Catherine Eulalia Lawrence Ludwig, 98, of Leonardtown, MD, died at St. Mary’s Nursing Center on January 8, 2022.
She was born in Avenue, MD on July 19, 1923 to the late Clyde Alexander Lawrence and Kathleen Adele Buckler Lawrence.
Catherine, also known as Kitty, was a 1940 graduate of St. Mary’s Academy. She started her first job at Ben Franklin’s Longmore store in Leonardtown, MD. Kitty went to work in the supply department at the Patuxent River Naval Air Test Center where she met the love of her life, Paul Francis Ludwig. On June 19, 1946, she married her beloved husband, Paul in Avenue, MD. Together they celebrated over 70 wonderful years of marriage. Kitty, a mother of four, supplemented the family income by working as a seamstress for the Leonardtown Fashion Center. After raising her children and the children of several neighbors, she went to work for the St. Mary’s County School Board as a part-time secretary at Esperanza Middle School. She then accepted a full-time position at Chopticon High School in the career counselor’s office. Finally, she accepted a position at Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy where she ended her career as the school accountant. Kitty retired from Leonard Hall Junior Naval Academy to spend more time with her family.
Along with several other interested parents, she and Paul helped form the Association of Retarded Children of Maryland, now known as ARC in St. Mary’s County. At that time, there were no special education programs at St. Mary’s. The program was launched with five children. At the request of Paul and Kitty and the rest of the ARC families, a charity ball was held by the Knights of Columbus to raise funds each year. Her hobbies included singing in the choir at St. Aloysius Church, camping and visiting her daughter summers in California, sewing, knitting, crocheting, ceramics, crosswords and cooking. . She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and baked many cakes and pies for fundraisers much to the chagrin of her young children as they could not taste a sample. She supported and encouraged her husband Paul and all her children in all endeavours.
Kitty was predeceased by her husband, Paul in 2016. She is survived by her children: Mary Sandra Serrano (Gabriel) of Ventura, CA, Lawrence B. Ludwig (Mary) of Leonardtown, MD, Donald Paul Ludwig of Bowie, MD, and David Joseph Ludwig of Ridge, MD; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren, one of whom arrived in February. In addition to her parents, she is also predeceased by her brother, Edward Clyde Lawrence, and her sister, Janice Lawrence Combs.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with a Christian funeral mass celebrated by the Reverend David Beaubien at 10:00 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be private at a later date.
The pallbearers will be Armando Paul Serrano, Stephen Edward Fulks, David Michael Colvin, George Choporis, Robert Combs and Kyle Houston Ballard.
The honorary bearers will be Stephen Colvin, Samual Fulks, David Adam Colvin, Thomas Pilkerton, Guy Patrick Combs, James (Jake) Karaczynski, Peter (Rocky) Woodburn and Brett Adams.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the ARC of Southern Maryland, 25470 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Condolences to the family can be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by Brinsfield, PA Funeral Home, Leonardtown, Maryland.
Posted by Brinsfield Funeral Home, PA – Leonardtown on January 15, 2022.