Dorothy Louise Luedeke, 96

Dorothy Louise Luedeke, 96, of New Bremen, died at 8:55 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Otterbein St. Marys.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1916, to Frank and Bertha (Thiesing) Sunderman.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Frederick Luedeke.  Also, by her brother James F. Sunderman, her daughter Kathleen (Augustine) Mascaro, and a great-grandson Jonathan David Hjelmgren.

Survivors include three children,  Suzanne (Rudy) Broyles of Naperville, Ill., Jonathan (Twyla) Luedeke of Columbus, and Dr. James (Kathleen) Luedeke of New Bremen; 12 grandchildren,  Stephen (Debbie) Mascaro, Daniel Mascaro, Anita (Jim) Partin, Melissa (Brad) Hickey, Betsy (David) Hjelmgren, Christopher (Rachel) Broyles, Ryan Broyles, J. David (Theresa) Luedeke, Mica (Michael) Lockwood, Justin (Denise) Luedeke, Jason (Mara) Luedeke, and Kristen K. Luedeke.  She was also blessed with 15 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was a 1934 graduate of New Bremen High School.  She earned a teaching certificate from Bowling Green State University and taught several years in New Bremen schools.  She was active in a number of civic and church organizations, including the New Bremen Women's Club, the Historic Association, Faith Alliance Church Women's Missionary Prayer Fellowship, and Senior Citizens of New Bremen.  She was a member of Faith Alliance Church, and served over the years as teacher, organist, pianist and vocalist.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Faith Alliance Church in New Bremen, the Rev. Tom Sagar, officiating.   

Burial will follow in the Willow Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Faith Alliance Church.

Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen is handling the arrangements.