|Birth: ||May 31, 1922|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 2003|
Harriet Lucille Geiger is the daughter of Louis and Anna Geiger (nee Reiter). She lived with her parents in Jefferson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, in 1930.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newspaper, February 13, 2003, page 7:
HARRIET AUGENSTEIN; ACCOMPLISHED ARTISAN
Harriet Augenstein of Jefferson Hills, an artist who participated in arts and crafts shows, had three kilns in her basement and a drawer full of ribbons awarded to her.
"She was a very good artist. Art was her passion," her son, David, of Mt. Lebanon said.
Mrs. Augenstein always admired her aunt`s hand-painted china but didn`t start her own creative pursuits until her son was 10 years old. She took classes at Clairton High School and then started going to crafts shows, her husband, David, said.
During four years in the 1970s she served as president of the Pittsburgh China Painters` Association.
Mrs. Augenstein, 80, died of natural causes and hardening of the arteries Jan. 31, at Fair Oaks of Pittsburgh, a Beechview assisted-living facility.
She met her husband when he was 18 and she was 14. "If was love at first sight", her son said. They got married in 1946, when her husband-to-be came back from his stint in the Navy during World War II.
She worked at a variety of jobs at the old Pittsburgh post office Downtown from 1943 to 1946. She was a file clerk, worked for the state unemployment office and the federal income tax office and was a teletype operator who transmitted top-secret information. She passed on data in code to Army and Navy officers about Manhatton Project development of the atomic bomb. "She couldn`t even tell me about it," her husband said.
Mrs. Augenstein was content to be a homemaker and devoted mother to her son while her husband worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
But once her skill at art blossomed, she began contributing displays at the Allegheny County Fair and the Mountain Crafts Days held in Somerset. She had 43 first-place ribbons, her husband said.
Her handiwork included porcelain eggs, painted jewelry and wooden goose eggs.
A crafts-show favorite was her clothespin dolls. She made more than 10,500, her husband said, "She would never tell how they were made. She would never give away her secret."
Besides her husband and son, Mrs. Augenstein is survived by a stepdaughter, Laara Ashlie of Bellingham, Wash.; one brother, Charles Geiger of Jefferson Hills; one sister, Dorothy Hoffman of Conneaut, Ohio; a stepgrandchild, and a stepgreat-grandchild.
Services were held Feb. 4 at Griffith Mortuary in South Park Township.
Louis Geiger (1887 - 1946)
Anna Reiter Geiger (1888 - 1949)
David H. Augenstein (1918 - 2007)*
Jefferson Memorial Park
Plot: Section G38 GOSPEL Lot 60A
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Record added: Sep 15, 2010
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