Dorothy Marie Ludwig Roesch, 81, of Springfield passed away on November 3, 2011 at her residence.
Dorothy was born on February 9, 1930 in Jacksonville, IL, the daughter of Will F. and Margaret Johnson Ludwig. Her mother, Margaret Ludwig passed away of tuberculosis in 1932, and Dorothy was raised by her Stepmother, Barbara Hermes Ludwig. Dorothy was the only girl in her family, she had seven brothers. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1948, and joined Illinois Bell Telephone Company as an operator the same year. Dorothy married Richard J. Roesch on December 26, 1955 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Springfield. They were married almost 56 years, as he preceded her in death on October 11, 2011. Mrs. Roesch retired from Illinois Bell in 1983, after 26 years of service. After her retirement from Illinois Bell, Mrs. Roesch worked for several years in the billing office at Doctors Hospital in Springfield. Dorothy loved reading, sewing and needlework. She and her husband worked the crossword puzzle in the SJ-R daily, she providing the words, and Dick writing in the answers. Dick and Dorothy enjoyed a long and happy retirement, spending several winters in Tucson, AZ. They were a wonderful team right up to the end, even dying within 23 days of each other.
Mrs. Roesch was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Roesch, her parents, Will F. and Margaret Johnson Ludwig; her Step-Mother Barbara Hermes Ludwig; seven brothers, Earl Ludwig formerly of Naperville, IL, Bernard Ludwig formerly of Riverside, CA, Frank Ludwig, formerly of Spaulding, Clarence Ludwig, formerly of Fairfield Glade, TN, Paul “Bud” Ludwig formerly of Springfield, Leo Ludwig formerly of Stutgart, AR, and Charles Ludwig formerly of Springfield.
She is survived by her children, Becky (husband, Jim) Neuses, of Springfield; Rene (husband Dave) Sapochak, of Sherman, and Richard Scott Roesch of Springfield; grandchildren, Darcy and Lance Neuses and Andrew and Michaela Sapochak; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation: 3-5 p.m., Sunday, November 6, 2011 at Staab Funeral Home. A prayer service will be held at 3 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Monday, November 7, 2011 at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Reverend Peter Harman officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in New Berlin, IL.
Memorial contributions honoring Dorothy may be made to the Mary Bryant Home for the Blind, 2960 Stanton Ave., Springfield, IL 62703.