Louise Lydecker Gregg

Louise Lydecker Gregg, 97, of Pinellas Park, Florida, crossed over on Dec. 10, 2020 to be with those who departed before her.

Born on Nov. 5, 1923, in Maywood, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Dorothy Fisher Lydecker and Col. Leigh Kent Lydecker.

She graduated from Bogota High School in 1942 and went on to study at Goucher College. She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and graduated with a degree in history in 1946.

Louise became interested in William Kirker Gregg while commuting into New York City, although their families knew each other over the years. They were married on June 28, 1947 in Hackensack, New Jersey. Together they raised four children: Susan, Judy, Janet and Dorothy.

After getting married, they moved to Belgium to work for the family business, The Gregg Company, Ltd. Their first three daughters were born in Belgium. Louise was co-founder of the American Women’s Club in Brussels.

After living in Belgium for eight years, they moved to Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. She was a Sunday school teacher, Girl Scout leader, PTA president, French teacher and involved in numerous charitable organizations including the Hermitage Museum, Youth Consultation Service and French club.

In retirement, Louise and Bill moved to their vacation home in her beloved Adirondacks in Keene Valley. Here Louise continued to be generous with her time with various organizations and always wanted to make the world a better place for future generations. She volunteered with the Keene Planning board and was a 30 year volunteer at the Keene Valley Public Library in the archives, specializing in genealogy and cemeteries.

Survivors include daughters, Susan Gregg, Juliette (Richard) Latimer, Janet (Daniel) DeBiasio and Dorothy (John) Jensen; four grandchildren, Stephanie DeBiasio, Jessica DeBiasio (Ethan Joseph), Robert Jensen and William Jensen; one great-grandson, Atteo Joseph; brothers Leigh (Jane) Lydecker Jr. and Gerrit V. Lydecker; sister Katharine L. Lowe; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband William Kirker Gregg, brother William J. F. Lydecker, brother-in-law Alfred H. Lowe, sister-in-la, Brenda O’Brien Lydecker and niece Louise Lowe.

In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity will be appreciated. Some of Louise’s favorite charities were Keene Valley Library (https://www.keenevalleylibrary.org), Keene Valley Congregational Church (https://www.kvccny.com), The Wild Center of Tupper Lake (https://www.wildcenter.org) and the Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus (http://thehermitage.org).

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 11 at the Keene Valley Congregational Church in Keene Valley. People can also view the live service online via zoom.com with meeting ID: 879 6299 4399 and password: 435822.