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FOREST MILLER
Forest G. Miller, 89, of Kalkaska passed away Sunday, April 30, 2000 at the Kalkaska Memorial L. T. Center in Kalkaska.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. from the Central Michigan Free Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Fulkerson officiating. Interment will be in Green Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.
The Berry Funeral Home is in charge of services.
Memorials may be given tot he Central Michigan Free Methodist or the Sault Ste. Marie Free Methodist Church.
Forest G. Miller was born February 27, 1911 in Bremon, Ohio to George and Samantha (Hardwick) Crook.
She married Francis Miller October 7, 1933 in Ohio, he preceded her in death in 1969.
She and her husband had served as Pastoral Family for several churches in the North Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church.
After her husbands death, she served as a Social Worker for the Isabella County Dept. of Social Services until her retirement at age 70.
She is survived by two daughters, Edna (Fay) Jackson of South Bordman, and Linda Miller of Sault Ste. Marie; two sons, David (Laura) Miller of Phoenix, Ariz., and Stan (Sharon) Miller of Shepherd; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM ISAACSON
William Edward "Sweet William" Isaacson, 72, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at his home.
On August 4, 1927, he was born the son of Isaac and Elsa (Johnson) Isaacson in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
William served his country in the U.S. Army. Mr. Isaacson was employed by Montgomery Ward for twenty-eight years in retail management. He was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church, Sault Shrine Club, Bethel Lodge #358, Knights of the York Cross of Honor (K.Y.C.H.), Cheboygan Commandery #50, Royal Arch Masons, Queen of the North #82 Order of the Eastern Star, and B.P.O.E. #552. During his participation with these groups, William was a Past Master of Bethel Lodge #358, Mason of the Year in 1984, and Past Worthy Patron for Queen of the North #82 Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his wife, Alice (Kirby) Isaacson; two daughters, Kristi L. (Richard) Guimond of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. and Lori L. (Dennis) Kagarise of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; two sons, William E. (Angie) Isaacson II of Escanaba, Mich. and Kirby J. (Deborah) Isaacson of Hammond, Ind.; a sister, Violet (Ronald) Alphonse of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; ten grandchildren, Sara and Krysta Isaacson, Kathryne, Emily, and Robert Guimond, Scott (Kris), Ronald, Katherine, Matthew, and Lynnea Kagarise; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew, Scott and Rochelle Kagarise.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Robert J. Isaacson.
Visitation for Mr. Isaacson will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2000 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hovie Funeral Home. A lodge service will be performed by the Bethel Lodge #358 at 5:30 p.m. Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at the Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Jerry Rossow officiating. Friends may call at the church from 12 noon until the time of service. Interment will be in Oklawn Chapel Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Faith Lutheran Church or Masonic Temple Association Building Fund.

DEATH NOTICE
KELLY, LOUISA I., 95, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away May 4, 2000 at Tendercare Nursing Home. She was born October 18, 1904. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.

MARY BALESTRIERI
Mary Balestrieri, 79, of Scottsdale, died Friday, June 1, 2000. Mrs. Balestrieri moved to Arizona 22 years ago from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her loving husband and soul mate, Sal; her sons, Jim McGruther and his wife, Norma, Harold McGruther and his wife, Linda, David Balestrieri and his wife, Therese; her daughters, Sandra Forte, Sharon Conrad, Cecile Dunn and her husband, Don. She had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A private ceremony will be held by the family. Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary & Chapel.

IONA RYAN
Iona G. "Mickey" Ryan, 75, of Pickford, Mich. went to be out Our Lord on Monday evening, June 19, 2000 at Shady Lane Rest Home in Lakefield Township, in McMillian, Mich. after a long illness.
She was born to James and Ethel Gillette on December 21, 1924 in Chattanooga, Tenn. where she was raised and attended school. During World War II, her family moved to Panama City Beach, Fla. where she worked at the Tyndel Field Air Force Base linking ammunition. There she married Scott Webb in the Chapel on the Base. Shortly after they moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. which was Scott's hometown. They were blessed with a daughter, Lynnette.
Scott Webb preceded in death.
After she met Henry John Ryan marrying him on April 13, 1954 in Carson City, Nev. She was employed as a long distance operator, hotel switchboard operator, and an operator for doctors answering service for medical emergencies. With John they were blessed with two daughters, Nora and Jackie.
In 1981, they moved to Pickford, Mich. After John's retirement they purchased The Dodge Brothers Hunting Lodge on Rocky Point Road where they lived for seven years. After 32 years of marriage, Henry John Ryan preceded her in death in 1986. After his death, she moved to town where she resided until her death.
During her lifetime, she enjoyed archery, sewing clothes, quilting, and theater where she was an actress, dancer and singer and was a member of the Santa Rosa Players.
Iona was a part of the Church Family of New Life Church in Pickford. 
She is survived by her children, Lynnette (Joe) Babcock of Santa Rosa, Calif., Nora Palmer of Annandale, Va., and Jackie (Randy) Wheeler of Newberry, Mich.; grandchildren, Mike, Steven and John Babcock, Mary Iona, and Charles Palmer, and Andrew, Allen and Ryan James Wheeler; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ruth Gilbreath of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and step-brothers and -sisters, Alice and Martha Coppenger, Diane, David and Terry Gillette.
Funeral services for Iona will be held on Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at the New Life Church in Pickford, Mich. with Martin Ledy officiating. Her family will receive friends at the church at 12 noon until the time of the service.
Private burial arrangements have been made by her family.
Arrangements were made through Ross Memorial in Pickford, Mich.

