HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Margaret Morgenstern passed away on Monday, October 23, 2023.
Margaret (Marge) Morgenstern was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on January 11, 1930, to Anna (Roskas) and John Kvocak. She was the youngest of ten siblings.
Marge was the very cherished mother, grandmother and aunt to her family. She has been described by the young people in her life as a “National Treasure.”
As a young woman, Marge worked for Protected Home Circle as an insurance clerk. She later became a bank teller for First National Bank.
She enjoyed giving gifts to all the children in her life and they could look forward to a crisp $2 bill and bag of goodies for every holiday, birthday, success, or achievement. Marge was very well known for her bowling talent. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Mercer County Bowling and Sports Hall of Fame. She was a part of bowling leagues in Youngstown, Hubbard, Sharon and Hermitage, made the All-Star tournaments three times in Chicago and Minneapolis and was a part of the 700 bowling clubs of America. She earned the nickname “Slugger” for her dominance over the pins.
In 1959, Marge married R. Norman Morgenstern who preceded her in death on April 3, 1999. Marge and Norm were known for their Christmas Eve parties where their home was open to all. They were a gregarious couple who enjoyed playing cards (sometimes for a little cash!). After Norm retired, you could find him helping Marge make her delicious and delectable cookies. Marge was a known accomplished cook, baker and caterer. She delighted in teaching others how to make traditional Slovak haluski, pierogies and cookies. Later in life, she sold her Christmas cookies under the moniker “Margie’s Cookies.” She was proud to say that she worked until she was 91 years old. Marge was the epitome of hospitality. She made everyone who entered her home feel welcome. She would always sit you down with a plate of food at her kitchen table. After you cleaned your plate and said you were full, you would likely hear, “You must not like my cooking.” Of course, you couldn’t help but have another bowl of wedding soup, slice of brisket, a few lady lock cookies and then leave with a care package of goodies for later.
Marge was proud of her Slovak heritage and was a member of the Sokol Lodge-Slovak Home and the SNPJ Lodge – Slovenian Home.
Marge was a beautiful lady who took great care in her appearance. You would often hear her tell the young women in her life that if they wore lipstick and made their bed every day, they would always look put together. Her hair and makeup were always done, and she had the most sparkly pins that she would adorn her sweater sets with. Marge was “sparkle” personified.
Marge’s greatest joy in life was being a mother and grandmother. She is survived by her three sons of whom she was tremendously proud, Keith (Kathy) of Akron, Ohio, Kevin (May) of Bangkok, Thailand and Kelly Morgenstern of Farrell. She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Kolin of Los Angeles, California and Klaire of Charlotte, North Carolina and one granddog, Stanley of Akron (who will greatly miss Grandma’s treats).
Visitation will be held Thursday, November 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. in Hermitage, where a funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m.
A television tribute will air Sunday, October 29 at the following approximate times: 8:58 a.m. on FOX and 9:58 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.