William Carl Mostertz

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MOSTERTZ, William Carl "Bill" died peacefully on June 29, 2009 at the age of 88 years. He was born on April 20, 1921 in Philadelphia, PA. He was the oldest son of Martha Johanna Clemens of Philadelphia and Ferdinand Wilhelm Mostertz, who immigrated to the United States in 1912 from Dülken, Germany. He is a graduate of Germantown High School (1938) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1942). He played varsity football at Penn under legendary coach George Munger. On Feb. 13, 1943 he married his college sweetheart, Mary Josephine Fuss. He served as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant in the South Pacific during WWII. When he returned from the war, he joined his father and brother in the family textile business, MosTex Fabrics, in manufacturing upholstery materials. In 1963 he moved with his family to Greenville, South Carolina when his father expanded the business and purchased a commercial carpet plant there. Bill loved classical music, played the violin and sang in church choirs most of his life. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Arthur Mostertz, of Sarasota, and his sister, Fernande Mostertz Brake, of San Antonio, TX. He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Dr. Mary J. Mostertz, of Tampa; his daughters M. Joanne Moore (Earle) of Tampa, and Barbara Ann Whitmire (Jerry) of Pittsboro, NC; and his son, William C. Mostertz, Jr. (Tina Fogle) of Clemson, SC. He is also mourned by his grandchildren, Jennifer Moore, Jessica Moore, Michael Whitmire (Ivy), Thomas Whitmire, William C. Mostertz, III (Bryn), and Katherine Mostertz; sister-in-law, Betty Ann Mostertz, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity or church of one's choice.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 3, 2009
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