Toni Kathe Elisabeth Mosher
1939 - 2021
{ "" }
Share
Share Toni's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Toni Kathe Elisabeth Mosher

Toni Kathe Elisabeth Mosher passed away peacefully in her sleep just before dawn on May 6, 2021 of cancer, at home with her family in a room filled with flowers. A loving, generous soul, to know her was to love her.

She was born in the town of Celle in northern Germany on October 25, 1939 to Kathe and Ewald Schrader. Her childhood was spent in the village of Winsen, surrounded by fields and forests, where she loved to hunt wild mushrooms and pick blueberries and play by the small Aller river. She was the youngest of five children and despite the hardships of the Second World War, their house was filled with music, books and creativity. Although almost 60 years in America, she remained, proudly, a German citizen.

In 1961, at her parents home in Winsen, she met the love of her life, Bill Mosher. Drawn to her radiance and the warmth of her family, he fell quickly in love with her. In the summer of 1962, she came by boat to America to visit Bill and stayed. They were married in Ithaca, New York on August 11, 1963. In 1965, Bill was hired as a professor at Warren Wilson College where he taught for 41 years. She remained part of the WWC community for the rest of her days, actively participating in Warren Wilson community festivals and celebrations. She was an active choir and committee participant in the WWC Presbyterian Church. She loved spending time with others and was part of a knitting group of close friends for many years and a women's coffee group.

She spent 19 years working full time as a psychiatric technician in the geriatric and psychiatric unit, Copestone, at St. Joseph's hospital in Asheville, and tended patients with a truly caring and generous heart. Outside of work, she tended countless others as well, always lending an ear, walking with friends and sitting with the dying.

Her most beloved work was raising her son Tom and daughter Susie and she filled their childhoods with celebration, creativity, and play, sharing her German traditions and making every birthday and holiday truly magical. And this beloved work continued as she helped raise Caroline and Hannah, the daughters of her son Tom and his wife Kathleen. Not only were they her pride and joy, but two of her dearest friends, to whom she was lovingly known as Oma.

She was a true artist, fluent in the language of color and texture. Her nimble hands were always busy creating beauty. She knit countless sweaters, hats, scarves and pillows. She made tiny detailed dolls and sparkly brooches. She gave away many of the things she made to those she loved and often to those she barely knew. She had a keen eye for simple, overlooked treasures which she displayed with such care on the shelves and walls of her home.

She and Bill, who was born in India, had many adventures in faraway places and here at home on the streets of Asheville. In her last 3 years, she did much traveling, attending a celebration with her extended family in Germany, snow shoeing in the French Alps, and visiting India one last time where she danced at a lively Hindu wedding and sipped chai on the banks of the Ganges.

Lively, feisty, stubborn and funny, she was never afraid to share her deepest feelings or to be the first to get up and dance. She dressed in an abundance of color and carried the wonder of childhood with her until the very end. A true inspiration to many, she lived freely and loved fully and will be endlessly missed and always celebrated.

Reflecting on her life, she once wrote: "It is the heart that matters, is it not? Does it not tell you what to say, and what to keep forever in a corner of its warmth? Is not the heart a very wondrous thing, it keeps so many people, secrets, joys and sorrows safe and sound."

A celebration service at Warren Wilson Presbyterian church will take place later this summer.



Published in Asheville Citizen-Times from May 8 to May 9, 2021.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
19 entries
July 14, 2021
Oh, what a WONDERFUL soul you are, Kathe! I agree 100% with the comment, "To know her is to love her!" I was part of the knitting group when I was at Warren Wilson ('90). The only sweater I've ever made (for my dear nephew) was through her patient guidance. I LOVE YOU, beautiful soul! Sorrowful news to know I will not see your face and hear your joyful laughter again. However, my life is so much richer for having shared sweet time with you. I still have a glasses case you knitted and gave me as a graduation gift. Heaven beamed a bit brighter when you shed your skin and loved ones realized your spirit is free. Gees, I love you and I am very sorry for your family's (and friends) loss. Sending peace and hope for comfort and serenity to breathe into days ahead. Much love to you.
Genevieve Austin
Friend
May 15, 2021
Love looking at this picture and reading this wonderful remembrance. Bill, Susie, Tommy - I’m thinking of you. Kathe always made me feel so good, called me by name, and always stopped while passing me on the streets downtown for years. All my best to you and your family and friends. Karin Erickson (WWC-97)
Karin Erickson
Friend
May 14, 2021
Bill and family, I was so sorry to hear to hear this news. Kathe was always so warm and friendly. She will be missed. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you.

