Funeral services for Marjorie Anne Ludens, 91, of Springfield are 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the Emmanuel Reformed Cemetery, rural Springfield. Visitation will be at the church on Monday with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Anne (Odens) Ludens was born in rural Springfield on February 12, 1928, the daughter of Boldewyn and Anthonetta (Risseeuw) Odens. She died peacefully in her sleep at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton on July 26, 2019. Marjorie attained the age of 91 years, 5 months and 14 days.
Marjorie attended school through the eighth grade at Hitt and Kirkwood grade schools. In her teen years she assisted several families in Springfield, and then worked at Perkins Store, then as a kitchen assistant in Summit Hall at Southern State Teacher’s College.
Marjorie married Harold Ludens on February 28, 1952, at the Emmanuel Reformed Church, rural Springfield. They moved to Oceanside, California while Harold served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Pendleton. Their first child, Michael was born in Oceanside. Two years later, they returned to Springfield after Harold was released from the Marine Corps in December of 1953. They lived and farmed west of Springfield where they were blessed with four more children. Marjorie also worked at Al’s Hardware and later Springfield Hardware until her retirement in 1997.
Marjorie was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. She was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Willing Workers Society. Marjorie also served as a 4-H leader and a FHA parent adviser. She served on the board of elections in Springfield. She enjoyed bowling on a league with her sister and friends. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, baking and caring for her grandchildren. She was blessed to have many lifelong friends with whom she shared many happy times. Marjorie will be remembered for her welcoming smile and her love of family.
Thankful for having shared her life are her husband Harold; children: Michael (MaryLou) Ludens of Yankton; Jane (Dale) King of Hinckley, Ohio; Joan (Lauren) Tolsma of Sioux Falls; Ivan (Sheri) Ludens of Springfield and Brian (Kim) Ludens of Volga; 15 grandchildren: Bradley Ludens, Nicole Morken, Megan O’Connor, Dan Tolsma, Amy Luedy, Whitney Koelling, Christopher King, Tausha Campbell, Shane Ludens, Jonathan King, Casi Ludens, Mary Ludens, Stephanie Ludens, Lexie Ludens, and Brittany Ludens; and 15 great-grandchildren. Marjorie is survived by one sister, Beverly Jelsma of Springfield; one brother, Gary (Sandy) Odens of Avon; two sisters-in-law: Alice Odens of Chamberlain; and Susan (Myron) Pudwill of Lincoln, Nebraska; and many relatives and friends.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Ivan; one granddaughter, Megan O’Connor; three brothers: Phillip, Isaac and Alvin Odens; one sister, Winfred Kastein; three sisters-in-law: Eva Odens, Evelyn Odens, and Gertrude Ludens; and three brothers-in-law: Bernard Kastein Sr., Robert Jelsma and Clarence Ludens.
Yankton Press & Dakotan
July 29, 2019