Alesia Cruchley Mogul of Coral Gables died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. A rare and aggressive cancer took her life at the age of 66. Born Alesia Ann Cruchley Sept. 28, 1947 in Wilmington, Del., to Catherine Elizabeth and Allan Roy Cruchley (both deceased), she was the youngest of three siblings. Alesia grew up in Middletown, Del., and attended Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del., and Marymount College in Boca Raton, Fla., before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, N.M.
Alesia served as the director of the YWCA in Newark, Del., before joining the United Way of Delaware in Wilmington, Del. She went on to become campaign director for the Lake Area United Way based in Griffith, Ind., and a senior executive with the United Way of Cleveland. Through United Way, she met Harve Alan Mogul and they were married Aug. 9, 1981, in Greenville, Del. Their first son, Elliott Cruchley Mogul, was born in Bath, Maine in 1983. Following his birth, Alesia became a fulltime mother, her most cherished job of all. Five years later, their second son, Maxwell Cruchley Mogul, was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. Alesia devoted her life to raising her two sons, encouraging them to be their very best and instilling in them the same sense of fairness and compassion by which she lived her own life.
After moving to Miami in 1990, Alesia quickly became involved in the community as a volunteer, with a particular focus on service to individuals with intellectual challenges and on quality education for all students. Alesia’s experience with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools included service on the Schools of Choice and Attendance Boundary Committees, and she was PTSA president at Coral Gables Senior High School and George Washington Carver Middle School. She served as vice president of the board and on the executive committee for Our Pride Academy and as vice chair for human services on the executive committee for Goodwill Industries of South Florida. Alesia also served on the United Way of Miami-Dade Women’s Leadership Council and the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Mailman Center Advisory Council, and was a sustainer in the Junior League of Miami. A former member of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Gala Committee, Alesia enjoyed beginning every day with a beautiful walk around the gardens.
Alesia is survived by her husband Harve, who serves as president and CEO of United Way of Miami-Dade; son Maxwell, a student at Our Pride Academy; son Elliott, an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C.; son-in-law Jeffrey E. Sandberg, an attorney at the U. S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C.; sister Kathleen C. Kobus of Delaware; brother Philip A. Cruchley and sister-in-law Fay Cruchley of Delaware; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Services were held for Alesia on Wednesday, October 9 in Miami, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alesia Cruchley Mogul Memorial Fund at the United Way of Miami-Dade (3250 SW Third Ave., Miami, 33129) and/or to Our Pride Academy (10100 SW 107th Ave., Miami, 33176).