Our Staff

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Rick Ludwig Owner/Manager

Rick grew up in Aldershot and has been a resident of Waterdown since 1993.  He is a graduate of McMaster University and Humber College.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 1994 and owner of the Funeral Home since 2004.  He lives in the resident apartment above the funeral home with his wife Denise, and their children, Danielle, Matthew and Jilliann.  He is a Past President of the Ontario Funeral Service Association and of The Rotary Club of Waterdown, and a Past Chairman of the Canadian Christian Business Federation and is a member of Rehoboth Canadian Reformed Church.

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Greg Luxon Funeral Director

Greg is a longtime resident of Flamborough, raised in Millgrove.  While a student at Waterdown District High School he did a 6 month co-op with Ron, Keith and Rick (then Kitching-Steepe Funeral home) where he developed an interest in Funeral Service.  He is a graduate of Humber College and received his Funeral Directors License in August of 2005 while working with Turner & Porter Funeral Directors in Toronto.  He was happy to accept an offer from Rick to join Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig in January of 2006 and return to serve his hometown.  Greg currently resides in Waterdown. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flamborough A.M. and a volunteer member of the Millgrove Cemetery Board.

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Garnet van Popta Funeral Director

Garnet lives in Waterdown with his wife Rachelle, and he was raised nearby in Ancaster. He is a graduate of both the University of Ottawa and Humber College, where he took the Funeral Service program.  He is a member of Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church in Aldershot, and has been actively involved in leading programs for youth. He has been with Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig since 2011, and became a licensed funeral director in Summer 2012. Garnet is enthusiastic about his involvement on the Steering Committee of the YFC Youth Centre here in Waterdown. Ask him about it some time! He and his wife Rachelle were married in June 2015.

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Diane Vanderwoude Funeral Director

Diane was born in Aldershot and raised in Hamilton.  Ever since a young age Diane aspired to be a Funeral Director and after completing the Funeral Service Program at Humber College, she received her license in 2005. Diane gained experience in Hamilton and Burlington over the past ten years, before joining the team at Kitching Steepe & Ludwig in October, 2014. A proud Hamiltonian, Diane is a member of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, and is a volunteer with the Good Shepherd Centres.

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Keith Waller Funeral Director

Keith was born and raised in Strabane, where he has lived most of his life.  He is a graduate of Guelph University and Humber College.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 1972 and has worked in Waterdown for over 30 years.  Keith is a long time volunteer member and treasurer of the Strabane Cemetery Board as well as a member of Strabane United Church.

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Ron Steepe Funeral Director

Ron was born and raised in Clinton and has lived in Waterdown since the early 1960s.  He formerly owned the Funeral Home with his wife Eleanor for over 40 years, before it was purchased by the Ludwigs.  Ron enjoys semi-retirement at his home in Waterdown, is a long time member of St. James United Church where he participates in the choir, is a Past President of the Waterdown Lion's Club, and currently serves as a volunteer with the Halton Police Services.  Ron has the distinction of being a licensed funeral director for over 50 years, a graduate of the Canadian School of Embalming.  He was honoured by the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the community.

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The Late Henry Sieders Funeral Director

Henry was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years, during which time he also owned and managed his own funeral home.  He was a long time resident of Burlington, where he also lived with his wife Grace. Henry passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in his 70th year. He will be greatly missed. 

To find his obituary, please follow this link. 

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Denise Baynton Family Care and Bereavement Counsellor

Denise is a resident of Waterdown with her husband Cam, and daughters Cassandra and April.  She is an honours graduate of the Mohawk College Bereavement Program, and is a trained Funeral Celebrant.  Since 2004 she has been employed with Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home, where she is passionate about journeying with those navigating the Pathway to Healing. As part of her position, she runs a 10- week Caring for You Support Group, Suicide Group, Perinatal Group, Monthly Drop-in Sessions,  Pet loss support, and Individual Counselling. Denise also runs yearly community events such as a Handling the Holidays Memorial Service as well as grief seminars.

Denise has completed numerous training programs and seminars in the area of grief counselling, such as Death Notification by MADD, Safe Talk, Traumatic Loss, and Complicated Mourning, and has been honoured with a Death & Grief Studies Certificate by respected author and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Her Facilitator Training Program was completed with TV host and international bereavement speaker Dr. Bill Webster. She is a member of Bereavement Ontario Network and the Bereavement Resource Council. Along with her counselling position she is also the Family Care Counsellor for the Funeral Home, aiding people in the multitude of tasks and paper work associated with closing the Estate of a deceased person.

In addition to her work with the funeral home, Denise is also a long-time Mary Kay representative in the Waterdown area and volunteered with the "Look Good, Feel Better" cancer assistance program, both of which allowing her to use her skills and empathy to help people in her community. 

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Denise Vanderlugt Funeral Assistant

Denise grew up in Waterdown, and lives in Aldershot with her husband Len and their sons, Aaron, Duane and Mark.  She has completed her studies in Bereavement Support at Mohawk College. Denise attends Bethel Christian Reformed Church, where she serves as a deacon. She is a volunteer at the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington.

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Fred Gray Funeral Assistant

Fred was born and raised in Carlisle. He and his wife, Marilyn (Zimmerman), reside in his parents' home built by his father in 1950. He is a graduate of the Ontario Agriculture College and spent the majority of his working career in agriculture (John Deere). Fred is a longtime member of Carlisle United Church and currently serves on the Trustees Committee. Following retirement, he volunteered for 10 years in Palliative Care at Joseph Brant Hospital before joining Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig as a Funeral Assistant. Fred enjoys NFL football and spending time at the family cottage in Muskoka.

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Michael Neill Funeral Assistant

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Albert Vanderzwaag Funeral Assistant

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Eleanor Steepe Reception Hostess

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Lee Kreuger Reception Hostess

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Marian Bell Reception Hostess

Rick Ludwig

Owner/Manager
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Rick grew up in Aldershot and has been a resident of Waterdown since 1993.  He is a graduate of McMaster University and Humber College.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 1994 and owner of the Funeral Home since 2004.  He lives in the resident apartment above the funeral home with his wife Denise, and their children, Danielle, Matthew and Jilliann.  He is a Past President of the Ontario Funeral Service Association and of The Rotary Club of Waterdown, and a Past Chairman of the Canadian Christian Business Federation and is a member of Rehoboth Canadian Reformed Church.

Greg Luxon

Funeral Director
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Greg is a longtime resident of Flamborough, raised in Millgrove.  While a student at Waterdown District High School he did a 6 month co-op with Ron, Keith and Rick (then Kitching-Steepe Funeral home) where he developed an interest in Funeral Service.  He is a graduate of Humber College and received his Funeral Directors License in August of 2005 while working with Turner & Porter Funeral Directors in Toronto.  He was happy to accept an offer from Rick to join Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig in January of 2006 and return to serve his hometown.  Greg currently resides in Waterdown. He is Past President of the Rotary Club of Flamborough A.M. and a volunteer member of the Millgrove Cemetery Board.

Garnet van Popta

Funeral Director
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Garnet lives in Waterdown with his wife Rachelle, and he was raised nearby in Ancaster. He is a graduate of both the University of Ottawa and Humber College, where he took the Funeral Service program.  He is a member of Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church in Aldershot, and has been actively involved in leading programs for youth. He has been with Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig since 2011, and became a licensed funeral director in Summer 2012. Garnet is enthusiastic about his involvement on the Steering Committee of the YFC Youth Centre here in Waterdown. Ask him about it some time! He and his wife Rachelle were married in June 2015.

Diane Vanderwoude

Funeral Director
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Diane was born in Aldershot and raised in Hamilton.  Ever since a young age Diane aspired to be a Funeral Director and after completing the Funeral Service Program at Humber College, she received her license in 2005. Diane gained experience in Hamilton and Burlington over the past ten years, before joining the team at Kitching Steepe & Ludwig in October, 2014. A proud Hamiltonian, Diane is a member of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church, and is a volunteer with the Good Shepherd Centres.

