William J. Moeller, age 95, formerly of Ridgewood, N.J. passed away peacefully on April 28, 2020. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Jeanne (nee: Shaefer), his three children, William L. Moeller (Kim Pins), Barbara Sellitti (Matthew), Jeanne Lambert (Heath) and his grandchildren Bryan Sellitti (Heather), Andrea Sellitti Epperlein (John), Kevin Sellitti (Stephanie Heath), Casey Moeller Patel (Montu), Andrew Moeller (Lindsay), Stephen Moeller (Caylin Brahaney); step-grandchildren Andrew and Amelia Gabriel and great-grandchildren Madison, Emery, Aidan, Kieran, Maya, Shaylin, and Hudson. He was predeceased by his brother Francis Moeller and sister Patricia McGuire.
Bill was born in Ridgewood, Queens, NY in 1924. He initially attended the New York School of Industrial Arts but, as so many did, he soon entered the Army where he fought in Italy for our freedom in WWII.
After his service in the Army, he was a Lithographer by trade working on web printing presses his entire career until his retirement. He was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood NJ for over 60 years. Among other activities in the church, he used his artistic talents painting scenery for church musicals and decorations for other events and talent shows. For years, Bill’s window paintings at Christmas time were the talk of “The Lawns” and made the season complete for so many. He also loved to decorate, and his proudest things were the Creche for the life size Nativity Scene and his much-loved St. Patrick’s Day decorations for the Knights of Columbus yearly dance.
Over his years in Ridgewood, he coached Little League Baseball, served as an umpire (you definitely knew when he was behind the plate!) and coached Junior Football. To this day those grown boys still call him Coach.
Bill also loved entertaining as he and his wife Jeanne performed for many years in Bergen Catholic’s Showtime performances, at various Nursing Homes, and the Paramus Women’s Club. He loved magic and would perform tricks anytime but especially for young children whenever he encountered them; the smiles on their faces were always priceless. He was known as “Mr. Magic” at the Daily Treat restaurant in Ridgewood where Bill and Jeanne had lunch with a small group of special friends every Wednesday for over 20 years.
We never knew if he was telling us a story or a joke - he had plenty - but he kept the family in stitches and his delivery was priceless. Turn on a tune and he would be up dancing.
Dad, Grandpa, Gramps, Our Dancing Partner – we will miss you dearly.
Ring twice when you get home.
Donations can be made to the Roc Solid Foundation for families fighting pediatric cancer at https://rocsolidfoundation.org/donate/
A Memorial Service will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood at a later date.
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