Annette Lewis Seidel, 85, of Frederick County, Va., died Sunday, March 17, 2013, in her home.
Mrs. Seidel was born in 1927, in Gallipolis, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles C. and Ann Lewis. She was a graduate of Goucher College receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. She and her husband, John, a Foreign Service Officer, served in American Embassies in Cairo, Karachi, Islamabad, Beirut, Teheran and Paris from 1960-1985. While in Iran she served on the Board of Trustees of the Teheran American School (1975-1977). In Paris Mrs. Seidel was Co-chair of the Embassy’s Family Liaison Program (1983-1984). After retiring from the Foreign Service she and her husband were Co-chairs of the Friends of Oatlands, a National Trust historic plantation near Leesburg, Virginia, serving from 1990-1994.
Mrs. Seidel was a homemaker and a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester, Virginia. She was a past member of the Garden Study Club of Loudoun County.
She was a direct descendant of both Colonels Andrew Lewis and Charles Lewis, commanding officers of the Battle of Point Pleasant, fought here on October 10, 1774. Her father, Charles C. Lewis, was president and chairman of the board of Cotizen’s Narional Bank for 35 years and Annette worked at the Mai branch after her college graduation.
She married John Jacob Seidel, Jr. on May 27, 1950, in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. During some of their extended stays at Oldtown Farm their children attended Ordnance Elementary School.
Surviving with her husband are her children, John L. Seidel of Chestertown, Md., Charles B. Seidel of Syracuse, N.Y., Anne S. Overington of Fredericksburg, Va.; and eight grandchildren.
Two sisters, Margaret L. Lewis, Virginia L. Harper, and two brothers, Charles C. Lewis, Jr., and William N. Lewis, preceded her in death.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church with Reverend Dr. James H. Utt and Reverend Martha Miller-Sims officiating. Family will receive friends from 10 a..m. until the time of the service at the church. Private interment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 West Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
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