LaPorte City Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow dies

Mark Krentz is sworn in as mayor by LaPorte Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow at the mayoral caucus election in August 2017.

Former Mayor Blair Milo posted this photo of Ludlow and herself celebrating election victories.

Longtime LaPorte Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow has passed away after a long illness, city officials are reporting. She died Sept. 30, 2018.

Ludlow was in the midst of serving her fifth consecutive 4-year term as clerk-treasurer. In the most recent municipal election in 2015 she was unopposed. She was appointed clerk-treasurer in August 1998 by a Republican caucus charged with filling the unfinished term of Connie Rahfeldt. Ludlow was elected to a full term in 1999, then re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015.

“It is with heavy hearts that our department grieves the passing of longtime Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow,” the LaPorte Park and Recreation Department posted on its Facebook site. “As a public servant, Teresa was a dedicated, talented and inspirational leader, keeping the city afloat through difficult financial times, and her loss leaves a tremendous void. She always saw herself as part of a team effort, joining with elected officials, department heads and staff to find ways to make life better for our entire community. Even more, Teresa was a friend to all and her keen wit and infectious laughter will be missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Teresa’s family and friends during this sad time.”

Former Mayor Blair Milo also posted thoughts about Ludlow: “It’s hard to put into words all that Teresa Ludlow was to so many people. Even referencing her in past tense is its own challenge. As I think to times I would describe Teresa to those who didn’t know her, I’d say, ‘Teresa is crazy and I absolutely adore her!’ As clerk-treasurer, Teresa selflessly served in a role that was unimaginably complex with little opportunities for others to fully appreciate her talent. LaPorte was so blessed to be the beneficiary of her skills. Municipal finance is not a field most sane people are willing to step into as it involves tremendous attention to detail on a wide array of subjects, an ability to constantly adapt to new requirements, a talent for predicting economic impacts, the patience to consistently engage with a wide variety of opinions, and all in the microscope of the public eye. Teresa did all of that, oftentimes with a healthy dose of sarcasm and a cackling laugh, because she had a passion for serving others. I don’t know that LaPorte would have been able to weather its financial challenges without Teresa and her team for their impressive, almost magical, service in sorting through those exceedingly difficult days. Our community will always owe our gratitude to Teresa for her innovation, patience, tenacity and service.

“Teresa could be equally exasperating and hilarious in the same meeting, but her commitment to service and others were always evident,” Milo continued. “Teresa was crazy fun; bringing laughter, expertise and perspective to the most frustrating or mundane of meetings. Teresa was crazy-committed to LaPorte and ensuring its financial health despite unpredictable challenges. Teresa loved her family and friends like crazy, and would do/often did anything for them/us. I’m so thankful she can be at peace after a hard fought battle, and watch over us with her unmatched sense of humor. We will miss her like crazy, but her legacy will live on through the friends and family whose lives she made so much richer, and through the community she loved and served so well.”

Service information is available at www.haverstockfuneralhome.com.

7 Responses to “LaPorte City Clerk-Treasurer Teresa Ludlow dies”

  1. Mike Kellems

    Oct 01. 2018

    The comments from Blair Milo are spot on… La Porte was fortunate to have Teresa at the helm in the Clerk’s office for so long. She did indeed have an infectious laugh, enjoyed her friends immensely and was a force of nature.

    God bless her memory!

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  2. Phyllis doty

    Oct 01. 2018

    thank you LaPorte friends of Teresa she is my Niece I KNOW that infectious laugh well…I will Miss her So much ..

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  3. Geary

    Oct 01. 2018

    I lived close to, grew up with and graduated with Teresa. She was always upbeat and I remember almost always having a smile on her face. We’ve all lost a friend; and, we are all better for having had her in our lives. Rest In Peace Teresa. Love you and will miss you.

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  4. Terry Scherer

    Oct 02. 2018

    I am so sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. She helped me not only professionally(as a city councilman and later as the police chief) but she was very supportive of our family when our daughter was hospitalized. She was an amazing woman. I know she struggled a lot in her last years and now may the Lord grant her rest and comfort to all of us who mourn her loss.

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  5. Tina Parker

    Oct 02. 2018

    I’m so very sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. I played volleyball with her years ago. Teresa was so much fun.

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  6. Terry garner

    Oct 02. 2018

    Teresa was always a dear friend,. She helped my wife Susie with her own dealings with cancer before she passed away giving her comfort while dealing with her own.

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