Rosalind, or Ros, Ludwig, 74, rural Hillsboro, N.D. passed away on Monday, 15 June 2020, at a hospital in Cairns, Australia, after a brief illness from the rare blood disorder TTP. Ros and her husband, John, or Jack, Ludwig were at their winter home in rural Atherton, Queensland, when covid-19 restricted their travel back to Hillsboro for the summer.
Ros was born Kathleen Rosalind Kenna on 4 November 1945 in Sydney, Australia, to parents Richard and Margaret (Webb) Kenna. Ros was raised and attended schools in Sydney. She graduated from Fort Street Girls High School in 1962, and started nurses training at Western Suburbs Hospital. After a year, Ros returned to study her passion, biology, and enrolled for a BSc degree at Sydney University, majoring in microbiology.
On 18 December 1965, at age 20, Rosalind Kenna married John Blanche in Sydney. After earning her BSc degree, Ros worked in the Microbiology Unit at the Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney. Then in 1970, Ros began a new and rewarding career, raising three children, including a daughter, Bronwyn, and two sons, Timothy and Benjamin.
With her children in their teens, Ros returned to biology, earning a Honours Degree at the University of New England in Armidale in New South Wales, in 1988 as an external student. Ros went on to earn a PhD in Ecology in 1995 at Macquarie University in Sydney. John Blanche and Rosalind divorced in 1994. On 31 July 1996, Ros married Jack Ludwig in Hillsboro, and they made their home in Canberra, Australia, visiting family in Hillsboro in summers.
In 1997, Ros and Jack moved to Darwin in the Northern Territory, where they were employed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Ros also worked on a research project at Charles Darwin University in Darwin. In 2001, Ros was offered a job with the CSIRO research laboratory in Atherton, Queensland, so Ros and Jack moved to Atherton. They both retired from CSIRO in 2007 and since then have made their summer home on the Ludwig Family Farm in Bohnsack Township, rural Hillsboro.
Ros enjoyed her garden on the farm and loved to read and learn, joining book clubs and homemakers. She also loved to knit and had a keen interest in family history. In 2017 she travelled to explore family roots in Ireland and in Cornwall, England. For her family, Ros wrote two books about the lives of her parents, Richard and Margaret. For her grandchildren, Ros recently finished writing a children’s fantasy story book, “The Secrets of Nana’s Magic Travel Boxes”, which she illustrated with her own water-color paintings. Ros also worked on volunteer projects for the Traill County Historical Society, describing and indexing all the family histories currently available at the Plummer House in Hillsboro.
Ros is survived by her three children, Bronwyn (Jason) Van of Sydney, NSW, Timothy (Natalie) Blanche of Seattle, WA, and Benjamin (Bonnie) Blanche of Rylstone, NSW, and her step-children, Julie (Sean) McAfee of Albuquerque, NM, and Lizzi (Mike) Tomko of Phoenix, AZ. Ros is also survived by six grandchildren, Harrison Van, Cooper Van, Liam Blanche, Tess Blanche, Kirsten McAfee and Darren McAfee, and by her sister, Christine (Tony) Holmes of Port Macquarie, NSW, and by a first cousin of the same age, Jeff (Clair) Ruffels, of Sydney, who was like a twin brother to Ros. She was proceeded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at the Mountain View Chapel in Atherton, Queensland. Internment will be at a later date in the Bohnsack Cemetery, Traill County, ND.