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Franz Mohr

1927 ~ 2022 (age 94)

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Obituary

"Franz Mohr was born in Nörvenich in 1927 as the son of a postman Jakob Mohr and his wife Christina Stork. Since his father got a job at the post office in Düren, the family moved to Düren very early and lived there in the house at Eintrachtstraße 47, today Sachsenstraße. There Mohr experienced the heavy air raid of November 16, 1944. This was a tremendous shock for the young man and the reason for his rejection of God. After the war, however, he met the Scottish pastor Dr. James McFarlane, who was holding a Bible study group in Germany. Franz attended this group, but left unconvinced that there could be any truth in the Bible. McFarlane gave him a Bible and promised to pray for him. After a few months, Franz began reading the Scriptures and became a Christian. There a journey started that would shape his entire life.
On the professional side, an important chapter also began at that time: Franz Mohr turned to music: He first studied at the Academy of Music in Cologne and also studied viola for seven semesters at the Detmold Academy of Music. Recurring tendinitis forced him to abandon his studies. Through an advertisement, he became aware of the piano maker company Ibach in Schwelm, where he began an apprenticeship. In 1956 he moved to the Steinway branch in Düsseldorf. In 1962, another advertisement proved to be decisive: Steinway & Sons in New York was looking for piano technicians. So Franz, now married, emigrated to New York with his Elisabeth and his two sons Peter and Michael; their daughter Ellen was born later in the States. He first became assistant to the chief concert technician Bill Hupfer. Soon he was tuning for Glenn Gould, with whom Hupfer had fallen out of favor because of a carelessness (he had touched him on the shoulder), as well as for Vladimir Horowitz and Arthur Rubinstein. In 1968, after Bill Hupfer's retirement, Franz Mohr became his successor. Now at home in Lynbrook on Long Island, the chief technician of Steinway & Sons, NY accompanied "his" pianists to all important performances and recordings. Vladimir Horowitz never gave a concert without him and without his own instruments, so Franz now traveled the world. In addition, the Mohrs now belonged to the select circle of friends of Vladimir and Wanda Horowitz-Toscanini. In his dealings with the ingenious pianists, Franz Mohr proved to be not only an excellent workman, but also an empathetic advisor and now and then even a counselor. And, of course, he prayed regularly for his artists, which Horowitz, for example, highly credited him for. Franz Mohr officially retired from Steinway & Sons in 1992 although he continued his work with them as a consultant and spokesman at special events. 
In retirement he continued to pursue his passions of music and faith eventually bringing him to the place of writing his autobiography in collaboration with Edith Schaeffer, "My Life with the Great Pianists," which became a great success. Over the next 3 decades, Franz Mohr continued to spread the word of God and his love of music through his book and lecture tours having speaking engagements in music halls, at conferences, and often in churches, sometimes even on Sunday morning as a preacher. His amazing life has been showcased in newspapers, on radio interviews, and even TV appearances making him known worldwide. Above all, he gained an international circle of friends who now mourn him. For numerous people, Franz Mohr was much more than a legend of international concert life. For many people, especially musicians, he became a friend, an encourager and mentor, an intercessor and a great example in faith. For his family he leaves a legacy of Christian faith that will last for generations. 
His passions for music and faith were only eclipsed by his greatest passion, his family. He leaves behind his loving wife of 68 years, Elisabeth, along with their son Michael, daughter Ellen, 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. He will be greeted up in heaven by their son, Peter who went home to be with the Lord in 2019. 
www.franzmohr.com"

 


Services

Visitation
Thursday
March 31, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Visitation
Thursday
March 31, 2022

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Funeral Service
Thursday
March 31, 2022

8:00 PM
Flinch & Bruns Funeral Home, Inc.
34 Hempstead Avenue (corner Peninsula Blvd.)
Lynbrook, NY 11563

Interment

Trinity Church Yard
1142 Broadway
Hewlett, NY 11557

Donations

Samaritan's Purse
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