Vijay Barnabas - WWC (1982)
Vijay J. Barnabas
Friend
May 13, 2021
I can never recall a time when I encountered her that she didn't smile and call me by name while gifting me with her graceful manner! Always the willing conversationalist, she made me feel as if I was the only one there! The Warren Wilson community will not be the same without her. Bill, I am so very sorry for your loss!
Paul Brown, Class of 66 and 72 - WWC
Friend
May 13, 2021
Thank you for your warmth, light, and generosity. I visited your home for a dinner with your family and other WWC students a few days before we traveled to India with Bill. It was a lovely summer evening that has stayed with me over 30 years. Love to you all.
Karen MacNeil
Student
May 13, 2021
She and Bill had been our great friends since last 35 years. She visited us In India only two years back and joyfully participated in a marriage of our inmate’s daughter.
We, me and my wife still cherish our sweet memories of them.
Our love and prayers .
Hasmukh patel
Friend
May 12, 2021
Bill Mosher, you and your family have always and will always be in my heart. I am truly sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Lu Ellen Long Spurrier
Student
May 11, 2021
Bill, a gifted photographer, always caught the essence of the subject he was photographing. Thou I didn't know Kathe, it's obvious to me that he saw in her what he needed and wanted in a life partner. What a gift.
Robbie Crowell
Classmate
May 10, 2021
As a member of the knitting group years ago at Warren Wilson College, Katherine was everything mentioned, and more. I remember her sparkly eyes whenever she smiled, which was most of the time. She loved knitting and always took time to help anyone who didn't understand a pattern.
She always loved sharing stories about her children, who were the loves of her life.
She will be dearly missed.
Sue Fitzgerald
Friend
May 10, 2021
She was all that was posted and more, truly a person of kindred spirit and a friend indeed. I enjoyed our time singing and just having fun at the Warren Wilson Church, College, and College View Friends. What a joy to be around and most of all, a kindness of heart. May she rest in peace. My and Sharon's sincere heartfelt condolences to the Mosher family.
Rodney Lytle
Friend
May 9, 2021
Always a beautiful smile and a sparkle in her eye. I would run into Mrs Mosher in the Parkway gift shop or at a random sale and she would always take a moment to stop and talk awhile. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with Tommy , Susie, Mr Mosher and extended family.
Meg Kerr
Friend
May 9, 2021
I did not know Oma but am sure she is reflected in Tom, Kathleen, Caroline, Hannah & her other family & friends. I am so sorry for your loss she sounds like a wonderful woman. . Let me know if I can do anything for you during this time.
Joyce Moncada
Neighbor
May 9, 2021
So sweet, so kind, such a wonderful woman and role model. Glad our pats crossed.
Betsy Lane
Friend
May 9, 2021
Thank you Kathe by changing my life when you sent me to your brother Hinnerk and his wife Elisabeth. I will be forever grateful.

Laura L Boosinger
Friend
May 9, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Ted & Heather Wimsatt
May 9, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Mike Wimsatt and Kathy Tuznik
May 9, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Maria Eva Henny Felice Chiara
May 9, 2021
What a dear and immensely talented person. She will be sorely missed.
What a wonderful picture of she and Bill.
Dusty Benedict
Friend
May 9, 2021
We knew Kathe for over 50 years, mainly through our association with the the Warren Wilson family of friends and associates. We fondly remember her as a warm friendly human being, always ready with an enthusiastic greeting which always made us feel valued in her company. We hope these words of consolation bring a measure of comfort to Bill, Tommy and Susie in their time of sorrow.
Sheldon and Rochelle Neuringer
Friend
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences