Tess Morgan peacefully passed from this life in her residence on June 7, 2021, in the presence of the love of her life, Austin Morgan, and loyal caregiver Dina Boetang.
A proud native of the Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio, Tess entered this world on June 9, 1928, at the height of the roaring 20’s. Her parents, Anthony “Tony” Wilzbach and Irma (Schuerch) Wilzbach showered her with love and Tess weathered the Great Depression thanks to the support of an exotic but supportive extended family that included younger sister Alma, cousins Irma and Dorothy “Dottie” Schwarm and an assortment of grandparents, aunts and uncles who filled her years growing up in the German immigrant neighborhood known as “Over the Rhine.”
A survivor of tuberculosis, Tess concentrated on the fine arts and became an exceptional artist and pianist while achieving excellence at Hughes High School. She graduated from her hometown University of Cincinnati, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French, earning summa cum laude honors and an invitation to join the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Tess’s leadership skills were evident in her tenure as president of her sorority, Kappa Delta. This sisterhood is one she remembered quite fondly all her life.
The most significant event of the 1940’s for Tess was working one summer at Cedar Point amusement park on the Ohio shore of Lake Erie. It was there she met her darling blue-eyed, handsome Austin Morgan, where they began a courtship that would lead to over seven decades of love and companionship.
In a way, Tess became a war bride when she and Austin married in August of 1950 because the Korean War started and Austin was recalled to Naval service. Austin’s Navy assignments were stateside where the two of them enjoyed multiple New England postings. Peace arrived, and the two of them returned to Tess’s beloved Queen City where Austin began his career in corporate finance and the two of them launched a family. Daughters Maren, Melinda “Lin”, and son David arrived in quick succession, but the young couple had the support of the hometown relatives in raising the growing family.
The early 1960’s brought fresh air to Washington DC and a geographical shift to Pennsylvania for Tess and Austin. Leaving her hometown again was very difficult for Tess. Little did she know her family was embarking on a pinball ride across three corners of the Keystone State as Austin’s career grew in the corporate world. Son Jay arrived with JFK’s “New Frontier” as her four children entered into school age, Tess directed some of her energy into social causes such as the Head Start program, Service League, and the League of Women Voters. She also served as a campaign manager in the successful candidacy of the first female to serve as the Chair of the County Commission of Lehigh County, PA.
The 1980’s ushered in Reaganomics and an empty nest. Tess and Austin had the opportunity to live in the Chapel Hill/Durham area where they enjoyed the mild winters and a devotion to Coach K and Duke basketball. They moved to Spring Township, PA in the late 1980’s where Tess was enthralled by her numerous grandchildren, spending hours reading, singing, drawing, and playing creative pretend games with them. A chronic condition slowed Tess down for the last 5 years, but she lived long enough to witness the 2020 election of Kamala Harris as Vice President. Tess would have preferred to see Hillary Clinton become the first female President of the USA, but the Electoral College decided differently.
Tess is survived by her soul mate husband of nearly 71 years, Austin Morgan, daughters Maren Morgan and Melinda Morgan, sons David Morgan, husband of Barbara McPhail, and Jay Morgan, husband of Connie Cyras, eight grandchildren: Matthew, Benjamin, Kate, Laura, Daniel, Mallory, Kelsey, and Sienna, and two great grandchildren: Amelia and Maggie, as well as her younger sister Alma Eichstadt and nephew Thomas “Tommy” Eichatadt and niece Laura Trent. Tess was predeceased by both of her parents and brother-in-law, Thomas “Tom” Eichstadt.
No public funeral services will be held but those wishing to honor Tess’s life can make a donation to the charity of your choice. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Morgan family. www.kleefuneralhome.com
No public funeral services will be held.