The Rockport Journal, February 4, 1955

Mrs. Alda M. Honig, Native of County, Dies Last Week

Mrs. Alda McCoy Honig, prominent pianist, died at 8:30 a.m. last Friday at St. Mary's hospital, Evansville, after an extended illness. She was 69.

Mrs. Honig, a relative of Luce township, was the wife of George Honig, well known sculptor and artist who designed the Lincoln Pioneer Village in Rockport.

She was a descendant of a well known pioneer family of Spencer county. She began the study of music when a child, entered DePauw University at the age of 13, and at 16 was in London, England, to meet Mme. Marguerite Liszewska, an assistant to the famous piano teacher, Leschetizky.

Mrs. Honig auditioned for Leschetizky in Vienna and remained there to study music for two years before being called home at the illness and death of her father. She taught music at DePauw until 1917 until her marriage, after which she and her husband moved to New York City.

In New York she was presented in recital at the Waldorf by Belle Dunigan, a Rockport native who became famous as a singer and director under the professional name of Madam Goldie. Miss Dunigan was an aunt of Mrs. Maude Mason Lang, of Rockport, and by coincidence Mrs. Honig later taught music to Mrs. Lang's daughter, Mrs. Shirley Lang Snethen.

Mrs. Honig returned to Evansville and was prominent there in the 1920's as a teacher and as an active member of the Evansville Musicians Club. She helped found the Leschetizky Piano Club.

In 1933, Mr. and Mrs. Honig moved to Rockport, remaining here until 1948. She continued to teach music there, served as president of the Ladies' Musicale and was a member of the DAR, Indiana Federation of Music Clubs and Alpha Chi Omega social sorority.

Mrs. Honig had been in the hospital since December 21. Her death was caused by a heart condition.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister, Mrs. Ruth Bullock of Evansville, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Boone funeral home in Evansville with Rev. Dr. Frank Greer officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion cemetery.