The Evansville Courier, January 29, 1955

Mrs. Alda M. Honig, 69, Dies of Heart Ailment

Mrs. Alda McCoy Honig, 69-year-old pianist, and music teacher and wife of the Tri-State's most prominent sculptor, died at 8:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Hospital

Mrs. Honig had been in the hospital since Dec. 21. Her death was due to a heart condition.

An accomplished pianist, Mrs. Honig studied in Vienna for several years and had taught piano in Evansville and Rockport since 1918.

Her last studio was in her home at 116 E. Powell Ave. She retired about two years ago.

Born near Richland, Mrs. Honig was a descendant of a pioneer family. She began studying piano in her childhood. When she was 13 she entered DePauw University as a music student.

At the age of 16 she went to London to meet Mme. Mauguerite Lisziewska, and assistant to Leschetizky, one of the most famous piano teachers of that time.

Mrs. Honig was taken to Vienna for an audition before Lieschetizky. She studied there for two years, but was forced to return home by the illness and death of her father.

Mrs. Honig taught music at DePauw until 1917 when she married Honig and they moved to New York City.

Waldorf Recital

There Mrs. Honig was presented at a recital at the Waldorf Hotel by Belle Dunigan, a native of Rockport, an opera singer and a director of the New York Philharmonic Choral Society.

A year later Honig's work brought him and his wife back to Evansville. Mrs. Honig opened her studio here. Among her students was Mrs. Shirley Lang Snethen, soloist at many concerts here.

Mrs. Honig was active in the Evansville Musicians Club during the 1920's and was founder of the Leschetizky Piano Club.

In 1933 Mr. and Mrs. Honig moved to Rockport. Honig was instrumental in the designing and building of the Lincoln Pioneer Village. Mrs. Honig took an active interest in the Rockport Musicale and became president of the group.

Return to City

The Honigs returned to Evansville in 1948. Mrs. Honig turned her interests to poetry and had many works published, including a book of verse in London.

Mrs. Honig was mentioned in "Principal Women of America," a volume published in London.

She was a member of the DAR, Indiana Federation of Music Clubs, Alpha Chi Omega social sorority.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Honig is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ruth Bullock, Evansville, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Boone Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. Frank Greer will officiate. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Sunday.