January 15, 2022 ~ 13 Shevat 5782
Louis J. Moseson passed away peacefully January 15, 2022 after a several-year decline. He was 97.
Louis was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the only child of Harry and Goldie Moseson. He began piano lessons as a child, and at age 12, placed second in a city-wide open piano competition. His childhood piano studies were the beginning of a lifelong love of classical music. After graduating high school at Male, he was a piano performance major at Indiana University in Bloomington. At IU, he was a proud “Sammy,” a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Jewish fraternity. Louis left school before his senior year to enlist in the army and fight in WW II.
Landing in North Africa, where he contracted malaria, Louis went on to fight in Italy and France. He was an Expert Marksman and carried a 70-pound radio for his unit. Louis saw major combat action and received two Purple Hearts after sustaining shrapnel injuries; his second set of injuries ended his army service, sending him back to the US in a body cast.
Louis’ hand injury prevented completion of his piano performance degree, and he joined his father at Moseson and King, a quality men’s clothing store in downtown Louisville. Following his father’s death in 1959, Louis owned and managed Moseson & King until selling the business in 1977. He was a savvy businessman and an astute buyer who served the tastes of a changing downtown clientele.
After the war, Louis met and married Margaret Flarsheim, and together they raised four children. Even after working six days a week at the store, he was a devoted father who spent his free time with his family.
A talented photographer, Louis had many freelance photo essays published in the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. His artistic hobbies included watercolor and oil painting, furniture making, wood sculpture and printmaking. Louis shared his deep love of the outdoors with his family in hiking, camping, sailing, rock climbing and travel.
Louis took up cello at age 40 and enjoyed playing in chamber music ensembles for many years. Upon his retirement, Louis formed the Kling Chamber Orchestra, a string orchestra for senior musicians, and he went on to conduct it for 34 years. Under his direction, the orchestra performed for area nursing homes and senior centers. Through the Kling Orchestra, Louis enriched the lives of senior musicians as well as their senior audiences.
His love of music extended to composition. Over a three-decade span, Louis composed over 30 works for piano and various string ensembles. He composed in an accessible Romantic style, and some of his works can be heard on YouTube by searching for “Louis Moseson.”
Louis had a passion for and commitment to community service. As president of Children’s Theater, he dramatically increased its audience and financial base. Louis also served as board president for the Louisville Youth Orchestra and as a board member for the Jewish Community Center, The Temple and the American Jewish Committee.
As an American Red Cross volunteer, Louis drove for Wheels, bringing seniors to medical appointments. He also taught map-reading to Wheels drivers. For many years, he coordinated the Louisville Area Chapter’s Disaster Action Team program, dispatching teams of two volunteers to aid families displaced by fires. Red Cross honored him three times as Volunteer of the Year, and in 2005, with their Clara Barton Award for Volunteer Leadership. In addition, he received the WLKY Bell Award for his exceptional volunteer activities in 2007 and the University of Louisville’s Geriatrics Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging in 2014.
Louis was a long-time member of The Temple, and he performed on cello for many of their High Holiday services.
Louis was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Goldie Moseson; his wife of 63 years, Margaret; his son Stephen; brother-in-law Philip Flarsheim; and nephew David Flarsheim. He is survived by children Richard (Chris), Gary (Carol) and Carol Savkovich (Mick); daughter-in-law Becky Boldt; grandchildren Stephen (Christina), Will (Amy), Hannah, Rachel, Kate Savkovich and Peter Savkovich (Alexa); great-grandson Wesley Savkovich; nephew Bill Flarsheim (Georgia) and niece Claire Levine; as well as close family members Lois Flarsheim, Betty Goodman, and many cousins. He will also be missed by devoted caregivers Suzanne Coke and Jetta Cunningham.
An outdoor memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at a time and place still to be determined. Donations in Louis’ memory may be made to the Kling Chamber Orchestra (7207 Deer Ridge Rd, Prospect, KY 40059), Habitat for Humanity of Louisville (), or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, Inc. (502) 458-9569.