She belonged to senior citizens groups in Wells Bridge, Unadilla and Sidney, and the United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford.
She was a resource for family history, passing along anecdotes and memories of the old days, of immigrants her parents had befriended, and of hard times and happy days in the Depression.
All her life she’d loved singing and dancing. She had a beautiful voice. She sang in her church choir until infirmity kept her from climbing to the choir loft. As a schoolgirl she was once put out of choir practice because her exuberant alto voice had led all the sopranos astray. Not being allowed to sing, she said, was the worst possible punishment.
She liked spending time with her friends in the Tri-Town area and corresponding with other friends across the country. Over the years she enjoyed fishing, vegetable gardening, card playing, bingo and visits to casinos.
Having learned to knit as a girl, she took pride in her knitting and crocheting, exhibiting her work at the Otsego County Fair, and making sweaters, blankets, lap robes, and other items to give as gifts. She especially enjoyed teaching others how to knit. Each year she crocheted colorful mittens for every child in the fourth grade class taught by her granddaughter, Kathy, and at the time of her death had finished 12 pairs of mittens for next year’s class.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by their beloved daughter, Virginia Louise; her sister, Wilhelmina (Siegert) Florey; and her brother, Paul Siegert.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Bechtold and Kim L’Heureux; her former daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Bechtold; four grandchildren, Katherine Bechtold, Krista (and Mark) Soss, Eric Bechtold (and fiancée Liwen Chen), and Matt and Annie Bechtold; three great-grandchildren, David Soss, Kaitlyn Soss, and Alyse Bechtold; a brother-in-law, Richard (and Graceann) Bechtold; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will gather for a memorial service, led by Pastor Patty Wolff at the United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
Louise had asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her memory to the United Presbyterian Church of East Guilford, P.O. Box 147, Sidney, NY 13838.
Funeral arrangements by Westcott Funeral Home, Unadilla.