Charlotte Hilke - More About the Artist
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Charlotte May Coryell Hilke was a water color artist, former nursery school teacher, “life-time friend” to many, genealogist, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Charlotte grew up in rural New York State and attended Cornell University where she first met her husband, John Lewis Hilke, and obtained her degree in home economics and pre-school education. After WWII, John and Charlotte moved to Schenectady (NY) and then to Hamburg (NY) near Buffalo. Charlotte and her husband lived in Hamburg for 19 years, where they hosted John L.’s parents and raised their son, John Coryell Hilke. During this period, Charlotte taught in and directed cooperative nursery schools.
In 1969, John and Charlotte moved to Syracuse (NY) where they lived not far from her sister Catherine Goodfellow. They moved to Silver Spring (MD) in 1984 to be near their son, his wife, D.D., and their grandchildren Cory and Anne. It was during this period that Charlotte became an avid water colorist and expanded her work in genealogy. Her paintings graced the walls of their home and appeared on the covers of trade magazines and the local telephone directory. In both her art and her genealogy research, Charlotte had a gift for detail and a love of relating stories.
Following the onset of her vasculitis in late 2006, Charlotte and John moved to Salt Lake City to live with their son and daughter-in-law, delighting in several family reunions that now included Cory’s children, Kim and Jenna Hilke and their mother, Mary. Though on dialysis and largely wheel-chair bound, Charlotte worked diligently to regain her physical strength and independence, while maintaining her wide network of friends from all of the places she lived. Charlotte and her husband, John L. Hilke, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2008, amid family and new-made friends in Utah. She was grateful for the skill, care, and warmth of her doctors, nurses, and home-health aids. Charlotte died July 22, 2008, from complications of vasculitis and heart disease. She was 86.
To celebrate Charlotte life and passion for art, Charlotte's family hosted a memorial art show and concert on October 5, 2008. This evening event was held at the South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (SVUUS), 6876 South Highland Dr, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Charlotte's family ask that rememberances be gifted to the Welcoming Building Campaign that will make SVUUS accessible to all, or to the Audubon Society.
For more information about Charlotte's life, work or to discuss permission for reproduction, please contact D. D. Hilke.