Nancy Schneller Ludwig

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THOMASTON - Nancy Schneller Ludwig, mother, homemaker, wife, etc., led an exuberant life. Born in New York (Queens), N.Y., the daughter of Franklin Holcombe Loomis and Lora Anschutz Loomis. On Dec. 31, 2018, she set off on her next adventure, four days after her 93rd birthday.

She was well educated, graduating from the Hopkins School, in New Haven, Conn., in 1942, and then Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., three years later. In 1946, Nancy walked down the aisle with George Otto Schneller III who preceded her in death, in 1966. Their marriage began with a stepson, George, of Lawrenceville, N.J., then in quick order, Nancy gave birth to six children, F. Gregory, Peter, of Alliance, Ohio, Nina, Richard, of Thomaston, Priscilla, of Alliance, Ohio, and Lora, of Thomaston. In 1975, she married Edward Ludwig and was blessed with three more stepchildren, Laura, of Westin, Mass., Rick, of Thomaston, and Linda, of Hampden, Mass. Her children have blessed her with 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Nancy minded her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with a lovely combination of affection and astonishment.

Nancy was predeceased by her first husband, George Schneller, her second husband, Edward Ludwig, in 2018; along with her son, F. Gregory and a daughter, Nina.

Nancy was better than best at life's chores. Her work life included a stint as the owner of an Alliance, Ohio business, The Crafty Ones, where she also taught the arts of decoupage, crochet, knitting, et al. With her second husband, Ed, she managed the Rabbit Hill Inn, in Lower Waterford, Vt. She was no stranger to the communities in which she lived. Her service 'work' included stints as a Pink Lady at Alliance City Hospital, tutoring students for their GEDs, at Alliance City Schools, distributing Meals on Wheels, and offering home care and hospice help for Kno-Wal-Lin, in Rockland.

She was an avid reader and cherished her AAUW Book Club. Nancy's laugh lines were profuse, her regrets few; she shared her love without hesitation, and her memories are treasured by many. Hers was a life well lived.

A Memorial Service will be held for Nancy on Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church on 200 Main St., Thomaston, with Rev. Peter Jenks officiating.

Hall's of Thomaston has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences please visit

Memorial donations in Nancy's memory may be made to the Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME.

Published in Central Maine on Jan. 8, 2019
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