In Memory

Lynnette Beenken (Ludwigsen)

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Lynnette F. (Beenken) Ludwigsen, 65, of Crystal Lake died peacefully in her home Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, after a long and courageous fight with cancer.

She was born Dec. 3, 1951 in Blue Earth, Minn., to Leonard and LaVonne (Olson) Beenken.

Lynnette graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse in 1970. Lynnette married Robert W. Ludwigsen March 29, 1975, in Crystal Lake.

She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a master’s degree in education. Lynnette first taught English at McHenry West High School where she met her devoted husband. After spending many years lovingly focused on raising her sons, Lynnette returned to teaching, first at MCC, then at Marian Central HS, and finally retired after several years at Northwood Middle School in Woodstock.

Lynnette and Robert loved camping and exploring the world, particularly scenic Route 66. She also had many other interests and talents, such as quilting, knitting, arts and crafts, gardening, and spending time with her book club. A favorite pastime was proudly displaying her handiwork in craft shows with her mother. Most of all Lynnette enjoyed spending time with her loved ones and family members, particularly her granddaughters.

She is survived by her parents; husband; children, Robert L. Ludwigsen of Richland, Wash., Aaron Ludwigsen of Crystal Lake; two grandchildren, Anya and Annabelle Ludwigsen; three sisters, Sheryl Beenken Wohlf, Mary (Douglas) Leifheit and Debra (William) Craig; three nieces, Rachael (Pierre) Letourneau, Emily Wohlf and Nicole Leifheit; nephew, Paul (Holly) Leifheit; uncles, Terry and Darwin Olson; unofficial daughter, Jennifer Boksa Ludwigsen; oh so many cousins; and special friend, confidant and caretaker, Betty Jean Stoltze of Crystal Lake.


Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Querhammer & Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W. Terra Cotta Ave., in Crystal Lake, followed by a celebration of life thereafter. The Rev. Sally Harris will officiate. Interment in Windridge Memorial Park will be private.