LOMBARD – A project that will honor and memorialize the late Village President Bill Mueller in Lombard is about a third of the way through its fundraising efforts, said Mueller’s daughter Donna Fruehe.
Last spring, the Community Memorial Site for the William “Bill” Mueller project was announced, and is a way to honor Mueller, who served as village president in Lombard for almost 20 years, with a gazebo built in his memory.
The gazebo will be built on the property of the Victorian Cottage Museum, 23 W. Maple St.
“A group of Lombard citizens came to our family and asked if we would allow it to proceed,” Fruehe said. “What a perfect way to honor my father for all of his years of service to Lombard.”
The project is budgeted at about $30,000 and will be covered exclusively through donations. About a third of this money has been raised, and Fruehe said the goal is to break ground on the gazebo next spring or summer.
She said a gazebo is a great tribute to her father because it’s a place where people can gather and enjoy nature, things that were important to Mueller.
“My dad loved Lombard, he loved being outside, he loved talking with people and being social with the community,” she said.
As a lifelong Lombard resident, Mueller served almost five full terms as village president.
He died in August 2012 from complications with West Nile Virus and blood cancer.
Shortly after his death, the Lombard Board of Trustees approved term limits for the village’s elected officials, a move that guarantees Mueller will forever be know as Lombard’s longest standing village president.
The Mueller family and other community members involved in the project plan to host a fundraiser this winter to generate excitement for the project.