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Obituary: Paula Hubkova Moss

June 22, 1925~May 12, 2022

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on June 22, 1925, Paula Hubkova Moss died peacefully on May 12 at Sunrise Senior Living, Highland Park. Paula’s father was a Senator in the Czechoslovak legislature, and she was 13 when the German army occupied Czechoslovakia. During the war she avoided Nazi labor conscription by working in a Czech factory office. When the war ended, she and a cousin traveled to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, to watch General Patton’s Army on parade. This led to an opportunity to work for the US Army in Heidelberg, where she met Capt. Richard H. Moss of Chicago, an event that profoundly and happily shaped the rest of her life. They married June 19, 1947, in Prague, and remained dedicated to each other until Dick’s death in May 2000.

Paula’s life in the United States began in 1948 in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where Dick launched what was to be his lifetime career with NBC-Chicago, and the first two of their three children were born. In 1957 they bought property in what was then the very rural outpost of Riverwoods and started to build a home, one paycheck at a time. Their third child was born, and soon thereafter, Paula’s mother, “Babi,” immigrated from Prague to join the family and help to manage the household. In addition to the family home and community in Riverwoods, in the late 1970s, Dick and Paula put up a small lakefront cottage in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, and established many lifelong friendships in northern Door County. 

Babi’s arrival allowed Paula to begin to work outside the home. Her first career was as a librarian — at the Highland Park Public Library, with Deerfield School District 110, and at Trinity College. Later in life she became a highly successful licensed Realtor on Chicago’s North Shore, remaining professionally active into her 90s. 

Upon the death of her husband in 2000, Paula started a new chapter of her life in Highland Park. She purchased a condo in the newly minted Town of Fort Sheridan, where she enjoyed daily walks to the lake front and entertaining a steady stream of new and long-time friends, both young and old.

Paula will be remembered for her irrepressible spirit, her love of travel and the arts, her resilience and independence, her physical and mental energy, her curiosity, and her many friends. She was a Renaissance woman and life-long learner, taking up diverse pursuits with Dick including breeding standard poodles, golf, tennis, biking, cross-country skiing, and bridge. She was also an avid reader and kept fully abreast of what was going on in the world by reading both US and Czech newspapers daily. Paula loved the United States and the opportunities it offered, enthusiastically displaying her patriotism and voting in every election she could. She was a longtime member of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Deerfield, Trinity Episcopal Church in Highland Park, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay, as well as many civic organizations.

Survivors include her children, Anna Moss (Michael DuPre’), Richard Moss (Dina), and Elizabeth Bailey (James); 4 grandchildren (Steve Dean, Katie Dean, Michael Moss, and Sara Moss-Pech), and two great grandchildren (Matthew Moss and Eleanor Moss-Pech).