Marjorie (Whitmore, Ludwig) Harper, age 88, of Waterville, passed away on Saturday, March 24.
Born to Grace and Emmons Whitmore, she married Ralph Ludwig, Sr., and together they raised eight children. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph, Sr.; son, Rodney; and brother, Donald, she is survived by her children, Ralph, Jr. (Kat), William, Richard (Saundra), Susan (Steve) Memsic, Nancy (Charlie) Grass, Lisa (Dave) Cole, Phillip, daughter-in-law, Nora and sister-in-law Doris Whitmore as well as a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Per Marjorie’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. The family would like to thank Waterville Fire and Rescue, St Luke’s Hospital staff and Dr. Stephen Bazeley and staff.
Donald Leo Ash, age 93, passed away on Thursday, April 5, surrounded by family.
Born on August 24, 1924, to Leo and Jane Ash, he lived most of his life in Maumee and was a devout lifetime Catholic who served the church as a boy and continued to serve as an usher as long as he was able. Don attended Macomber High School until he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. After the war, he returned home and married the love of his life, Janice Eding. He and Janice cherished each other during 71 years of marriage and together they raised nine children.
Mr. Ash enjoyed his work as a construction foreman for Ohio Bell (sometimes splicing cable in his sleep), retiring in 1982. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and enjoyed boating and fishing, square dancing and traveling. After retirement, he developed a passion for camping and spending his winters in warmer climates, most recently in Sebring, Fla., where he made lifelong friends. His family was always the No. 1 priority and he was happiest when the family was gathered celebrating and sharing time together.
Surviving are his wife, Janice; children, Sharon (Robert) Kwiatkowski, Doug Ash, Charlotte Hurst, David (Sharon) Ash, Darrell (Sandy) Ash, Don Ash, Dan (Vickie) Ash, Pat Walkup and Cathy (David) Krueger; 25 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Jean Vassar. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosemary Boyle; great-grandson, Ryan Orgel; and sons-in-law, John Hurst and Rankin Walkup.
Family and friends were received on April 8 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A funeral Mass was celebrated on April 9 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, followed by interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614.