In loving memory of Jeanne Mozier, a cherished pillar of Berkeley Springs, WV, who peacefully passed away at her home on November 26, 2020, at the age of 75.

Jeanne, known as a “West Virginian by choice,” alongside her beloved husband Jack Soronen, established roots in Morgan County in 1975 when they acquired a farm. Their journey led them to acquire and revitalize the historic Star Theatre, where Jeanne earned the title of the “popcorn empress.” For 42 years, they delighted visitors with their renowned popcorn and warm hospitality until their retirement in the preceding year.

Jeanne’s impact extended far beyond her business ventures. With unwavering dedication and a visionary spirit, she became a driving force in the community’s growth. Through her advocacy for the arts, tourism, and local economic development, Berkeley Springs flourished, earning recognition as “the center of the universe,” a title she proudly bestowed upon her beloved town.

Her influence was felt in numerous spheres as she served on various local boards, including the Morgan Arts Council and the Morgan County Visitors & Convention Bureau, where she played a pivotal role in organizing events like the internationally acclaimed Water Tasting Festival. Jeanne’s commitment to preserving local history led her to establish the Museum of Berkeley Springs and spearhead significant initiatives like the Morgan County Bicentennial project.

Jeanne’s illustrious career and contributions spanned diverse fields, from her academic pursuits at Cornell University and Columbia University to her impactful roles in Washington, D.C., including her service as a Capitol Hill staffer and her involvement with the CIA. She was a prolific author, playwright, political advisor, and renowned astrologer whose wisdom and guidance touched lives far and wide.

Beyond accolades and achievements, Jeanne will be remembered for her boundless generosity, infectious enthusiasm, and profound love for Berkeley Springs. Her legacy as a visionary leader and community champion will continue to inspire generations to come. Rest in peace, Jeanne Mozier, your spirit will forever enrich our hearts and our town.

To honor Jeanne’s memory contributions to MAC will be used to finish building the Ice House, a project that Jeanne had just started. Contributions may be sent to Morgan Arts Council, P.O. Box 248, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, or donate here