Margaret I. (Traugott) Craft


Died: November 7, 2012

Margaret I. (Traugott) Craft, 93, of Binghamton died on November 7, 2012. She was the wife of the late George A. Craft, who died in 2004, and mother of Rebecca A. Craft of New York City. Margaret Craft was born Ilse Margareta Traugott on May 17, 1919 in Germany. She left for England in 1936 and after that settled in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She met her husband ,George Craft, in Chicago, and was married for 58 years and traveled with him to Bloomington, Indiana, where she taught in the art department, and then to Missoula, Montana and Columbus, Ohio before settling in Binghamton, New York. She worked at the State University of New York in Binghamton and Cornell as an electron microscopist before retiring in 1990. Before becoming a technician, she was a jewelry designer in Chicago and then had her own shop in Missoula selling jewelry and winning numerous prizes. It was also in Montana that she fell in love with the Rocky Mountains, Flathead Lake and even learned to drive in Glacier National Park. Margaret was an avid reader and loved the outdoors, gardens, good food, museums, and travel. Margaret was also a devoted tennis player into her early 80's and a diehard fan until the end of her life, following matches on television through commentary even when she could no longer see the players well or the ball. She loved her time on the ocean beaches in Maine, Cape Cod, and Long Island. Throughout all her activities and endeavors she kept her sense of style. She had a great sense of humor, and found a way to laugh even in her last days. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca A. Craft of New York City.

At her request, there will be no services. A private gathering will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to CHOW (the Broome County Council of Churches - Community Hunger Outreach Workshop), 3 Otseningo Street, Binghamton, New York 13903. Online at Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeMunn Funeral Home. To forward condolences please visit

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