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Obituary of Joseph E. Ludewig

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Joseph E Ludewig, retired publications editor at State University Collage at Cortland, died May 14, 2024 at Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing. He was 93 and resided at 3817 Highland Rd, Cortlandville and then at the Elizabeth Brewster House in Homer. He also had a summer home in Roxbury NY.


Before moving to Cortland in 1966 Mr. Ludewig was city editor of the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal. He previously was a reporter and suburban editor for the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle. He retired from SUNY in August 1992.

Born October 25, 1930 in Rockville Center, Long Island, he attended school in Wappingers Falls NY and graduated from Syracuse University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science. He was drafted into the Army in the Korean War and was in the public relations office at Fort Dix in New Jersey. He was discharged as a sergeant.

He held office in the American Newspaper Guild in Rochester, was a member of the SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development for 26 years, and for several years chaired a statewide publications committee for SUNY colleges.

For nine years he represented the Homer Central School District on the board of education of Cortland-Madison BOCES and its successor, Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES. He was a frequent Red Cross blood donor, volunteered as a sorter for the annual Cortland Free Library book sale, and was a long-time lector at St Margaret’s Catholic Church in Homer where he also served a term as parish trustee.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Goddard whom he married in Rochester in 1958, died in September 2021. He is survived by a daughter, Katherine F Ludewig, in Broadalbin (NY); a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Jay Shain, in San Jose, CA; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Robin Ludewig, In Toluca Lake, CA, four grandsons, twins Nathaniel and Benjamin, in New York City, Harry Ludewig in Toluca Lake and Gabriel Shain in San Jose, and a granddaughter, Elena Shain, in San Jose, and nephews, nieces and cousins. His sister, Frances L Frisina, died in 2013.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated St Margaret’s Church, Homer, at 11 am on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Burial will be in Roxbury.

Mr. Ludewig requested that no flowers be sent and that memorial gifts be given to the public library of choice.

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