Moeller, Jr., Charles Joseph

June 07, 2005

CHARLIE MOELLER, born March 14, 1927 in Baltimore, MD, passed into eternal rest on May 30, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Son of Charles Joseph and Anna Petry Moeller, brother to Eugene L. Moeller of Charleston, SC and Ann Marie Schindler of Baltimore, MD, Charlie was also the beloved brother-in-law to Joan Moeller and Joe Schindler and uncle to two generations of nieces and nephews. At the age of two, Charlie's family left Baltimore for Danville, VA where he grew up and began his education at Forest Hills Elementary School. He continued and completed his education at George Washington High School in Danville and at The Brothers of St. Mary's in Dayton, OH. Following the completion of his education, Charlie joined the Navy in 1945, serving as a Hospital Assistant 1st Class. He completed his military service in 1947. After serving in the Navy, Charlie began his business career by joining the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank in Baltimore. He was subsequently employed by Lithographic Plate Services in Baltimore and eventually joined the Maryland Casualty Company (today a part of American General) where he served as an internal auditor. It was during his years of traveling with Maryland Casualty that Charlie established life long friendships with countless business associates throughout the United States. After retiring from Maryland Casualty, Charlie moved to Key West in 1979 where he became a fixture in both the business and social communities. He enjoyed success in two businesses Michaels, a leading Duval Street nightclub in early 1980s and the Sea Isle, a well known and popular guest house. In 1994, Charlie sold his successful hotel and retired to the beach where he served on the board of his beloved Key West By The Sea condominium community. Charlie enjoyed his involvement in the Key West arts and theater communities. His love for the Conch Republic and eclectic citizenry also inspired his participation, along with that of many local politicians and leading business professionals, in the famed Queen Mother Pageant where as Mona Celeste, he reigned as Queen Mother IV throughout 1986 while helping to raise funds for local AIDS related charities. In 2004, Charlie moved to Fort Lauderdale where he renewed many area acquaintances and began making scores of new friends with his infectious sense of humor and broad smile. In addition to his family, Charlie is survived by countless friends, among them: In Key West- Sally Lewis, Joe Leahy, Liz Kern, Jim and Jack Hendricks, Sam Senia and Jerry Morgan, Randy Roberts, John "Ma" Evans, Eileen Evans, Larry Harvey and Guy Sanderson. In Fort Lauderdale: Rick Bell and Tom Watson, Tony Fortino and Richard Gaeng, Conrad Burnham and Michael Douglas, and Rick Bridges and Greg Mc Kenzie. Elsewhere: Woodrow Bridges, III and family of Bethany, OK, Dale Schwieterline of Sugar Hill, GA, Woodrow , Joey New of Augusta, GA and Paul Cottingham and Michael Cashman of London, England. He was also most recently preceded in death by his dear friend Kathleen Elgin. Following cremation (The Neptune Society of Fort Lauderdale, 954-771-3270), Charlie will be returned to Key West where a memorial service will be held on a yet to be announced date and where is his ashes will be scattered at sea. For those interested in remembering his colorful and inspiring life, Charlie asks that you make generous contributions to your local hospice organization or other charity of your choice. As a life long lover of Broadway musicals, he leaves the following advice to friends and family who will miss him . "Be a clown, be a clown!!!"

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