George E. Moeckel Jr. RUTLAND — George Moeckel Jr., 74, of Palm Bay, Florida, died Oct. 12, 2019, at Holmes Medical Center, due to complications of a heart condition. Before retiring to Florida, George was a longtime resident of Rutland, Vermont. Born in Queens, New York, on March 10, 1945, George was the son of the late George and Florence Moeckel. He grew up in Queens and attended Queens public schools. He graduated from City College of New York, where he earned a BA in education and later earned his MA from Castleton State College. George had a long, honorable and proud military career in the U.S. Army, spanning from 1967 to 2005 and culminating in achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, as well as later taught there. After serving in active duty in Germany from 1968 to 1969 and Fort Drum, New York, in 1994, he continued to serve locally in the Reserves for many years while simultaneously pursuing his teaching career. George is well-known for his 35-year tenure as an industrial arts teacher at Rutland Junior High School, where he touched the lives of generations of students. George could go nowhere in Rutland without a former student recognizing him and saying hello, which always gave him great pleasure. George served on the board of directors for the Heritage Family Credit Union for 19 years. For the past several years, he was on the board for Woodside Condominiums, where he lived with his wife. George enjoyed working on projects around the house, camping with family and friends, sporting events, gardening, swimming, going to the beach and listening to music. Most of all, he loved spending time with family. George is survived by his wife of 52 years, Maureen Moeckel (née Tessar). He leaves a son, George Moeckel III and girlfriend Wendy Payson, of Southampton, MA; a daughter, Sarah Wolf and husband Akhnaton Aguilar, of Rutland; a daughter, Katherine Moeckel and fiancé Jamie Clark, of Swanzey, NH; grandchildren Anya and Akenaton "Aki" Aguilar-Wolf, of Rutland, Alice Clark, of Swanzey, Christopher LaBombard and fiancée Emily Greaney, of Agawam, MA; a great-granddaughter, Ellie LaBombard, of Agawam; a sister, Florence Meyers, of Queens, NY; a brother, Richard Moeckel and wife Christine, of Atlanta, GA; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Kessler. A memorial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the George Moeckel Trade School Scholarship Fund, Rutland City Public Schools, 6 Church St., Rutland, VT 05701. Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 724-2222. Condolences at

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I am sorry to hear of George's passing. "Mr Moeckle" was a kind, informative, and effective teacher. He always had us striving for his "Nicely" seal of approval. I regret not knowing him in my adult years. He left a mark with me!

My sincere sympathy to all.

Tom Calcagni


Maureen & Family -- I am sorry to hear about George. I remember his smile and always positive outlook in life. My prayers and blessings are with you at this time.

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