Hazel Moore-MusserWarwick music teacher, Moravian choir director

By on August 24, 2011

Hazel Moore-Musser

Hazel Windle Moore-Musser died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at the United Zion Retirement Community in Lititz.

Hazel was the daughter of Harold G. and Christelle E. Jebb Windle and spent her childhood years in the Highland Township and Cochranville area of Chester County. She was the wife of the late J. Howard Moore, who died April 14, 2008. Hazel later met Richard Musser and the couple married on Nov. 10, 2009.

Hazel graduated from Cochranville High School in 1941 and as a music major from West Chester State College in 1944, when she sang the honor solo at her commencement.

She taught music at the Warwick Township Schools from 1957 until she retired in 1981. She continued teaching as a substitute in three nearby districts.

She discovered music as a junior in high school and was in demand as a soprano soloist at private and public functions. She was director of the youth choirs of the Lititz Moravian Church from 1963 to 1974, as well as a member of the senior choir. She sang with the Lancaster Opera Workshop and served as treasurer of the Lancaster Opera Company Associates. During her college years she had her own half-hour weekly program on radio station WDEL in Wilmington, Del., being introduced as "the lovely Lea Windell." She was a soloist for the Moravian Christmas Vigils, the senior choir and at local retirement facilities. Hazel was a dedicated teacher and was an inspiration to thousands of children and young adults over the years.

Her personal spirituality and strong faith and trust in God were evident as a member of the Lititz Moravian Church. She was active as a Red Cross volunteer at the Lancaster General Hospital and was also a judge of elections in the Warwick voting district.

Hazel’s positive outlook and fun loving attitude made her an inspiration for family and friends. Memories of times with Hazel will be treasured by us all.

Surviving in addition to her loving husband, Richard, are her daughter: Lisa Moore Bell, of West Chester; her sister: Jane Paynter, of Connecticut; her granddaughter: Jennie Papakonstantinou; and great-grandson: Konstantine Papakonstantinou.

She was preceded in death by her son: Joseph Jebb Moore; and her brother: William J. Windle.

Hazel’s life celebration was held at the Lititz Moravian Church on Aug. 22, with the Rev. Dean R. Jurgen officiating. Interment took place in the Moravian Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Hazel’s memory to Lititz Moravian Church, 8 Church Square, Lititz.

Spacht Funeral Home, Lititz, is handling the arrangements. To share fondest memories of Hazel, visit lifecelebration.com.