She was born to Joseph and Martha Mechavich on December 27, 1934, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. After high school, Louie became an X-ray Technician. While working, she met her future husband, Donald Westbrock, a Naval aviator . After a long-distance courtship and a convincing letter, she agreed to marry him in Madrid, Spain. They began their 64-year journey on August 17, 1957. They experienced a true Navy life by living in Rota, Spain, San Diego, San Francisco, & Monterey, California, Alexandria, Virginia, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Virginia Beach & Springfield, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida.
She was a remarkable wife to Don…as well as the Navy. There is a phrase in the military; "The toughest job in the Navy ... a Navy wife.". It's true. She experienced the stress and uncertainty of all military spouses when her husband and father of her children was deployed on 5 missions to Vietnam, the Pacific & Mediterranean Seas.
She had a passion for family, laughter, and friendships. She created a nurturing and active homelife in every community across the country. Throughout her life, she enjoyed playing tennis, golf, and cards. She was a passionate artist, and she was determined to exercise and/or take Zumba classes daily. In addition to Don, she loved Johnny Mathias & Sam Elliott.
Louie was a great mom to her three children, Donald "DJ" (Dinda), Katherine "Kate", and Christine "Chris" (Mike). She was also a loving GramJam to her eight grandchildren Joe, Jake, Ben, Jack, Sam, Sadie, Grayson, and Elliot. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and her brother, Joe. She is preceded in death by her parents, and siblings Sylvester, Josephine, Larry, and Delores.
A celebration of Louie's life will be held at 1:00 PM on September 17, 2021 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5129 South Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL, 32819. Thank you for considering a donation to a fund established for Louie at The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Please go to the link below.