In Memoriam to Daniel Mosler

Contributed by Mathew Sgan

On March 9, 2018, Pamela Landrum and I went to Court C-11 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to participate in the inurement of 1st Lieutenant Daniel Mosler. Daniel served in the U.S. Air Force in Burma and Asia during WWII. The inurement was organized by Tom Sheeran, who had befriended Daniel since his enrollment in film classes taught by Tom at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Queen’s Hospital volunteer leaders and volunteers also attended. They came out of respect for Daniel, who had been a volunteer patient visitor for many years at Queens. They joked about the number of ‘God Bless yous’ he had received for his visitations. Daniel claimed the title of having received the most number of such gratitude. He always attributed his endeavors to raise spirits at the hospital as part of his longevity. He took inspiration from his mitzvot.

Daniel and I had become friends through Congregation Sof Ma’arav. He and his wife, Muriel Mosler, first arrived at Sof in 2006. On one occasion, Daniel and Muriel had moved back to Florida to be closer to their family. Daniel stayed in touch, and upon Muriel’s death, he decided to return to Hawaii. When we greeted one another upon his return, he told me that one of the reasons that he came back was his fond relationship with Sof Ma’arav.

Carolann Biederman and I took Daniel to a December 7 ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. We shared a proud moment when he stood with other WWII veterans to the applause and appreciation of the assembled.

We at Sof were fortunate to have had Daniel with us for so many wonderful Shabbats and festivals. In addition, I had lunch with him on many occasions and engaged him in conversations about his life and military experience.

I and others had the pleasure of greeting him warmly at Shul. His very presence had a positive impact on the tenor of our prayers and communal feeling, for he represented almost 100 years of religious involvement. He added a touch of grace and tradition to our services.

I think I speak for many Sofers when I suggest that his no longer being among those having Aliyahs, sitting upright and attentive to those leading the prayers, and proudly putting on his veteran cap upon leaving Shul, will be some of the things we will miss in his absence.

May his memory be a blessing to Congregation Sof Ma’arav.