Johanna, “Hanna” Ludwig Henderson passed away October 3, 2018 after courageously fighting multiple myeloma cancer for over 5 years. She was born Johanna Ludwig to parents Franz and Maria (Obst) Ludwig on May 5, 1939 in the small town of Durr Arndorf Germany. Hanna had one older sister, Gertrude. During WWII, their mother passed away when the girls were only 6 and 8. In 1956, Hanna and Gertrude decided to come to America, destination Helena, Montana, where a few of their Great Aunts and families lived. They were sponsored by Dr. Norman “Jeff” and Mrs. Joan Holter, to work as nannies for their young children. Hanna enjoyed being a nanny alongside her sister but when she turned 18 took on a career as a nurse’s aide and ultimately, care giver to many through the years, beginning at St. Pete’s. Hanna was working her shift at St Pete’s and eventually cared for a patient who had been seriously injured at the Helena Stampede in 1961. This charming young man was James “Jim” Henderson. They enjoyed each other’s company and after his release they continued along the path into a long term relationship. On March 31st, 1962, Jim and Hanna were married at
St Paul’s Methodist Church by Reverend George Harper being life time members of the church and forever best friends in their marriage of 56 years. Hanna graciously accepted her role as step mom to Jim’s children, Tom, Carol, Marilyn and Cindy.
Hanna’s kindness, compassion and attention to details have always been beyond measure. She also served up many delicious meals as a waitress, while in Anaconda and Opportunity working at famous spots such as Barclays, the Park Café & Gil’s.
They loved traveling together, visiting family in Germany, taking a few cruises and travel to Hawaii as well.
She never met an animal or bird she didn’t like. She saved food items to make sure those little sweethearts were fed and stayed healthy.
Preceding Hanna in death were her parents, sister, stepmom Gertrude Ludwig and granddaughter, Sheila Henderson.
Survivors include her husband Jim, 4 children, Tom (Ronna) Henderson, Carol (Gary) Reed, Marilyn (Dave) Bos and Cindy (Rick) Lindenberg all of Bozeman; 9 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren. There are also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank Dr. Weiner and all of the wonderful Oncology nurses both in the cancer center and hospital as well as St. Peters Hospice Staff. A very special thank you goes out to Bee Hive Homes #13 staff for their warm care and support during her stay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peters Health Hospice or to an animal support group of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date, per her wishes. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Hanna.