Ludwig August Laurier Jr.

b. 7 March 1929, d. 28 October 2014

Lud & Margaret Laurier, 1995
  • Ludwig August Laurier Jr. was born on 7 March 1929 in Bergen County, New Jersey.
  • Ludwig August Laurier and Zenobia Loretta Mittag appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Park Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey, at Colony Avenue. Other members of the household included Ludwig August Laurier Jr., Eugene James Laurier and Lois Laurier.
  • The following appeared in a local newspaper, in December 1938: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Laurier, well-known residents of Upper Montvale, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon. The happy couple who have resided at Upper Montvale for the past 23 years, were married December 19, 1888, at Speier, in southwestern Germany. Both were born on the same day in the same town in which they also were married. They have two sons, Carl, well known pianist, and Ludwig. Mr. Laurier is also related to Sir Wilfred Laurier, one time Premier of Canada.
         Before coming to this section Mr. Laurier was engaged in the drug store business in Niagara Falls, and was for more than 16 years general manager of the New York office of Colgate & Co., perfumers.
         More than 50 relatives, friends and neighbors called at the home Sunday afternoon and evening and extended their congratulations and best wishes, and the honored couple received many beautiful flowers, handsome gifts, and anniversary cards.
         An informal musical program was presented, the guest artist being Mr. Ludwig Laurier, former concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera House orchestra and conductor of the favorite hour known as the "Slumber Hour" on WJZ a few years ago. Mr. Laurier, a brother of the honored groom, accompanied by Carl Laurier, his nephew, who is also well-known in musical activities, gave a masterly rendition of the the Max Bruch Concerto No. 1, and as a special gift for the bride and groom splendidly played "La Cinquintain" by Gabriel-Marie.
         Frederick Loescher, well known county tenor and director, sang several operatic and concert selections by Schubert and Verdi, and scored with the singing of Jacques Wolfe's "Shortenin' Bread". Later in the evening Mr. Loescher also gave several comic recitations.
         Among the guests present were Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Laurier of New York, Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Laurier, daughter Lois, and sons, Eugene and Ludwig, Jr., of Park Ridge; Carl Laurier and son, Carl, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Price, Mr. and Mrs. Norman C. Cooper, and John R. Foxlee, all of Montvale; Mrs. Bertha C. Forbes of Pearl River, Frank P. Schwalm, Mrs. Clara S. Loughrey and Miss Ethel Schwalm of New City; Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Turse and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dick of Park Ridge; Frederick Leoscher, of Pearl River; Mrs. John Carlock and daughter, Mrs. Arthur Krausse, Mr. and Mrs. James S. Mittag and daughter, Barbara, and son, James. Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Irving Mittag and son, James, and daughter, Maryllyn, all of Ridgewood, N. J.
         The party broke up at an early hour with all wishing the happy couple many more years of married happiness.
  • Ludwig August Laurier and Zenobia Loretta Mittag appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Park Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey, at 49 Colony Avenue. Other members of the household included Ludwig August Laurier Jr., Lois Laurier and Eugene James Laurier.
  • About 1949, cousins Lud Laurier and Marilyn Mittag served as models for a technical article about synthetic detergents -- pictured washing dishes in sea water.
  • Lud and Margaret Laurier celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a large and lively party at the Seneca Castle Fire Hall on 26 August 2000, with many family members and friends in attendance.
  • Ludwig August Laurier Jr. died on 28 October 2014 at age 85 in Clifton Springs, Ontario County, New York, at his residence.
  • The following appeared on 2 November 2014 in the Finger Lakes Times: (Clifton Springs) Ludwig A. Laurier Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Clifton Springs with his family by his side on Tuesday (October 28, 2014).
         Friends may call Saturday (November 8) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Patrick Funeral Home, 26 West Main Street, Clifton Springs. Funeral services will immediately follow 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.
         Contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity in Lud's memory.
         Lud was born March 17, 1929 in Hackensack, N.J., the son of the late Ludwig Sr. and Zenobia Mittag Laurier. Lud grew up in Park Ridge, N.J. After graduating high school he attended Ohio University. Lud married Margaret Kuchar August 27, 1950, a marriage of 64 years. In 1963 Lud and his family moved to Walton, N.Y., where Lud worked in electrical, plumbing, and heating trades. Meanwhile he completed his BA degree through Excelsior College then he taught the trades for many years at Delaware - Chenango BOCES. After retiring and moving to Phelps in 1993, Lud worked as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and helped construct several homes.
         Lud is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Daniel (Lib) Laurier of South Carolina, Keith (Alison) Laurier of Canadice, and Sue Ann (Frank) Fisher of Waterloo; grandsons, Christian, Alex, James and Ian Fisher all of Waterloo.
  • Last Edited: 4 Mar 2016