Elisabeth Moser, 85, longtime resident of arts club

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Elisabeth Moser

BY ALBERT AMATEAU  |  Elisabeth Alice Moser, a resident of Pen and Brush, 16 E. 10th St., for 40 years until 2003, died Dec. 4 in Somers, N.Y., at age 85.

Born in Switzerland where she trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse, she came to New York in 1962 when she became a resident of Pen and Brush, a club dedicated to women in the arts.

She moved to an assisted-living residence in Somers in Westchester County eight years ago.

“My aunt loved the Village, attending plays and concerts and watching people in Washington Square Park,” said her niece, Marianne DeBellis, of Malone, N.Y.

Elisabeth continued to work as a psychiatric nurse in New York and in later years worked as a private-care nurse until she retired in the 1990s, DeBellis said.

She was born in Arni, Switzerland, in the canton of Bern where her mother and father, Elise and Ernest Moser, were cheesemakers, her niece said.

“Elisabeth was incredibly generous,” recalled her friend Jill Wright, a former fellow Pen and Brush resident. Once, when Elisabeth learned that a new resident in the building had a relative who needed surgery, she knocked on her door, introduced herself, and offered financial help, recalled Wright, who moved from Pen and Brush in 2008. The club no longer has residential tenants and is selling its 1848 townhouse. Pen and Brush will continue as a women’s arts club at another location, said Dawn Delikat, director of the club’s art gallery.

Joan Barton DeCaro, another former Pen and Brush resident and a friend of Elisabeth’s for nearly 30 years, remembered her generous spirit and her love of theater.

“She was multilingual and spoke German, French and Italian — the official languages of Switzerland,” DeCaro added.

In addition to her niece, two sisters, Ann Marie Moser and Martine Gailloud, both of Switzerland, also survive, as do a nephew, Peter Kueng of Logan, Utah, three grandnephews and a great-grandniece. Two older sisters, Marguerite Kueng of Somers and Verena Moser of Switzerland, died earlier.

“At Elisabeth’s request, there were no formal funeral arrangements, and her family, friends and caregivers are celebrating the joys of Elisabeth’s life,” her niece said.

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