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“We are so sorry to hear the passing of your father. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, Gloria and Dale ”
1 of 23 | Posted by: Gloria Dowell/Dale Allen - WI

“Mr. Moriarty had the wonderful ability to make each of his students feel that they were important and valuable. He brought out the best in us and...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Ron & Sharron (Alberts) Schmidt - MN

“I am very sorry for your loss and will remember you and your family in my prayers. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Thompson - North Branch, MN

“To Dan and all the Moriarty family, We want to express our condolences and let you know are thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Mary Donkers - COTTAGE GROVE, MN

“Having the gift that inspires a reluctant stundent into wanting to learn, is the mark of a great teacher. One such teacher was Mr. Moriarty...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Richard John Stocker

“Mr Moriarty brings back such peaceful and loving memories. He exemplified what teaching was about. I was always amazed that he not only taught...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Mary (Neuman) Jackson - MN

“The gold medal standard for teaching. Mr. Moriarity`s name is mentioned so often when his students come togather you might think he was our dad ...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Jim Juaire - Burnsvllle, MN

“Hey, Tom: I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. Remember the good times. Treasure the memories - that is what I hold on to with my Dad. God...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Melody R. Goldbloom - MN

“Having had the pleasure to know Steve for nearly twenty five years and also hearing about his remarkable family, both Pam and I pray that good...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Geoff Eitland - Kansas City, KS

“Dear Tom I am sorry for the loss of your father. After reading some of the stories its sounds like he was a unique wonderful man. Sincerely ...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: DOROTHY - STANCHFIELD, MN

“Sorry for your loss of your father and grandfather and all the other relatives and friends. Daniel was a wonderful man and always took care of...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Glander - Mazeppa, MN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Marlin & Karen Graves

“Best Substitue teacher ever... Loved all his grandpa stories!!! He will be missed and talkd about by sooo MANY!!! <3 ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Heather DaCunha - Woodbury , MN

“Jack Schwandt called today regarding Daniel's passing. I am grateful for the pleasant times I spent with Mrs. M. and her family. My...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Berentje Pohlman - Enderlin, ND

“when i lived up their, i remember mowing his year for money in the summer, and the grandpa stories when he was my sub teacher ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Thomas Allen - Picayune, MS

“What an incredible person. I'll never forget the Grandpa Stories. It was a blessing to have known him. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Carrie Jenkins - phoenix, AZ

“Heaven just got a little bit brighter and a lot more fun. Thank you Mr. Moriarty for being such a loving teacher and incredible lover of life. ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Becca Ketchum - Stillwater, MN

“It takes a special person to be a substitute teacher in a high school but it takes a truly remarkable person to sub and be fondly remembered more...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Stephanie - St. Louis Park, MN

“Mr. Moriarty was AWESOME!!! I used to love his Grandpa Stories. It's something when a substitute gives you your fondest memories from high school. We...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Ava Johnson - GA - Student

“My husband and I both had Mr. Moriarty as substitute teachers. It was always a blessing when we had him as our teacher. His stories and his love for...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Lien / Wimpling - Blaine, MN, MN

“Awesome guest teacher and awesome person...the Lord is saying now -- we'll done good and faithful servant ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: Paul Krumrie - MN

“Mr. Moriarty was one of two substitute teachers that marked my high school experience. Lots of prayers of gratefulness for his long life and and the...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Ashley Templeton - Thornton, CO

“Mr. Moriarty was one of two substitute teachers that marked my high school experience. Lots of prayers of gratefulness for his long life and and the...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Ashley Templeton - Thornton, CO


Daniel P. Moriarty, age 88 of Cottage Grove, died peacefully on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Norris Square Presbyterian Home in Cottage Grove. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Friday, February 22, 2013 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Avenue, St. Paul Park. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Kok Funeral Home, 7676 – 80th Street S, Cottage Grove and also one hour prior at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Daniel Patrick Moriarty, was born in 1924 in Paducah, Kentucky, to John and Margaret (Cargill) Moriarty. His mother died when he was four, and his father, when he was six. He was then adopted by his father's younger brother, Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth, who lived in Enderlin, North Dakota. Dan graduated from high school in 1942 and accepted a scholarship from St. Thomas College in St. Paul. Later, in November he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in the South Pacific, where he fought in two battles, Guam and Iwo Jima, receiving Naval and Presidential Citations. He returned to St. Thomas College in 1945, and married Esther I. Horst in 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He graduated in 1948 with honors and began his teaching career at Morris, MN, then accepted an English position at St. Paul Park High School in 1954. In 1966 he was selected by his school board and Kent State University to study education behind the Iron Curtain in Leipzig, Germany; Prague, Bucharest, and Moscow. He was nominated for Minnesota State teacher of the year in 1967. Also, in 1967, he joined the staff of the Minnesota Education Association, becoming an executive until he retired in 1982, when he founded "the Moriarty Clan" a world-wide family-name newsletter with subscribers in ten countries and 48 states. After two tours of Ireland, he wrote The Moriarty Story and became president of the Irish Genealogical Society, International. At age 65, he became a substitute teacher in five districts for ten years and was famous for his "grandpa stories." He then became a freelance writer of eight published works and nine self-published pieces. His focus was always on his family and loved to spend time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved animals, and was a dedicated and active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Dan's family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Norris Square, as well as HealthEast Hospice and Dr. Todd Smith and staff at HealthEast Cottage Grove for giving their dad such wonderful care and attention. He is survived by his children, Peggy (Gary) Nelson, Tom (Terri) Moriarty, Mary (Fran) Graves, Steve (Barb) Moriarty, Patt (Rob) Rowland, Dan (Maurreen) Moriarty; grandchildren, Barb (John), Aaron (Liesl), Brian (Diana), Jeff (Lis), Greg, Michelle (Jason), Angie (Zach), Mike, Kaci, Jacob, Kelly, Scott (Kris), Sean (Jessica), Erinn; great-grandchildren, Sam, Max, Grace, Anna, Luke, Amanda, Jackson, Jillian, Deja, Zander and Gwenivere; brother, John (Dee) Moriarty; and brother-in-law, Gordon (Marietta) Horst. He is preceded in death by his wife and companion for 65 years, Esther; parents, John and Margaret Moriarty; infant son Joseph; Uncle Joe and Aunt Bess; son-in-law, Gus Hofschulte.

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