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1915 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Age 98, of O'Hara Township, the son of the late Agnes Seland Moeller and Laust Moeller of Ingomar, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, peacefully, after a long descent. In his splendidly long 98 years of life, Mr. Moeller had time enough for several incarnations. He was a soldier, a businessman and a gentleman, always. As a soldier, he served in North Africa and Italy during WWll. He went on to serve for another 20 years in the Army Reserves. He was born in Wilkinsburg, PA in 1915, and graduated from Penn State University in 1938. He was attending law school at Fordham University when WWll intervened. After the war, he settled in New York City where he met Marian Estabrook, a recent archeology graduate working at the Brooklyn Museum. They married in 1948 and lived in Illinois and Ohio before returning to the Pittsburgh area when he joined Union Springs Manufacturing Company (Union Corp), where he built the rest of his career. He became an Episcopalian while living in Middlesex Township and attending St. Thomas in the Fields. However, his Danish-Norwegian Lutheran roots ran deep. He was a firm believer in hard work, and staying focused on one's goals. He believed that education was paramount. He also had a deep love and respect for nature. He loved to garden. His tomatoes were delicious, his gladioli gorgeous. John was a lovely and sociable man, gallant, charming and kind. He also had a fierce competitive streak which expressed itself in some legendary squash matches at his beloved University Club, and in less strenuous activities, like golf and bridge. He never lost his affinity for numbers, in his latest years when so much was lost to Alzheimer's, he could still count cards in rummy. His deep generosity benefited all kinds of projects, especially in education and nature conservancy. Most of all, though, he was a family man. He was always there to be a rock and an anchor for family members or folks he treated like family. He was blessed with a wonderfully happy second marriage to Audrey S. Moeller, commenced late in life, after the death of his long-loved wife, Marian, in 1994. Without Audrey, it is unlikely that he would have achieved 98 years. He is survived by three of his four children, his daughters, Siri Margerin of San Francisco, CA, Andrea Moeller of Los Angeles, CA, and Betsy Moeller-Sally of Harvard, MA. His son, Dr. Robert E. Moeller, died in 2011. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Morgan F. Moeller-Margerin, Robin Jiro Margerin and Zachery Ernest, Matthew Ernest and Alec Ernest. He is survived by Audrey's sons, Neil Veenis, J. Mark Veenis, Christopher Veenis, and R. Jay Veenis. The family would like to offer special appreciation to Joseph Seymore, who helped so much in providing care during the last five years of Mr. Moeller's life. Joseph, we are so grateful for the friendship that you shared with John. No Visitation. A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church Fox Chapel, 630 Squaw Run Rd. East, Monday, June 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Robert E. Moeller Memorial Fund at the Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436. Arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 28 to June 8, 2014
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