Today I lost the great love of my life. For 55 years my strong, kind, compassionate, and lovely wife Pat stood by my side through thick and thin. She was my steadfast rock and the constant in the Pradel family’s world. She was the silent champion of Naperville, supporting me and caring for our family when my duties as Mayor kept me away from home and out in the community. Her love for this community was strong and genuine, if not always front and center in the public eye.
Pat and I shared a deep faith, and that faith gives me comfort and hope as my family and I walk a new path in these coming days and years. I ask all of you to pray for Pat and my family. Cherish your loved ones and tell them often that you love them, because time together goes all too quickly. While I’m profoundly sad and heartbroken today, I smile in thanks and gratitude knowing I am beyond blessed and lucky. Blessed to have been graced by a love that I can hardly put words behind and lucky to have had the joy of loving Pat. Her memory is my guiding light and her legacy now a finished chapter in our City’s story.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and sympathy, both throughout Pat’s illness and now. Your words are a comfort and a testament to Naperville’s character of coming together during the tough times. My family and I appreciate your support and wishes and wish all of you the same kind of happiness Pat brought to our lives.
-A. George Pradel
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