Louisa Zimmerman Smyth

July 30, 2022


Louisa Zimmerman Smyth, 81, of Fox Chapel and Verona, PA, passed away on July 30, 2022.


Born November 3, 1940, she was the youngest child and only daughter of Jane Slaymaker Zimmerman and John Galt Zimmerman. She attended The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA, The Masters School at Dobbs Ferry, NY, and Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA, prior to studying at Sorbonne Universite in Paris, France and the Interpreters School at L’Universite de Geneve in Geneva, Switzerland. She enjoyed living and working in Europe for several years before returning to the US.


She was married for over 30 years to D. Grahame Smyth, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her eldest brother, John Galt Zimmerman, Jr. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Anne Smyth Renfrow and Seadon Renfrow and their children, of Boulder, CO. Also surviving are her brother and his wife, William and Michele Zimmerman of Amherst, MA, and sister-in-law Margaret Zimmerman of Sewickley, PA, and their children and grandchildren.


Louisa had a wonderful and enduring marriage to Grahame. Together they enjoyed many cultural events in literature, theater, and music, particularly the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. They also had a love of outdoor activities that connected them with nature, and they had a special fondness for their many birds and their dogs, Misty, Samson, and Meg. Louisa’s marriage was one of the greatest pleasures in her life. She also thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren.


Louisa was a longtime member of the Colonial Dames of North America, the Pittsburgh Golf Club, and the Hamilton Club of Lancaster. She was a friend to many and will be greatly missed.


Arrangements by John A. Freyvogel Sons, Inc. ( A memorial reception for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, August 3, at 1pm at Longwood at Oakmont, Verona, PA.



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August 3, 2022

1:00 PM
Longwood at Oakmont
500 Route 909
Verona, PA 15147

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