LOUISE R. SEISMANN
Louise R. Seismann, 102, of Craigsville, WV passed away at
the Hidden Valley Nursing Home in Oak Hill on Thursday,
November 16, 2017. Born October 5, 1915 in Brooklyn, NY, she
was the daughter of the late John and Louisa Dietrich Reynolds.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Edward Payne
and Christian Seismann; brothers, John and Frank Reynolds;
sisters, Grace Reynolds and Madeline Solan.
Louise was devoted to her family. After her retirement she
moved to WV to be near her daughter and grandchildren. She
loved to tell stories about growing up in New York. One of her
earliest memories was waving a flag at the parade on Broadway
welcoming her Uncle Henry and the other “doughboys” home
from World War I in 1919. She always conducted herself as a
lady, both in her dress and her demeanor, but she had a ready wit
and always had an appropriate comment to fit every occasion.
She enjoyed doing puzzles, especially the NY Times crosswords
which she considered a challenge. She was interested in politics
and voted in every election, providing the family with some very
interesting discussions. She loved animals, especially her cat.
Louise was an amazing woman. After the death of her
mother, when she was only eight, she and her sister and two
brothers were placed in an orphanage because her father couldn’t
take care of four young children by himself. She studied as a
baby nurse and eventually got a job in Manhattan at Western
Electric on 30 Church Street, the site of the future World Trade
Center. In the late summer of 1947 she lost her voice due to
cancer. While she was still recuperating, her beloved husband
Christian died of a heart attack on Thanksgiving Day. She
managed to teach herself how to speak and retired in 1980. She
has been an inspiration to all who knew her.
Survivors include her daughter, Madeline Payne Crowder of
Summersville; grandchildren, Garner Crowder of Summersville,
Laura Crowder of St. Albans, Cynthia Lough of Summersville,
Robert Crowder of Tioga, Amanda LaRochelle of Brandon, MS,
Amelia Mullins of Hillsboro, Jessica Crowder of Tioga; great
grandchildren, Christopher Crowder of Birmingham, AL, Lance
Dickson of Charleston, Robert Mullins of Ravenswood, Dustin
Lough of Richwood, Kerston Lough of Lakewood, CO, James
Mullins of Morgantown, Sarah Brown of Goodman, MS, Matthew
LaRochelle of Starkville, MS, Lanna Lough of Morgantown,
Zachary Keaton, Robert and Aubryee Crowder of Tioga, Arianna
Crowder and Emma Butler of Craigsville; great grandson, Mason
Brown of Goodman, MS.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday,
November 20, 2017 in the WV Memorial Gardens Mausoleum
Chapel at Calvin with Pastor David Sommerville officiating.
Interment will follow under the direction of the White Funeral
Home at Summersville.
There will be no visitation.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.