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Jeffrey Mosser

January 15, 1949 — March 3, 2023

Jeffrey Dale Mosser, 74, of Frostburg passed away on March 3, 2023.

Born on January 15, 1949 he was the oldest son of the late Paul and Emma Jane Mosser.

He graduated from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania 1971 and started working as an art teacher in Allentown. He received number 14 in the draft so he enlisted in the Navy.

After boot camp he went to "C" school for photography in Pensacola and was later stationed in Suitland, MD at the Naval Air Technical Service Facility Jeff received secret clearance and worked the graveyard shift developing miles of film taken by US reconnaissance planes over Vietnam. He was also requested at times to be the photographer at various admirals' events. He was also invited and encouraged to go to Navy Pilot training (a pretty big deal), but decided not to do that, valuing his own free ability to make life decisions.

After his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1975, he moved back to Allentown, PA and started working for William H. Taylor Supply Company in south Allentown.

In 1979 he moved to Germansville and had job running food services at a nursing home in Bethlehem. During the Allentown-Germansville years he tried his hand at some unique endeavors: hairdresser school and a chimney sweeping business.

In 1985 he decided to move to Closter, NJ, and ran the food services at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, NY.

He moved again in 1986 to Springfield, where he began his long term profession in human resource management. Working at Joseph P. Kennedy Institute in Washington DC and from there to work for Conservation International, where he broadened his HR responsibilities to encompass non-profit organizations with personnel in foreign countries, a unique resume for HR professionals. He also worked for the Eurasia Foundation and the International Foundation for Election Systems, again managing human resources for international non-profits.

Jeff often traveled during these positions, including a unique trip to Moscow. He had many unique talents and was very artistic (having been an art major in college), with an eye for textiles, furnishings and a special talent of arranging furniture to create a whole new and efficient room. He had an eye for interior painting, once designing a cool bi-color slanted wall striping in his living room. He could sew and make clothes and quilts. He was a pretty decent hairdresser and wasn't too bad a cook. He loved to socialize and entertain, and was known for hosting great parties among the large group of friends while serving in the Navy in Suitland MD. He was also a great dancer, who could make his terrible-dancer-wife look good on the dance floor. He loved cats, although eventually always had a dog as a companion.

He was a feminist and a great role model for his sons, who could observe him regularly cook, clean, change diapers and manage a household, and he made sure his sons could do equal chores. While he had absolutely no ability in sports, he was a champion and constant presence at all three of his son's baseball games.

Recently for the first time, since before the pandemic, Jeff and all 3 sons, had been together on Sunday mornings at Clatter which made them feel like a kids around the kitchen table, as they did while growing up. There was never a dull moment around that table with endless sarcasm, wit and love.

Surviving are his son, Joshua and wife Jennifer, parents of his granddaughter, Emma Rhea; son, Jordan and wife Karah, parents of his granddaughter, Josephine Rose; and son Jacob. Also surviving are his ex spouse, Linda Appel Bruce; sister, Jane (Michael) and his brother, James (Kathy).

Jeff led a great life and was never afraid to be himself and let you know, "it is what it is." He traveled the world working for nonprofits and taught his sons about being cultured and tolerant. He was so proud of his sons, loved his daughter-in-law's and grandchildren so much.

Jeffrey was cremated in accordance with his wishes.

A private inurnment will be held at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery.

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