Howard W. Mooney

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Howard W. Mooney, 61, formerly of DuBois, Pa., passed away at his home in Gainesville, Fla., on April 3, 2017. Howard was the son of Helen Shimmel Mooney and the late Francis "Bud" Mooney. In 1993 he married Karen Rothrauff.
Soon after graduation from DuBois Area High School Howard lost his eyesight. Choosing to stay connected to others he became a massage therapist, practicing at the DuBois YMCA for 12 years. In 1993 he joined his wife in private practice with offices in DuBois and St. Marys, Pa. They later moved their clinic to Pahrump, Nev., where Howard retired in 2002.
Howard was a competitive power lifter with the US team for the blind (USABA) and medaled in international competitions. He also lifted in open meets and set a state dead lifting record in 1993.
At age 50 Howard decided to study pottery and was proud to have his work accepted to be shown and sold at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He then lost his hearing as well and saw his art as an expression of the world he could only remember.
Howard played guitar and piano, wrote poetry and stories. He enjoyed cycling, swimming, and participated in State games throwing shot put and discus. As a young man he felt privileged to share in the lives of his nieces and nephews and as an older man he was devoted to his four grandchildren.
Howard is survived by his mother, Helen; his wife Dr. Karen Mooney; a stepdaughter, Susan Merolillo (Robert); four grandchildren: Anthony, 18, Jacob 16, Sophia, 13, and Tessa, 5; his brother, Richard (Julie) of Falls Creek, Pa.; two sisters, Barbara Brownell (David) and Janet Simbeck (Jeffrey) both of DuBois, Pa.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Francis; two brothers, William and Mark; and two sisters, Shirley and Cheryl.
Howard often quoted Helen Keller: "Life is an adventure or it is nothing." A memorial service will be held for family and friends on April 22, 2017, 11 a.m. at the Bethel Church of the Brethren, 2335 Mountain Run Road, DuBois, PA 15801 to celebrate his wonderful spirit and the adventures of his life.
Memorial donations can be made to the VHL Alliance for ongoing research, https://vhl.org/module/donate-now, or by mail to VHL Alliance, 1208 Parkway Suite 303, Boston, MA 02132.
Published in The Courier Express on Apr. 9, 2017