Elmer, Charlotte Mosko

Devoted Bel Air Couple Who Were Married 61 Years And Raised Seven Children Together Die Days Apart

July 02, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

Elmer and Charlotte Mosko's 61-year love affair came quietly to an end last week when they died three days apart in the Bel Air home they had shared for 48 years.

Mrs. Mosko, who was 85, died Wednesday of stomach cancer, and her husband, who was 86, died Saturday of congestive heart failure.

"After she died, he said, 'When you lose one, you know you're going to lose both,' " said a daughter, Jane Volker, who lives in Bel Air.

"They couldn't live without one another, and I think he realized that he was going to be with her very soon," Mrs. Volker said. "He wanted to look at her pictures one more time as her death began to sink in."

The former Charlotte Caroline Frances Kalb, the daughter of a baker-restaurant owner and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in Essex.

"I have always thought it was appropriate that her birthday was Valentine's Day because she always had an abundance of kindness and love to share," Mrs. Volker said.

Mrs. Mosko was a graduate of St. Elizabeth Parochial School, where she earned a diploma from its business department, and during World War II worked for the rationing board in Dundalk.

During those years, she also worked with her three sisters in their father's Eastern Avenue business, Kalb's All-American Restaurant, as a cashier.

Elmer Andrew Mosko, the son of a Lackawanna Railroad engine hostler and a homemaker, was born and raised in Scranton, Pa.

After graduating from high school in 1941, he moved to Essex and went to work as a draftsman at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

In 1944, he joined the Army Air Forces, where he was trained as a navigator. After the war ended, he resumed his career at Martin.

Mr. Mosko, who knew two of his future wife's sisters who also worked at Martin, was a regular customer at Kalb's.

"My mother had had a crush on him for a longtime," said another daughter, Mary Ellen Sullivan of St. Cloud, Minn.

"One Sunday evening when she was working, he came and asked if he could take her out to the movies. Her father said it was all right, and she took off her apron. So they had their first date at the Essex movie theater," Mrs. Sullivan said.

They were married March 29, 1948, and lived in Essex for more than a decade before moving in 1961 to their Bel Air home, where they raised their seven children.

At the end of the war and for more than the next two decades, Mr. Mosko worked on interior designs of aircraft, including life support and escape systems and survival equipment.

Significant aviation projects he worked on included the Martin 2-0-2, better known as the "Martin Executive," a commercial airliner; Martin XB-51 medium jet bomber; and the Gemini space project.

In addition to his job at Martin, during the 1960s and 1970s he worked for Glackin Real Estate Co. in Bel Air, selling real estate at night and on weekends to help with the expenses of his burgeoning family.

After leaving the Martin Marietta Corp. in 1967, Mr. Mosko began working with residential builders. In 1977, he established his own firm, Triarch Construction Co., which he continued to own and operate until retiring in 1989.

In addition to raising her family, Mrs. Mosko volunteered with many Harford County community organizations that helped the infirm and the needy. She was a 40-year member of the Colonial Homemakers Club. She enjoyed baking cookies and making her trademark macaroni and cheese for her grandchildren.

"People of all ages considered her their friend. She had a warm smile and made each person feel welcome in her company," Mrs. Volker said.

"Should someone be in need, she was the friend who was quick to make a meal, offer a ride, or just sit and talk," she said.

Mrs. Mosko was an active parishioner of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, where she was a member of the Altar Guild for more than 40 years.

Mr. Mosko and his wife, whom he called "Charly," enjoyed one another's company and were seemingly inseparable whether it was sharing a cup of coffee at the local Roy Rogers or taking drives into the country looking for antique furniture that they enjoyed refinishing.

They enjoyed taking driving vacations across the country and looked forward to their weekly visit to the farmers' market in York, Pa., where they visited their regular stalls and then had lunch at the Cracker Barrel on the way home.

Both devout Catholics, they were daily communicants at the 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Margaret's during the week, and returned on Sunday. If they were unable to get to church for physical reasons, they watched Mass broadcast from Notre Dame on TV.

A week before her death, Mrs. Mosko was diagnosed with stomach cancer.

"They were truly good people, deeply devoted to each other, their family and faith," Mrs. Volker said. "Along the way, they made strong and lasting friendships and had a wonderful life."

Their caskets stood side by side in their church Monday morning where a double Mass was offered in their memory.

"My brother, John, said, it was a "beautifully sad day,' " Mrs. Volker said. "They were then buried next to each other at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Dundalk."

Also surviving are three sons, Steve Mosko of Thousand Oaks, Calif., John Mosko of Toms River, N.J., and Michael Mosko of Bethesda; two other daughters, Tess Gauthier of Bel Air and Elizabeth Ulrich of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Mrs. Kalb's brother, Joseph Kalb of Essex; her sister, Mary Furth of Abingdon; and 24 grandchildren.

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