Keith Waller

Funeral Director
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Keith was born and raised in Strabane, where he has lived most of his life.  He is a graduate of Guelph University and Humber College.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 1972 and has worked in Waterdown for over 30 years.  Keith is a long time volunteer member and treasurer of the Strabane Cemetery Board as well as a member of Strabane United Church.

Ron Steepe

Funeral Director
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Ron was born and raised in Clinton and has lived in Waterdown since the early 1960s.  He formerly owned the Funeral Home with his wife Eleanor for over 40 years, before it was purchased by the Ludwigs.  Ron enjoys semi-retirement at his home in Waterdown, is a long time member of St. James United Church where he participates in the choir, is a Past President of the Waterdown Lion's Club, and currently serves as a volunteer with the Halton Police Services.  Ron has the distinction of being a licensed funeral director for over 50 years, a graduate of the Canadian School of Embalming.  He was honoured by the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the community.

The Late Henry Sieders

Funeral Director
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Henry was a licensed funeral director for over 40 years, during which time he also owned and managed his own funeral home.  He was a long time resident of Burlington, where he also lived with his wife Grace. Henry passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in his 70th year. He will be greatly missed. 

To find his obituary, please follow this link. 

Denise Baynton

Family Care and Bereavement Counsellor
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Denise is a resident of Waterdown with her husband Cam, and daughters Cassandra and April.  She is an honours graduate of the Mohawk College Bereavement Program, and is a trained Funeral Celebrant.  Since 2004 she has been employed with Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home, where she is passionate about journeying with those navigating the Pathway to Healing. As part of her position, she runs a 10- week Caring for You Support Group, Suicide Group, Perinatal Group, Monthly Drop-in Sessions,  Pet loss support, and Individual Counselling. Denise also runs yearly community events such as a Handling the Holidays Memorial Service as well as grief seminars.

Denise has completed numerous training programs and seminars in the area of grief counselling, such as Death Notification by MADD, Safe Talk, Traumatic Loss, and Complicated Mourning, and has been honoured with a Death & Grief Studies Certificate by respected author and educator Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Her Facilitator Training Program was completed with TV host and international bereavement speaker Dr. Bill Webster. She is a member of Bereavement Ontario Network and the Bereavement Resource Council. Along with her counselling position she is also the Family Care Counsellor for the Funeral Home, aiding people in the multitude of tasks and paper work associated with closing the Estate of a deceased person.

In addition to her work with the funeral home, Denise is also a long-time Mary Kay representative in the Waterdown area and volunteered with the "Look Good, Feel Better" cancer assistance program, both of which allowing her to use her skills and empathy to help people in her community. 

Denise Vanderlugt

Funeral Assistant
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Denise grew up in Waterdown, and lives in Aldershot with her husband Len and their sons, Aaron, Duane and Mark.  She has completed her studies in Bereavement Support at Mohawk College. Denise attends Bethel Christian Reformed Church, where she serves as a deacon. She is a volunteer at the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington.

Fred Gray

Funeral Assistant
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Fred was born and raised in Carlisle. He and his wife, Marilyn (Zimmerman), reside in his parents' home built by his father in 1950. He is a graduate of the Ontario Agriculture College and spent the majority of his working career in agriculture (John Deere). Fred is a longtime member of Carlisle United Church and currently serves on the Trustees Committee. Following retirement, he volunteered for 10 years in Palliative Care at Joseph Brant Hospital before joining Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig as a Funeral Assistant. Fred enjoys NFL football and spending time at the family cottage in Muskoka.

Michael Neill

Funeral Assistant
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Albert Vanderzwaag

Funeral Assistant
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Eleanor Steepe

Reception Hostess
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Lee Kreuger

Reception Hostess
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Marian Bell

Reception Hostess
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