OSWEGO, NY – Joan M. (nee VanArtsdalen) Ludwigsen, 85, of North Cape May, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 19, 2017, in the comfort of her home with her family at her side.
Raised in Merchantville/Cherry Hill, Joan had been a resident of North Cape May since 1987 after moving from Kingston, NY.
Her family was her number one priority during her life; she was a devoted and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
An important part of Joan’s life was her passion for music.
An accomplished singer, she was active in many choirs throughout her entire life.
In her younger years, she sang in Atlantic City with Rosemary Clooney.
More recently, she was a 20+ year member of the Angelus Chorus, Cape May Court House and was also an active member in the Cape May United Methodist Church Choir.
Joan was always physically active, she played competitive softball into her 40s and up until recently she could always be seen enjoying long walks in her neighborhood where she always had a kind word and spread good cheer.
She was predeceased by her parents, John and Helen VanArtsdalen; and sister, Helen Korhammer.
Joan is dearly missed by her loving family which includes her husband of 66 years, Jim Ludwigsen of North Cape May; three sons, Jim Ludwigsen of North Cape May, Gary (Katrina Scanlon) Ludwigsen of Oswego and Scott (Karen Hubman) Ludwigsen of New Jersey; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Joan’s aide, Juah, as well as Eleanor, Nancy and others at Holy Redeemer Hospice New Jersey Shore.
Funeral services and calling hours were held on Sunday in the Cape May United Methodist Church, 635 Washington St., Cape May.
Interment was held privately at Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill.
In lieu of flowers, at Joan’s request, “please do something nice for someone you love.”
Local arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.