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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Betty Nicolai, who passed away on August 15, 2001; and

 5        WHEREAS, Betty Jones Nicolai was born  on  September  17,
 6    1931  in  Chicago,  Illinois;  she  graduated from North Park
 7    Academy and attended North Park College in Chicago; and

 8        WHEREAS, Betty Jones married  Herb  Nicolai  on  June  2,
 9    1951, they are the parents of three children; and

10        WHEREAS,  Mrs.  Nicolai began her newspaper career in the
11    1960's as a part-time reporter  with  Day  Publications;  she
12    later  moved  on  to  Des Plaines Publishing, where she wrote
13    features, theater and restaurant reviews, and a humor column;
14    in addition, she worked in classified advertising  where  her
15    sense  of  humor  surfaced  as  she  conducted a contest that
16    challenged readers to find the bogus ad that she had written;
17    and

18        WHEREAS, Mrs. Nicolai was appointed to  the  position  of
19    Food  Editor for the Des Plaines Publishing Company's Chicago
20    Suburban Times Newspapers in 1985; during her tenure  as  the
21    Food  Editor,  she was able to meet and interview a number of
22    noted chefs and even hosted the  famed  Emeril  Lagasse,  who
23    cooked  a  meal  in  her Des Plaines kitchen; in 1991 she was
24    honored as Food Editor of  the  Year  by  the  Illinois  Beef
25    Council; and

26        WHEREAS,  Mrs. Nicolai began working for Pioneer Press as
27    a food writer in 1995 after Pioneer acquired the Des  Plaines
28    Publishing  Company;  she  served as a food writer for all of
29    the Pioneer Press papers and wrote features for  the  Home  &
30    Design section and for the Schools and Images sections of the
31    North Group papers; and
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 1        WHEREAS, Mrs. Nicolai endeared herself to Pioneer readers
 2    and  her  co-workers  with  her  willingness  to  track  down
 3    recipes,  answer  questions,  and  offer advice to cooks in a
 4    quandary; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mrs. Nicolai was a member  of  the  Des  Plaines
 6    Christian  Science  Church and a music enthusiast who wrote a
 7    number of shows for her husband's barbershop  singing  group;
 8    she  was  also  an  animal lover who, along with her husband,
 9    operated a popular pet sitting service; and

10        WHEREAS, The passing of Betty Nicolai will be deeply felt
11    by all who knew and loved her, especially her husband  of  50
12    years,  Herb Nicolai; her son, Rick (wife, Dana) Nicolai; her
13    daughters, Nancy (husband, Roger) Messman and Lori  (husband,
14    Al)  Barger;  and  her grandchildren, Jorie, Alyssa, and Amy;
15    therefore, be it

17    ASSEMBLY  OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
18    all who knew her, the death of Betty Nicolai of Des  Plaines,
19    Illinois; and be it further

20        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
21    presented to the family of Betty  Nicolai  with  our  sincere
22    condolences.

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