William Moskerintz, 84, of 334 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 18, in the Blue Mountain Health System's Gnaden Huetten Campus, Lehighton.|
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Opalenik) Moskerintz.
He was a graduate of the former Nesquehoning High School.
The deceased was of the Byzantine Catholic faith.
He had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, having served a total of 30 years in active duty and 11 years of inactive duty with the Naval reserve. He first enlisted in 1945 during World War II, and served aboard the USS Palau, a carrier, and was discharged in 1949.
During the Korean War, in 1951, he was recalled to active duty, served aboard the USS Noble and was released from active duty in 1953.
In 1965, during the Vietnam War, he voluntarily returned to active duty, and over the next 21 years served at various Naval bases and air stations, as well as being stationed aboard the USS Belleau Wood. He also served as Commander Master Chief at the U.S. Naval Base, Philadelphia.
He retired in 1986 from the U.S. Naval Air Station, Glenview, Ill., as a Master Chief Yeoman, and returned home to Nesquehoning after a long and storied Naval career, including having served on an aircraft carrier, troop transport, aviation gasoline tanker, combat attack transport and a sea going tug.
Once back in Nesquehoning, he became an active member of the V.F.W. Post 8008, Nesquehoning, where he served as a Junior and Senior Vice commander and then a two-time Commander of the post. He also served as the Service Offices and Vice President of the Home Association. He was the parade detail commander each year for the Memorial Day Parade and also served many years as the funeral detail commander for Nesquehoning veterans.
In 2007, he had the honor of serving as Grand Marshal of the Carbon County Veterans Day Parade held in Nesquehoning.
He belonged to the Navy Club of Carbon County, Ship No. 260.
Moskerintz also served as an assistant for many years for the Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, Nesquehoning, providing professional and compassionate assistance to those attending funerals.
Surviving are a daughter Holly of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Nancy Ondo of Nesquehoning; nieces and nephews; and close friends, Linda and Steve Romankow of Nesquehoning, and their two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, George, Michael, Stephen and John; and two sisters, Anne Duffy and Mary Bossey.
Service: Panachida memorial funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, with the Rev. Vasyl Chepelskyy officiating. Military graveside service, St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Nesquehoning, by the Panther Valley High School JROTC and Nesquehoning U.V.O. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday. Military service 10:30 a.m. Saturday by the Nesquehoning U.V.O. Contributions in his name may be made to the Nesquehoning V.F.W. Post 8008, c/o the funeral home, 18240.