Doris Wright Ludwigs, 97, of Le Mars, died Sunday, April 3, 2011 at her son's home near Remsen.
Doris Lola Ropte was born Sept. 12, 1913, on a farm near Coleridge, Neb., the daughter of Burno and Magdalena (Wiederaender) Ropte. Doris was baptized Oct. 5, 1913, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Coleridge, Neb., and confirmed in 1927 at Salem Lutheran Church at Dakota City, Neb.
As a young girl, German was spoken exclusively in her home so when she began school Doris also had to learn English. She attended country school near her home in Dakota County, Neb., and later attended and graduated from high school in South Sioux City, Neb., in 1931. While attending high school, she stayed with families in South Sioux City. Following high school, Doris continued her education at Midland College in Fremont, Neb., where she received he teaching certificate. She went on to teach country school in Dakota County.
Doris was united in marriage to Roy F. Wright May 4, 1935, at Salem Lutheran at Dakota City. The couple settled on a farm in Union Township, near Remsen and raised their family. In 1965, Roy died and Doris later moved to Le Mars. While living in Le Mars, she worked at Vander Meer Bakery where she met and later married Clarence Ludwigs on May 26, 1973, at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. Clarence died in 1991.
Doris was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and attended Sarah Circle. She had served as President of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau Ladies from 1967 to 1968.
She also was a very talented pianist; giving lessons to countless members of the community and accompanied many at the Union Township School. She had also served several churches in the area for Sunday services and weddings.
Doris also enjoyed baking and sewing along with enjoying her family.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol R. Pick and Maureen Gettner and her husband, Don, all of Remsen; two sons, Ken Wright of Remsen and Wendel Wright and his wife, Kim of Florida; 16 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Vivian Ropte of Madison, Neb., and Gertrude Gluck of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Burno and Magdalena (Wiederaender) Ropte; husbands, Roy and Clarence; three brothers, Warren, Marvin and Don Ropte; a sister-in-law, Wilma Ropte; a son-in-law, Darold Pick; a great-granddaughter, Amanda Stoos; and a great-great-granddaughter, Charlie Rose Pick.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars, with the Rev. Tim Geitz of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be at Union Township Cemetery. Visitations will be Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Ken Wright, Don Gettner, Gary Pyle, Jim Harms, Andy Pick, and Arlie Pick. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.