GOLDIE LONGDO
Goldie M. Longdo, 94, of Newberry, died Monday evening, June 19, 2000 at Mackinac Straits Long Term Health Care Facility in St. Ignace.
Born January 2, 1906 in Greenup, Ky., daughter of the late Henry and Della (Abdon) Bradley, Goldie had been a resident of Newberry for over 60 years. She was employed in the housekeeping department at the Newberry Regional Mental Health Center in Newberry for 25 years until her retirement. Following retirement, she continued employment with the Tahquamenon Area Credit Union also as a housekeeper. Goldie was a member of the Newberry United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #74 Ladies Auxiliary. Her interests included cooking, baking, cleaning and spending time with her family.
Besides her parents, Goldie is preceded in death by her husbands, George Webber Sr. and Willis "Wid" Longdo; also four brothers, five sisters, and one great-great-granddaughter.
Survivors include her sons, William "Ken" (Elaine) Webber of Manistique, George (Juanita) Webber of Newberry, and Sherwood (Carolyn) Webber of Westland; daughter, Velma Bouchard of Newberry; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 23 at 3 p.m. at the Newberry United Methodist Church in Newberry with Pastor Peter Bartlett officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Home Cemetery in Newberry.
Friends may call at the church on Friday, June 23 from 1 - 3 p.m. Those who wish may contribute to the Newberry United Methodist Church in memory of Goldie M. Longdo.
Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family with arrangements.

LISA WINANDY
Lisa Irene Winandy, 30, of St. Ignace, Mich. a former resident of Cedarville, died as a result of an automobile accident early Tuesday morning, June 20, 2000 in Cheboygan County, Mich.
Lisa was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on October 29, 1969. She was a bookkeeper-office manager for Helman Associates in St. Ignace.
She graduated from Cedarville High School class of 1987 where she was a national honor society member and a member of the high school band. She was presently attending LSSU where she was in her junior year majoring in accounting and had also attended Michigan State University in Ann Arbor. She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church of Hessel and the St. Ignace Lions Club. Lisa was an avid stamp and coin collector.
She is survived by her mother, Leora (Sonny) Thon of Cedarville, Mich.; and her father, John (Judy) Winandy of Hessel, Mich.; one brother, David Winandy of Hessel, Mich.; grandmother, Freida Winandy of Elk Grove, Ill.; uncles, Alan Boike and Jim Winandy; aunts, Marlene Tolliver, Janet Meyer and Roberta Wooton; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Valentine J. Winandy and Joseph and Irene Boike.
Lisa was a Gift of Life Donor through University of Michigan.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Hessel with Rev. Fr. Ben Paris and Rev. Jerry Nowacki celebrants. Interment will be in Cedar Cemetery in Cedarville, Mich.
Memorials may be left to the Les Cheneaux Streetscape Project.
Arrangements are being handled by the Reamer Funeral Home in Pickford, Mich.

LOIS WHITE
Lois Marie White, 61, a lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. area passed away Monday night, June 19, 2000 at Tendercare Nursing Home.
Miss White was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. on January 13, 1939. She was a graduate of Brimley High School. Later, she began employment at War Memorial Hospital, where she worked for 31 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Olive (Vollick) White of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; three brothers, Lloyd (Donna) White of Dafter, Mich. and Leonard (Sharon) White and David (Donna) White both of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; and a sister, Barbara Bohm of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard O. White.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 at Hovie Funeral Home with Reverend Doug McGeorge officiating. Visitation will be held from 12 noon until the time of the service. Burial will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.

