First Presbyterian Church
1605 Genesee St
Utica, NY 13501
On Monday, February 10, 2020, Hilda Morgan exchanged an old rugged cross for a crown.
She was born June 2, 1925, in Camden, NJ, daughter of the late Robert Alexander Traae and Lena Perfinski Traae. Hilda married Donald Robert Morgan on December 21, 1943 in Binghamton, NY. He pre-deceased her in 1997.
Hilda was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Utica, and her spiritual relationship with God motivated all aspects of her life. She was also active with the Utica Rescue Mission Ladies Auxiliary, the Sons of Norway, the Scandinavian Club, and Compeer. She had a passion for learning and in later years took college art classes and writing classes. She was an avid Scrabble player, and very few could beat her when she was in her prime. Hilda loved music and going to “The City” to see musicals. First and foremost she was a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and deeply loved her family.
Hilda is survived by her children, Kathryn (George) von Rautenfeld of Takoma Park, MD, Jeannine (Charles) Grossman of New Hartford, and Joanne (Elijah) Gustus of Liverpool, NY; her daughter-in-law Lily Morgan of Layton, UT; her grandchildren Eric (Julie) Morgan and Linda (Peter) Jurkic all of UT, Tara Litz of Sauquoit, Dale (Kari) Litz of Deerfield, Ashley Chamberlain of Sauquoit and Hannah von Rautenfeld of Upper Marlboro, MD; her great grandchildren, Orion, Giovanni, Kobey, Neveah, Arianna, Alanna, Danniella, Madelynn, Aria, Nikolai and Noah. She is also survived by a dear friend, Tyrone Chao and his family. She was pre-deceased by her son Jon on September 21, 2019 and brother Robert Alexander Traae, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00 Noon at First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee Street, Utica. Visitation will be from 11-12 prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to First Presbyterian Church of Utica or perform a random act of kindness in her memory.
Arrangements are with Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford.