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Josephus "Jos" J. H. P. Muffels, 1953 - 2024
Adventurer, Craftsman, Loving Husband
March 26, 2024

Obituary and life story submitted by the family

osephus Jacobus Herman Paulus Muffels, beloved husband, brother(-in law), (great)-uncle, and friend, passed away peacefully on March 18, 2024.
Jos Muffels.

Jos and affectionately known as “Grunkle Jos” or “Jossie” to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, lived a life marked by passion, ingenuity, a deep love for his wife Diana, his family, and certainly adventure.

Born on April 5, 1953 in the Netherlands, he embraced every moment of his journey with unwavering courage and enthusiasm for life.

Jos’ adventurous spirit found expression through his love for tinkering, sailing and boating. He found solace and joy in the open waters, where he spent time navigating the seas. His passion for exploration extended beyond the shores, as he worked and traveled far and wide, enriching his life with diverse experiences and cultures.

In fact, it was in Bangladesh that he met and married his wife Diana, the love of his life.

Diana and Jos Muffels enjoying lunch and the Pamlico Sound, 2019.

A man of remarkable talent, Jos was an accomplished engineer. He dedicated himself to the pursuit of knowledge, constantly seeking innovative solutions. His contributions to the field of engineering, such as his work on the Potomac Bridge, the Washington Convention Center and the Extension of the Metro system in Washington DC are a testament to his brilliance and dedication.

Among Jos’ greatest joys was the creation and expansion of his coastal Pamlico home, where he poured his heart and soul into every detail. His vision and craftsmanship transformed the house into a sanctuary of warmth and hospitality, where he and Diana welcomed family and friends as they gathered to create countless cherished memories.

Jos’s legacy of love, generosity, wonderful sense of humor and kindness will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife, Dr. Diana R. Silimperi-Muffels, his sisters, Ted(die), Marie -Josée and Jacqueline, and his in-laws. On both sides of the ocean his nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and countless friends will forever know his name and the story he wrote including them all.

Jos camping in West Virginia, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Caring House (Durham, NC), National Kidney Foundation, or ECU Health Foundation: Transplant Program, in honor of Jos’ memory.

A celebration of Jos’ life will be held locally, in York, PA, and in the Netherlands. Those services will be announced through Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.

Though he may have set sail on his final voyage, Jos’ spirit will continue to guide us, reminding us to embrace life’s adventures with courage and passion.

Rest in peace, dear husband, brother, uncle and friend. Your legacy will forever shine bright in our hearts.

Condolence visiting with Diana set for April 10-13, between 2-6p at her home.

Posted Tuesday March 26, 2024 by Allison DeWeese

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