LINDA SYLVESTER
Linda Markham Sylvester, 58, was born January 30, 1942 and died August 4, 2000 at 4:30 p.m. at U-M Hospital.
She was the daughter of Melvin and E. Lisle Markham, and they predeceased her.
She is the wife of A.W. "Bill" Sylvester; mother of Mark, Michael (Debbie), Denea (Tim); grandmother of David, Kara, Jason, Danielle, Zachary; and sister of David (Bennie) and Nancy; Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 8 from 2 until 9 p.m., and Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Uht Funeral Home, 35400 Glenwood Rd., Westland, MI 48184. Funeral services will be Thursday, August 10 at 10 a.m. and burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

NONA GLAC
Nona Jean Glac, 68, of Dryden, Mich. passed away Friday, August 4, 2000 at 3032 Blacks Comers Rd. after an extended illness.
Nona Jean (Izzard) Crisp was born February 19, 1932 in DeTour, Mich. She graduated from Pickford High School. She was married to Edward Quintin Glac on July 8, 1972 in Royal Oak, Mich. She was a homemaker and attended St. John Episcopal Church in Dryden. She bowled in several local bowling leagues.
Surviving are her husband, Edward Glac of Dryden, Mich.; three daughters, LouAnn Sherman of Imlay City, Linda (Ray) Lessard of Almont, and Dolores (Tim) Risch of Royal Oak; three sons, Brian (Julie) Johnson of Imlay City, Bruce (Linda) Johnson of Stalwart, Mich., and Paul (Alyse) Glac of Brookline, Mass.; three sisters, Mildred Warren of Pickford, Mich., Wilma Stefanski of Raber, Mich., and Audrey (Joe) Terrien of Davison; four brothers, George (Eleanor) Crisp of Harrison, Mich., Marshall (Faye) Crisp of Goetzville, Mich., Robert (Melvina) Crisp of Lake City, Mich., and Harold (Cynthia) Crisp of Goetzville, Mich.; and mother-in-law, Grandma Glac of Royal Oak, Mich. Nona is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Mildred (Izzard) Crisp; a brother, Kenneth Crisp; two sisters, Gladys Earl and Mary Ethel Crisp; and an infant daughter.
Funeral services took place Monday, August 7 at 1 p.m. at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, Imlay City, MI 48444, Reverend Wanda Ray will officiate with burial in Fairview Cemetery in Pickford on August 8. 

CLAUDE CATER
Claude A. Cater, 81, passed away at Orchard Park Nursing Home on July 31, 2000 in Tacoma, Wash. He was born on September 27, 1918 on Drummond Island and was raised on Drummond Island, Mich.
Claude served in the Army as a medic during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He retired from Civil Service after 20 years at McCelland AFB in Sacramento, Calif. Claude always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
He is survived by three daughters, Deborah Baker (Martin) of Tacoma, Wash., June Byrd of Abaline, Texas, and Linda Cater and son Mike Cater both of Sacramento, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Mable Cater.
A memorial service will be held in Tacoma, Wash. at 2 p.m. on August 7. A graveside service will be held at Drummond Island Cemetery, Drummond Island, Mich., Friday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Bob Milne officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by the Reamer Funeral Home of Pickford, Mich.

STANLEY McKEE
Stanley James McKee, 92, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away Sunday morning, August 6, 2000 at his home.
Stan was born on October 22, 1907 in Bruce Township, Mich. to James and Mary (Johnson) McKee. He worked for Armstrong Oil Co., J. L. Whitehead Construction Co., and he was Sheriff of Chippewa County from 1960 until 1967. In 1972, he retired from the Chippewa County Road Commission. Before retirement, he was the caretaker of the I-75 Rest Area. His memberships include the Sault Wesleyan Church and the Michigan Sheriff's Association.
He is survived by his wife, Erma (Eveleigh) McKee; one son, James (Margaret) McKee of Round Lake, Ill.; two grandchildren, Laura (Jerry) Deitz and James McKee both of Round Lake, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Zackery Deitz, and Jessika and Kaylin McKee; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Doris Brownlee Hillock; and one brother, Charles McKee.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 4:30 until 9 p.m. at Hovie Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9 at Hovie Funeral Home with Reverend Dale Kessler and Reverend Richard Moore officiating. Burial will be at Donaldson Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to the Sault Wesleyan Church.

DEATH NOTICE
BOISCLAIR, RICHARD, 63, of Evergreen Shores, St. Ignace died August 7, 2000 at Mackinac Straits Hospital ER. Arrangements are incomplete, and handled by Dodson Funeral Home, St. Ignace.

