began to raise their family, create Joe’s law practice (Ludwig, Palenti, Wilson and Sullivan) in Pittsburgh and build a life together that would span sixty years.
Unfortunately, their youngest child, Joseph Manion Ludwig Junior, of Zelienople PA, passed away unexpectedly on August 3, 2017. Ann’s older brother, Harold E. Craig Junior, also predeceased her. Family survivors include her loving husband, Joseph Manion Ludwig, and their other children and their families: oldest daughter, Jennifer Ann Ludwig of Ellwood City, PA, and youngest daughter, Molly Beth Ludwig, of Goodland, FL; Ann’s younger brother, John Edward Frank Craig, and his wife, Karen Maria Sandri Craig of Fitzwilliam, NH; Joseph Manion Ludwig Junior’s wife, Lori Kay Slattery Ludwig; six grandchildren: Sara Evans Pletz, Harold Craig Evans, Franklin Joseph Evans, Gryphon Joseph Manion Ludwig, Maggie Mae Manion Ludwig, Sunny Rose Manion Ludwig: and great grandchildren: William Franklin Pletz, Joey Manion Pletz, Jordan Solo Evans, Zedekiah Joseph Evans; several nieces and nephews and their families; extended families and many friends; and faithful Chihuahua, “Pal” Ludwig; all who loved her very much. Ann had an amazing sensitivity to the needs of others, and, with her huge heart, she quietly made a difference for family and friends. Folks are quick to say, “I have never met a kinder person.” While all celebrate her life and will continue to carry her in their hearts, they will greatly miss her daily presence.
In keeping with Ann’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Vinny’s Restaurant (620 Beaver Ave., Ellwood City PA. 16117), at 12:00 noon, RSVP Jennifer at 724-202-9212.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her name to The Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 3152 Little Road, Suite 146, Trinity, FL 34655; or by phone, 813-920-2922.
The funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services.