COUDERSPORT - Doris Wilkinson Mosch, 89, of Coudersport, died on Wednesday (May 11, 2016) at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
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She was born on Oct. 20, 1926, the sixth of seven children to the late Paul and Grace Wilkinson and grew up in Williamsburg, where she graduated from high school in 1944.
She then worked for one year in the main office of the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co. The next year, she enrolled at Indiana Teacher's College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania). She received a bachelor's degree in education in 1949 with a major in business education. Doris was hired as a business education teacher by Coudersport High School, where she taught from 1949-51. She also worked as a substitute teacher from 1963-85.
On Nov. 23, 1950, she married Dr. George C. Mosch, who preceded her in death. They were married for 63 years. Doris is survived by five of her children, Barbara E. Mosch (Greg Stoicheff) of State College, Steven P. Mosch (Deborah) of Savannah, Ga.; Amy M. Boardman (Tom Buttery) of Galeton, Sally Fowler (Todd Hilliard) of Coudersport and Luke A. Mosch (Debra) of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren with one more due in August.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffry C. Mosch; three brothers; and two sisters.
While raising their six children, Doris was active in the community. She served as a Camp Fire Girls leader and Cub Scout den mother for several years and was active in PTA. At the Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, she was active in the Women's Group. There, she served as clerk of sessions for 23 years, as elder on session for six years, taught children's and adult Sunday School classes as well as intermittently teaching the Bethel Bible Study. Doris was also a member of the choir and organizer of special church dinners for several years.
Doris served on the Coudersport Community Recreation Board, the PA Lumber Museum board, Coudersport Public Library Board for 10 years and was a member of the Potter County Historical Society. She was a representative from Coudersport to the Potter-Tioga Library Board for five years and a member of a local book club. She spent many years volunteering for the hospital's women's auxiliary and attending (club) with her dear friends.
One of her great achievements was raising their six children so that her husband, Dr. George C. Mosch was able to devote himself full-time to his 50 years of family medical practice. After he retired, they enjoyed more time sharing in children's and grandchildren's activities and achievements. Her hobbies included reading, cooking, dancing, walking and gardening.
A receiving of friends and family will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Presbyterian Church, 402 North Main St., Coudersport. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Evon Lloyd officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport or the Coudersport Public Library in memory of Doris W. Mosch.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home.
To share your fondest memories of Doris, visit www.thomasfickinger.com.
Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home Ltd.
210 North East Street
Coudersport, PA 16915
Published in The Bradford Era from May 13 to May 19, 2016