KENNITH SPURLOCK
Kennith Spurlock, 71, of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night, September 19, 2000 at War Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Spurlock was born in Smith, Kentucky on November 4, 1928, the son of the late John and Molly (Ledford) Spurlock. He was a Korean War Veteran as well as an ex-POW for 27 months. His memberships include the ex-POW Association, life member; V.F.W., life member; D.A.V., life member; and American Legion, 25-year member. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He retired from the Corps of Engineers after working there for 45 years.
He is survived by his wife, Donella (Jones) Spurlock, whom he married on November 8,1 950; a son, Kennith A. Spurlock of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Roberta Silva of Boise, Id., and Tina (Lonnie) Cupp of Pickford, Mich.; four grandchildren, Jessica (Eric) Warner of Lemore, Calif., Daniel Silva of Boise, id., and Christine and Matthew Cupp both of Pickford, Mich.; two brothers, Aldon (JoAnn) Spurlock and Herman (Norma) Spurlock both of Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Mildred (Henry) Osborne of Indianapolis, Ind.; mother-in-law, Loretta Jones of Florida; sister-in-law, Judy (Donald) Fountain of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dear friends, Donald and Minnie Ferraro.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 23 at Hovie Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be gin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 at the funeral home with Captain E. Neil Evenden officiating. Interment will be at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Memorials may be directed to a veteran's memorial of choice or The Salvation Army.

DELPHINE HOLLAND
Delphine Rose Holland, 59, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at Marquette General Hospital.
She was born on June 14, 1941, and was a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Holland; a son, Richard Paul Holland of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; four daughters, Regina Hughes of Novi, Mich., Leslie Teeple of Brimley, Mich., Sandra Hughes of Omaha, Neb. and Candace Hughes of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; four brothers, Dick Payment, Merve (Helen) Payment, Alford Payment and Dale (Barb) Payment; three sisters, Wanda Burgess, Linda Payment and April Payment; and 22 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Payment; one sister, Betty Cupjack; and her parents, Oliver and Lucille (Leask) Payment.
Visitation will be on Saturday, September 23 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home. Prayers will be at 12 noon with Father Sebastian Kavumkal officiating.

DONNA BOSLEY
Donna J. Bosley, 65, of 93 E. Sands, Gwinn, died Monday, January 29, 2001 at Marquette General Hospital.
Mrs. Bosley was born on March 19, 1935, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., a daughter of the late Miles and Thelma (Hill) Rath. On October 5, 1957 she married Carl Bosley of Sault Ste. Marie.
Donna was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marquette. She enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, crafting greeting cards and writing poetry.
Mrs. Bosley is survived by her husband, Carl of Gwinn; a daughter, Deborah (Richard) Neff of Milwaukee; a son, Timothy (Eileen) Bosley of Saginaw; a granddaughter, Tonya Neff; a brother, Richard (Ollie) Rath of South Caroline; several nieces and nephews; and several cousins. Two sisters, Joanne and Gloria preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marquette on Friday at 12 noon with the Rev. Andrew Martens officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held in Forsyth Township Cemetery.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Gwinn Funeral Home is assisting the family.

THOMAS KIBBLE
Thomas "Dafter-Fisherman" Kibble, 60, a lifelong resident of Dafter, Michigan passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2001 as a result of an automobile accident near Cheboygan, Michigan.
Mr. Kibble was born in Dafter, Michigan on September 16, 1940 the son of the late Herman and Frances (Lockhart) Kibble. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, reading western books, and watching western and war movies.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary A. Kibble; a son, Jim Kibble of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; two daughters, Evelyn (Ken) O'Brien of Alanson, Mich., and Donelda (Todd) Mellinger of Manton, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Maria Kibble of Kinross, Mich.; and eight grandchildren, Patricia, Krystal, James, Karri, Jamie, Matthew, Dorothy, and Donna. He is also survived by a brother, Edward Kibble of Dafter, Mich.; three sisters, Thelma Grexton of Canada, Marjorie (Ray) Hill of Lansing, Mich., and Anna Mae (Donald) Bonnee of Dafter, Mich.; and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Kibble of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patricia Ann Kibble in December 1962; and a brother, Robert Kibble in December 1990.
Visitation will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 1 at Hovie Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 2 at Fundamental Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Lockhart officiating. Burial will be at the Kinross Lakeside Cemetery in the spring.
Memorials may be left to the American Cancer Society.

