Maria Schalmir Moseley

July 22, 1926 ‒ May 16, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Maria “Peppy” Schalmir Kepple Moseley, age 89, of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Whispering Hills Care Center in Mount Vernon.

She was born on July 22, 1926 in Mount Vernon to the late John and May (DeBruyn) Kepple. She was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School in 1948. She attended Otterbein College in 1948 and graduated with a major in music. Maria went to New York City to study music at private lessons. She taught voice at Columbia School for 2 years, and performed in musical shows on WMVO on occasion. She moved to East Cleveland Ohio to work at the public library for a year, and then worked at Cleveland Heights for a year in the library. Maria moved to Richmond, Virginia and worked in radio. She travelled around the country performing vocally.

She came home to take care of her parents and settled into Mount Vernon as her home once again, and worked as a librarian in Mount Vernon for 3 years. After her mother passed away, she took over the book keeping for Kepple Sheet Metal Works, from which she retired after 54 years of service.

Maria attended the Episcopal Church and worked as the church secretary, where she met her husband, Wilfred Moseley. They were married in Los Vegas. She and Will traveled extensively in the United States and were avid followers of the Columbus Owls hockey team.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews. She earned the name “Peppy” by her nieces and nephews because the oldest nephew couldn’t say Kepple, he called her Peppy and it stuck.

Besides her parents, Peppy was preceded in death by her husband Wilfred Moseley; her brother John D. Kepple; and a nephew John W. Kepple.

Peppy loved animals, and adopted many cats and dogs. Her home was a refuge for deer and turkeys.

The family will observe a private graveside service in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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  • Im so sorry to hear about your loss. Death is an enemy that we will never get used to. The heartache and the pain can be very great. We all yearn for a time when death will be no more. The bible provides us with comfort at Revelation 21:4, where it tells us that ‘death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more.’ We look forward to a time when all these things will be done away with.