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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are  saddened  to  learn  of  the passing of
 4    Harold and Margaret Moser of Naperville, who passed  away  in
 5    December, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Harold  and  Margaret  Moser  met  in  1942 and
 7    married in 1949; the Mosers were  an  incredibly  influential
 8    couple   in   Naperville,   and   their   many  philanthropic
 9    contributions include a one million dollar  donation  to  the
10    Millennium Carillon and land donations to build four Catholic
11    churches and St. Patrick's Residence in Naperville; and

12        WHEREAS,  The  Mosers  shared  a deep religious faith and
13    were members of  the  Saints  Peter  and  Paul  Church;  they
14    received many church honors and awards and were inducted into
15    the  Equestrian  Order  of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at
16    the request of Pope John Paul II in 1982; and

17        WHEREAS, Harold Moser was born November 30, 1914, in Fort
18    Wayne, Indiana; he moved  to  Naperville  in  1916  with  his
19    family and graduated from Naperville High School in 1933; Mr.
20    Moser  attended  North Central College in Naperville but left
21    after two years and started his own newspaper, the Naperville
22    Sun, which he sold one year later in 1936; and

23        WHEREAS, In 1941, Mr. Moser purchased a  Naperville  coal
24    yard  and converted it into a lumber yard in 1944 to meet the
25    housing demand after World War II;  in  1949,  he  began  his
26    career   as   a  developer  by  building  homes  in  McIntosh
27    Highlands; his first development, Forest Preserve, proved  to
28    be  wildly successful and sparked Mr. Moser's five decades in
29    real estate; and

30        WHEREAS, From 1959  to  1962,  Mr.  Moser  developed  the
31    Maplebrook  and  Cress  Creek subdivisions and the Naperville
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 1    Plaza shopping center; in 1987, he developed the White  Eagle
 2    subdivision and country club; and

 3        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Moser's  accomplishments  as  a  developer
 4    earned  him  the nickname "Mr. Naperville"; he developed more
 5    than  7,400  lots  throughout   Naperville,   including   the
 6    exclusive  neighborhoods Aero Estates, White Eagle, and Cress
 7    Creek, where he and his wife resided; and

 8        WHEREAS, Mr. Moser was a risk taker, but he  also  had  a
 9    keen  sense of what could work and what could not; he set the
10    standard for other developers and was the first to give  land
11    for  swim  clubs  and parks; Mr. Moser gave money and land to
12    schools before State law required developers to do so; and

13        WHEREAS, Mr. Moser's decisions were always  fair  and  in
14    the best interests of the communities; he had a dry wit and a
15    genial  sense  of  humor,  but for all his success, Mr. Moser
16    remained modest; and

17        WHEREAS, One of Mr. Moser's favorite  loves  was  playing
18    cards, specifically Pitch; and

19        WHEREAS, Harold Moser passed away December 17, 2002; and

20        WHEREAS,  Margaret  Moser  was  born January 30, 1913, in
21    Wheaton; she grew  up  in  Wheaton  and  graduated  from  the
22    University  of  St.  Francis  of  Joliet;  she  was  a  major
23    beneficiary of the college since her graduation and served on
24    its  board of trustees for several years; Mrs. Moser received
25    an honorary doctorate degree from Benedictine University; and

26        WHEREAS, Mrs. Moser met Harold Moser in 1942 through  the
27    young-adults club sponsored by Catholic parishes; and

28        WHEREAS,  Although  she  was not actively involved in her
29    husband's business, Mrs. Moser was truly the woman behind the
30    man, preferring to stay in the background and take  the  role
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 1    of devoted wife and help mate; and

 2        WHEREAS,  Margaret  Moser  was a very private, quiet, and
 3    reserved person with a unique sense of humor  that  she  only
 4    let  close  friends  and family see; she was very intelligent
 5    and everything she said was insightful; and

 6        WHEREAS, A great cook and generous woman, Margaret  Moser
 7    was  famous for her grape pies, and she loved to throw lavish
 8    parties and brunches at her home; and

 9        WHEREAS, Margaret Moser passed away December 24, 2001,  a
10    week  after  her husband's death; she and her husband will be
11    deeply missed by all those who  knew  them  and  loved  them,
12    especially  her  sister,  Gertrude Welch; her brother, Joseph
13    (Carol) Donovan; her 20 nieces and nephews; and her caregiver
14    of eight and one-half years, Elenita Librojo;  therefore,  be
15    it

18    we mourn, along with all those who knew them and loved  them,
19    the deaths of Harold and Margaret Moser of Naperville; and be
20    it further

21        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
22    presented to families of Harold and Margaret Moser  with  our
23    most sincere condolences.

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