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James Moeller Dies

A Miller Place teacher for 37 years, Moeller was vocal at East Hampton School Board meetings in retirement.

James Myron Moeller, a former Miller Place school teacher and an active East Hampton resident, died at on Jan. 22. He was 73.

A teacher for 37 years, Moeller was passionate about education and the school system, which extended into his retirement.

Born on Oct. 23, 1938 in Spencer, Iowa, he was the son of the late Myron Moeller and Lillian Yeutter Moeller. As a teenager, he assisted in his parents' hardware store and plumbing business. Active in music and obtaining an amateur radio license, Moeller graduated as salutatorian from Milford, Iowa Consolidated School in 1956. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he was manager of the football team and a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity, graduating in 1960 with a business baccalaureate degree. He further earned a Master of Liberal Studies from the and a secondary teaching certificate from the New York State Education Department.

From 1962 to 1993, Moeller taught mathematics in Miller Place schools, where he also coached the high school golf team to a state championship, coached its girls’ cross country team and advised many senior classes. He was also an active union member and president of Miller Place Teachers Association. He served on various committees in the Mount Sinai Congregational Church and was a tenor in the Whalers Barbershop Chorus.

Diagnosed with cancer as a young man, Moeller was successfully treated at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

He and his wife Mary Ella Parsons Moeller, with whom he recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, moved to East Hampton 13 years ago. They became very active in the community. He was a committeeman for the , president of the East Hampton Rotary, played the organ for the Riverhead Eastern Star, and enjoyed membership in the . He also joined the Bonac Amateur Radio Club, where he contacted almost every country in the world with his radio.

In addition, he was a deacon of the and a volunteer for and . He and his wife regularly attended and were vocal at meetings.

Within the New York State Retired Teachers’ Association, Moeller was treasurer of the East End unit, treasurer and president of the Long Island zone, budget and finance committeeman and chair of the NYSRTA Insurance Trust Fund.

He also received the highest NYSRTA achievement awards: Long Island’s Distinguished Service Silver Tray Award and The New York State Retired Teachers’ Association’s prestigious award, The Certificate of Recognition, given to a member who has shown outstanding leadership in the field of education and service through retirement. His other interests included golfing, flying small aircraft, calligraphy, and crossword puzzles.

In addition to his wife, Moeller is also survived by his daughter Mary Beth, son-in-law Walfrid Gustaf Lundborg III, and grandchildren, Ava Elizabeth and Ashton Ryker Lundborg, and brother Gary Milford Moeller of Arnolds Park, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at the on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Internment will follow at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Afterwards, his family will welcome friends to share their memories in the First Presbyterian Session House.

Contributions may be made to the Southampton Hospital/Cardiac Rehabilitation, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968 and the First Presbyterian Church of East Hampton, 120 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937 in Moeller's memory.

This obituary was submitted by Jim Moeller's family.

Shrinkgirl January 26, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Jim Moeller was a sweetheart and a wise man. I knew him and his wife Mary Ella for years when I was active in the East Hampton Rotary. He was always interested in ideas and politics. I liked joking with him and talking seriously with him. He was a truly nice man. He will be missed. My heart goes out to Mary Ella and his family.
Bill Brown January 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Jim Moeller was a mentor and a friend we worked together at Miller place from 1974 until his retirement in 1993. He was a teacher, coach and union activist but more importantly he was a "Student Advocate" and most of his student use the words compassionate and friendly when describing Jim. Most of us from Miller Place remeber the Jim's warm, embracing smile. He was a "Great Guy"!!!!
Brian Woods January 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
He made playing high school golf a blast....and left a great impression on us about the beautiful game of golf, and life!
jennifer Hargreaves Pawliczak January 26, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Remembering Jim Moeller - great teacher, dry sense of humor, great sense of humor! You will be missed in all facets of your life. God Bless.
Ken Clarke January 26, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Jim was the greatest teacher there was. I do not think that my golf game would be where it is today if it was not for Mr Moeller. I remember he used to get upset with me every time I showed up to a golf match in a short sleeve dress shirt without a jacket when it was cold out. He said I was going to get sick. I replied that I cannot play in a jacket because I was not comfortable. The next week I was sick and missed an important match.
Ehtownlocal January 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM
You will be missed Jim!!! Thank you for the pleasure to have worked with u! You we a great asset as a committeeman for the East Hampton Republican Committee...
Roy Scott January 26, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I have many fond memories of my time at MPHS. Mr. Moeller was my math teacher and always seemed to be around activities I was a part of. Of course there were occasional hall monitoring issues as I had a tendency to never be where I actually belonged. His kindness and intellectual attributes were highly commendable. You will be missed and I hope you are resting in peace.
Karen Droscoski January 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
As I struggled throughout high school in math, Mr. Moeller was the only math teacher who took the time to meet with me every day after school until I got it right. He never gave up on me and made learning fun and easy. Such a warm and friendly man, I will never forget.
Scott VanTasssell January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I think Bill Brown captured the thought perfectly. Mr Moeller, all around great guy!
Leanne Droscoski January 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Mr. Moeller was my math teacher as well as my winter track coach. I have a lot of great memories of him. He was a very sweet and funny man. He will be missed.
Amy Casciola January 27, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Not only was Mr. Moeller my beloved math teacher but he also encouraged me to make the switch from softball to golf as a senior--a change I very much needed! Under his guidance as a coach, I became the first girl in Miller Place history to win a golf match, against a boy no less :) Even more importantly, he instilled a love of the sport I will have with me the rest of my life! As an educator, mentor, and friend, he will be dearly missed, but his legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched!
Amy Casciola January 27, 2012 at 01:03 AM
In fact, I think he got all 3 of us Kolenik kids hooked on golf :)
lisa January 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Mr. Moeller was one of the warmest, most caring people that I have ever met. I remember him feeling worse than I did when he had to mark one of my math finals. :) He was so concerned, and wanted to see all of his students succeed. His patience while coaching the girls x country team was endless. Please know that I am very sorry for your great loss, and that when I think about him, I will always smile.
Tina Piette January 27, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Jim was a wonderful, intelligent, funny, "gentle"man, who loved his family. I feel lucky and honored to have been blessed with the opportunity to have shared time with him.
Jim Vogel January 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Thank you coach. Thanks for all the words of wisdom. Thanks for all the good times on and off the course. Thanks for giving of your time to be a positive influence in mine and countless other lives. We were blessed to know you and will remember you always.
Ray Sommerstad February 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Jim - a man of great patience, wit and compassion. Coach of the New York State Championship golf team, many times class advisor and a wonderful math teacher - we were all enriched by his presence - he will be missed by his wonderful family, friends, and community - keep driving Jim.

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