J. ELLWOOD LUDWIG
J. Ellwood "Woody" Ludwig, 90, of F4 Dogwood Court, Frederick, Pa., formerly of Okemos, Mich. passed away January 29, 2001 at 2:45 p.m. in Frederick Mennonite Community where he had resided for three and a half years. He was born January 12, 1911 to the late Horace M and Margaret (Kirkhoff) Ludwig. He graduated from Pottstown High School in 1929, Valley Forge Military Academy in 1930, and University of Pennsylvania in 1934.
He was a member of Okemos Community Church in Okemos, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs of Chester, Pa. and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Woody was born in Pottstown, Pa. in 1911 and lived a full life as an athletic coach and camp owner and director. He leaves a huge legacy of giving to children and young adults for family and friends to follow. All the people he touched during his more than 60 years of coaching and camping were better for having known Woody.
After a very successful personal athletic and academic career at Pottstown High School, Valley Forge Military Academy and the University of Pennsylvania, Woody began his coaching as head football and basketball coach at Northampton, Pa. High School. During that time he lead the "Konkrete Kids" to a high level of success in both sports.
In the early "40s he moved on to Shamokin, Pa. high school to direct their tough, high-powered football program. While living in Shamokin Woody and Dottie added sons Jim, Tom and Gary to their family. Also during this time he and his wife Dorothy opened Camp Nik-O-Mahs in central Pa.
By the mid-'40s the Ludwigs took their talents to Bucknell University. As head football, basketball and baseball coach Woody directed the Bisons to many victories over quality opponents.
In 1945 Woody, Dottie and Woody's parents traveled to northern Ontario to see the site that soon would become Camp Bil-O-Wood. Together Woody and Dottie founded Bil-O-Wood in 1946. The first year saw 37 campers from Pottstown, Lewisburg and Williamsport travel over three hundred miles of dirt roads to arrive in camp. The town of Blind River was a small lumbering town at that time. The early years saw high adventure around ever corner.
By the "50s Bil-O-Wood's enrollment had grown to nearly 100 campers. They now came from towns all over the east and Midwest. Canoe trips into the interior of northern Ontario became a regular occurrence each summer.
In 1955 Woody moved his family to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. to be closer to camp. He also became the high school athletic director and football and basketball coach. During his six years in the Sault, his teams won a state championship in football and finished in the final four in basketball. Jim, Tom and Gary played for Woody on many of these teams.
Camp continued to grow in size and activities. By the late "60s the middle Ludwig son, Tom, became a director and co-owner. Tom became the third generation of Ludwig' to share the Bil-O-Wood experience with children from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. During this period Woody's third son Gary was a major influence in the growth of the outdoor living and canoeing program at camp.
Through the "70s Woody was the continuing inspiration for everything that happened at Bil-O-Wood. His knowing, caring way with children created many strong, life-long relationships. Campers from the early years would call him throughout the winter to receive his counsel and approval long after they had past camp age.
As the "80s began his oldest son Jim became increasingly involved with the recruiting and marketing of camp. Also at this time his grandchildren became deeply involved with all aspects of the program. The camp enrollment continued around the 100 level each summer. Canoe trips were going farther and now reached all the way to James Bay.
As the "90s evolved Woody turned over most of the running of camp to Tom and the marketing to Jim. Camp was now at an enrollment level of 130 campers each season. Woody was now the "supreme supervisor" making sure that every camper had the best of everything. Late in the "90s grandson Paul became the program director and the right hand man for his dad Tom.
1999 was to be Woody's last year in camp. Failing health made the long trek to camp from Pennsylvania impossible.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Rose) Ludwig of Frederick, Pa. whom he married June 19, 1937; three sons, James E. Ludwig, Jr. of Fleetwood, Pa., H. Thomas Ludwig of Ontario, Canada, and Gary L. Ludwig of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Mary Ellen (Ludwig), wife of William F. Gilbert of Boyertown, Pa.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ruth Peterman and Katherine Slick.
A Memorial Service will be held February 5 at 10 a.m. Funeral service will be at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown, Pa. with Rev. Berlington B. Latshaw, III, pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Rev. Arthur Hahn, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church. Final resting place will be in Edgewood Cemetery in Pottstown, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Uncle Woody" Scholarships, c/o The Allen Bass Fund, P.O. Box 904, Franconia, N.H. 03580.
The Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc. of Boyertown is in charge of arrangements.

DEATH NOTICE
SANDERSON, GAYLE L., 84, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. passed away January 30, 2001 in Zeeland, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced by Hovie Funeral Home.


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