Julie T. Ludka

Julie T. Ludka, S. Abington Twp, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Sunday morning in the Allied Services Hospice Center after a courageous and hard-fought battle with breast cancer.  Her devoted husband of 17 years is Michael Ludka.

Born August 21, 1975, in Scranton, she was the daughter of Val and Julie Revta Larioni of Jefferson Twp. and was a 1993 graduate of North Pocono High School.  She went on to earn both her Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton.   Julie was a well-respected, knowledgeable, and caring physical therapist in the greater Scranton area for nearly 25 years.   She worked at Mercy Hospital, Caregivers of America, and was currently employed by Compass Home Health.  She was a member of the Church of St Gregory.

Julie’s greatest joy and purpose came from being a mother and a wife. She lived to create a loving home for her children and loved supporting them in their many activities and accomplishments. As long as she was with her children, she was happy, and their contentment was her priority. She was also a devoted wife who was never far from her husband’s side. Family was simply her passion.

Also surviving are the lights of her life, daughters Maeve and Celia Ludka; her beloved sister and best friend Chrissy Ludka and her husband Thomas of Jefferson Township; her father and mother-in-law Thomas and Joan Ludka of Florida.

She was preceded in death by paternal and maternal grandparents.

The family would like to offer their sincere thanks to the caring doctors, nurses, and staff at Geisinger CMC, Hematology and Oncology of NEPA, and Allied Hospice. Also, a special thanks to the family, friends and colleagues that have generously supported her fight over the past year.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11am in the Church of St. Gregory 330 N. Abington Road Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Friends may call Friday morning from9:30am to 10:50am in the church.

Interment, private and at the convenience of the family.

The celebration of Julie’s Life will continue Friday evening from 5-10pm at the family home.  Please dress casually.

       The Ludka Family Home

508 Old Colony Road

South Abington Township, PA 18411

In lieu of flowers the family encourages and requests memorial contributions in Julie’s memory and honor be made to Allied Services Hospice Center 511 Morgan Highway Scranton, PA 18508

To share a fond memory or to express your sincere condolences to Julie’s family please visit www.vanstonandjames.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton. 


  1. Laura Kozel

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending love from Binghamton
    ❤️ the Kozel family

  2. Alicen

    Run with the angels. You’re free! You will always hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Ariane Conaboy

    Sending thoughts and prayers and big hugs your way. To be privileged to know Julie was a gift and please know we are thinking of you and praying for you all.

  4. Erica deFreitas

    Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers to Julie’s family. We will praying for your strength during this difficult time.
    Julie always had a heart of gold and I will always remember our times at dance/dance competition with our girls. She will forever be in our hearts. The deFreitas family..

  5. Judy Senker

    We’re so sorry for loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult and sad time.
    Judy and Rich Senker

  6. Bryan Harrison

    Mike and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and mother of your children. May your cherished memories help you all during this difficult part of life. My prayers are with you.

  7. CAROL

    My heart is breaking for all of you. I will never forget the first time I met her when she interviewed me to watch Maeve.I have so many memories that are dear to my heart.Love you all.

  8. Sande Kiesel Strony

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  9. Trish Slusarczyk

    I am so sorry for your loss. Julie was a wonderful and compassionate person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Heather Nicastro

    Growing up, your house was the only place I would have a sleepover. I will never forget the countless hours we spent singing ABBA, rubbing backs in a row with our sisters, playing Plinko in your garage, family vacations, college hang outs,… you’ve played such a big part in my life! And I’m grateful for that. I’ll miss your beautiful smile – it was so big it hid your eyes! I’ll never forget you! Rest in peace, my beautiful friend.

    My deepest condolences and love to Julie, Val, Chrissy, Michael and those beautiful girls. XO

  11. Jill Carrick

    I feel blessed to have known Julie even for a short time but wish it were so much longer. She was a shining star spreading God’s love in the world. Deepest sympathy, love, and prayers are with your entire family.

  12. Nancy Baranowski

    So sorry for your loss.

  13. Julie, you will be so missed at our work place.
    Our residents loved you, as did the staff. I will be praying hard for peace for your family. We celebrate you and everything you stood for!

  14. Janine Starinsky

    My deepest condolences to the Ludwick family during this difficult time. Julie’s kindness, advocacy, and unwavering support for those in need will always be remembered. Her loving words about her family reflected her beautiful soul. She and her sister, Chrissy formed an exceptional professional team, leaving a lasting impact on those they helped. May her memory bring you comfort and strength.

  15. Ryan Smith

    So very sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences and love to the Larioni and Ludka families.

  16. Susan T. Godek

    To the Ludka families, the Larioni family- my deepest sympathy to all of you. I remember so well that beautiful smile , the fun with school activities, skiing get togethers. She is a bright star. Few words will help. Such sadness is hard to imagine. Susan Godek

  17. Cindy Walsh

    It was an honor and privilege to know you. We will all miss your beautiful smile and watching you light up when speaking of your girls and husband. Your entire family is in my heart and prayers in this most challenging and sad times. I now you will watching our residents at EG

    Love and miss you ????

  18. Cindy Walsh

    It was an honor and privilege to know you. We will all miss your beautiful smile and watching you light up when speaking of your girls and husband. Your entire family is in my heart and prayers in this most challenging and sad times. I now you will watching our residents at EG

    Love and miss you ????

  19. Mary Lou Jenkins

    Tom and Joanie, so sad to see the passing of your lovely daughter-in-law. My condolences to Michael and the whole family.

  20. Dana Prommel Strauss

    Julie was the embodiment of what I think we all want to be able to look back and say–she made people feel good by being around her. I think of her and I feel good. I am devastated to have lost touch for too many years and can’t make up for that, but she lives in my heart. Julie was loving, authentic, selfless, strong, warm, and she loved those lucky enough to be part of her life just for who they were. That’s such a gift to the world. She has an incredible family that will hold and pay forward the beauty of who she was in perpetuity. You will be terribly missed, my dear friend.

  21. Judy Cutler

    I was pleased to know Julie not only as my therapist after an injury but also as a colleague. I am saddened to hear of her passing. Prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

  22. Elizabeth Powell

    My heartfelt sympathy to Julie’s family.

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