Susan Courtright Ludwig

January 17, 1934 ‒ December 18, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Susan Courtright Ludwig, 85, died unexpectedly at home the morning of Wednesday, December 18, 2019.  Born January 17, 1934, to Lucretia G. and John P. Courtright in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Susan lived in Marion almost her entire life. She was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church and began many of her lifelong friendships in grade school. At age 15, she met the man who would be her husband before she graduated from Harding High School in 1952. She attended Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A. 1956) and served as chapter president of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Susan and Paul married during her senior year on November 12, 1955, while Paul was on a three day pass from the Army.  They recently celebrated 64 years of marriage.

After a brief time in Germany while Paul served in the Army, and a few early years in Mansfield, Ohio, they made their life and their home in Marion near their parents and siblings. Although she occasionally served as a substitute teacher in the schools, her focus was her family, serving her community with participation on the Junior Womens Hospital Board (TWIG II) and cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Susan loved her family and her friends, the OPs, and little came between her and a reason to socialize. Her sense of humor, warm ways, and hearty laugh are remembered by all. She always said one should never ooze out of a party — and indeed on the morning of December 18 she left this party promptly, if a little too suddenly, and peacefully, having enjoyed every moment of her time here.

Susan leaves behind the love of her life for the past 70 years, Paul L. Ludwig; daughter, Laura L.  (Steve) Tiberi; son, John H. (Cristi Curren) Ludwig; grandchildren Annie (Tom) Prenoveau, Allie Avishai, Liz (Kim McIntyre) Ludwig, and John C. Ludwig; great grandchildren Zachary and Parker Prenoveau; dear friends and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Lucretia Garberson Courtright and John P. Courtright Sr.; her brother John P. Courtright Jr. and his wife Anne; and her niece and namesake, Susan Courtright Zanner.

The family is grateful for the kindness and care of the staff at Primrose Retirement Community in Marion.

Visitation will be Monday, December 23, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, 143 South Prospect St., Marion from10:30AM to 11:30AM; Memorial service will immediately follow at 11:30AM with Rev. Rob Howard officiating; a reception will be held at the Marion Country Club following the services.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by contribution to the Susan Courtright Ludwig Memorial Fund at the First Presbyterian Church.

The Snyder Funeral Home, Denzer Chapel, is honored to be serving the Ludwig family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Thinking of you all as you say a final goodbye to the life of the party. She was one of a kind and will be missed. Love to all.

  • Laura & family, We met your wonderful mother through the Courtrights, our Torch Lake neighbors. When she would visit the lake with your dad we always enjoyed our visits with them. What a gift to be together for 70yrs. I’m sure she is with many of her family & friends in Heaven! Love & prayers! Carole & Paul

  • I loved Susan so much. You were such a loving, caring person with a great sense of humor. You and your husband Paul were part of the Mc Daniel family going on several OADA trips with our family. Meredythe and I followed you and Paul to Canada and Grenelefe in Florida with many summer trips to Wamplers Lake in Michigan.
    Susan, I will forever miss you and know that you are in a better place however all of us your friends have a huge whole in our hearts. Love you my great friend.

    John Mc

  • Aunt Susan and Uncle Paul have always been a part of the fabric of my life and I am sad about Aunt Susan’s unexpected passing and the passing of an era. Laura and John, please know how much regard I have for your parents, for their involvement in the community, their example of love of family and friends. I will miss Aunt Susan greatly. May her memory live on. Love you Aunt Susan. Laurel

  • Laura and family,

    We are so saddened to hear of your mother’s passing. We wish we would have been able to meet her as we have heard so many wonderful stories from Allie about her Nana. The beautiful obituary further helped us understand what a wonderful woman she was. Our mother’s love is with us forever and we know that will bring you comfort in the days ahead. Our deepest condolences to all.

    Kevin and Denise Anderson

  • On behalf of all your Women on Fire sisters, dear Laura and Annie, we send you love and strength through these next days. I am so honored that I got to meet your mom in Naples. What a beautiful spirit she was! We love you, are thinking about you and our hands are at your backs.

  • Dear Laura and family,
    We were saddened to hear the news of your mother’s passing. We remember meeting her at Ryan and Hannah’s wedding, what a lovely charming and elegant woman she was! Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Kindest Regards,
    Martha and Peter March

  • May our condolences bring you comfort, and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.
    David, Kathy & Sam Wink

  • So many memories come to mind when I think of Susan and Paul. Many were made during the years Laura and I dated. I wish I could be there to share the mourning and cherish some of those memories with you. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.

    Schuyler (& David)

  • Dearest Laura and Annie,
    Sending my sincere condolences for the loss of your mom and Nana—Reading about her, and the messages of sympathy, it’s clear what a bright light she was, which is also so evident in both of you! My love and prayers to you as you celebrate her life and grieve her death.

  • I am so very sorry to hear about Susan’s passing. Paul, and her entire family, will be in my prayers. Heaven gained a very special angel!

  • Although I had not seen Susan in several years I remember her fondly from our high school years at Harding. I also recall a couple after reunion parties at Paul and Susan’s home. My sincere condolences to Paul and the family on their loss.

    Jim Thomas

  • Our deepest sympathy to Paul and family.We enjoyed many football games and fieindships at Grenelefe with Susan. Bob and Mert Wexler

  • Donna and I were truly sadden to hear about the loss of Susan. We have really enjoyed our many years of friendship at Grenelefe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at the sad time.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul and the rest of the family. We, too enjoyed our friendship with the Ludwigs at Grenelefe. Perhaps we can all rendezvous someday at that football stadium in Heaven.

  • Laura and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We met her and Paul a few times and she was always so nice and caring. She was a wonderful person and will be deeply missed. Our deepest and sincere condolences to Paul and your family.
    Linda Hays Tiberi and Mike Leffler

  • Dear Laura and family,
    Very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Mother. I wish you peace in your heart during this sudden change and loss. She sounded like a lovely and lively Mother.
    Cathy Croll Riccio

  • Dear Laura and family,
    Very sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your Mother. I wish you peace in your heart during this time. She sounded like a lovely and lively Mother.
    Cathy Croll Riccio

  • Dear Paul and Family,

    Mark and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Susan.

    We treasure the memories of the wonderful times we had together in Georgian Bay and Grenelefe.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Much love,

    Penny & Mark Waghorne