Hilda E. Uhlig, homemaker

She had been active in community theater

October 29, 2012|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Hilda E. Uhlig, a homemaker and former secretary who was active in community theater, died Oct. 17 of heart failure at Carroll Lutheran Village.

She was 86.

Hilda Eleanor Drexler was born in Munich, Germany, and moved with her parents in 1928 to Flushing, N.Y.

After graduating from high school in Flushing, she graduated from the Berkeley School, a private junior college in New York City.

During the 1940s, she worked as an executive secretary for a New York law firm before marrying Karl H. Uhlig, a manufacturing manager, in 1945.

Her husband's work took the couple to upstate New York, Sydney, Nova Scotia and finally Towson, when he took a job at Bendix Radio Corp.

During this time, Mrs. Uhlig taught 3- and 4-year-olds at church-sponsored nursery schools. She also established and operated a business making leaded-glass goblets, worked as a school librarian and owned a small jewelry and gift shop.

While living in Springville, N.Y., Mrs. Uhlig was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, and in 1979, was honored by the Springville Chamber of Commerce as the "Woman of the Year" for her work in organizing a Meals on Wheels program.

Mrs. Uhlig was also active in community theater, both as an actress and director, and after she and her husband moved to Westminster in 1987, she joined the Carroll Players.

While living in Westminster, Mrs. Uhlig and her husband were volunteer AARP tax counselors for 15 years, assisting the elderly in preparation of income tax forms.

She was a member and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church of Westminster.

Her husband died in 2000, and in 2005 she moved to Carroll Lutheran Village, where she became an active volunteer, welcoming new residents and working in the library.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 23, on what would have been her 87th birthday, in the Carroll Lutheran Village chapel.

Surviving are two sons, Stephen Uhlig of Westminster and Thomas Uhlig of Chester, N.Y.; two daughters, Thea Uhlig-Ruff of Frederick and Kristin M. Uhlig Forness of Manassas, Va.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


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