2018-02-15 / Front Page

Long time Grand Blanc builder leaves legacy of quality homes


This image from a brochure provided by the Moceri Company credits Moceri as the “pioneer of the master planned community”. This photo shows his first success at the ribbon cutting of Bella Vista in Grand Blanc city, still one of the most popular areas for homeowners. 
Photos provided This image from a brochure provided by the Moceri Company credits Moceri as the “pioneer of the master planned community”. This photo shows his first success at the ribbon cutting of Bella Vista in Grand Blanc city, still one of the most popular areas for homeowners. Photos provided DETROIT — Dominic S. Moceri, who built more than 35,000 homes in the area and around the state, passed away of natural causes amongst his loving family at his Florida residence on Feb. 7.

Moceri graduated from De La Salle Collegiate High School, according to a brochure which chronicles his history provided by his company. Moceri started his career in real estate while still in college and when transportation evolved to the point where expressways were needed, he saw what the future held and took the opportunity to build in Grand Blanc, considered then and now, as a key hub connecting Lansing, Flint, Detroit and Ann Arbor.


An article from the from the November 14, 1968 Grand Blanc News details the opening of the Kirkridge subdivision built by Dominic Moceri. 
Photos provided An article from the from the November 14, 1968 Grand Blanc News details the opening of the Kirkridge subdivision built by Dominic Moceri. Photos provided A master planner, Moceri’s organization expanded in the ‘60s and ‘70s and he developed a good reputation throughout southeast Michigan. Currently the family legacy is being carried on by sons Dominic, Frank, Mario, Buster, Mike and Jerry.

In addition to Kirkridge and Bella Vista, township officials cited Concord Green, Hillcrest, Oak Hill, Green Valley, Wishing Well, Sandalwood, and Knollwood Apartments as Moceri developments. Moceri was the beloved husband of Frances (nee Grillo) for 60 years, loving father of Sebastian, Michael (Beverly), Jerome (Deborah), Dominic J. (Anna), Mariano (Maria) and Frank. Proud grandfather of 19 and loving great grandfather of 10. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18 at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons, Inc. (Shelby Twp.), 54880 Van Dyke at 25 Mile. Funeral mass is 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester. Entombment is at White Chapel Cemetery.


Dominic Moceri Dominic Moceri Moceri was a Hall of Fame builder and developer of residential communities in southeastern Michigan. He was born in 1931 in Detroit. Moceri was known as the "Silent Giant" and forever changed the landscape of the region during the building boom of the post-war economy in Detroit. Led by his father Sebastian "Buster" Moceri, Dominic realized growth would take off in the suburbs.

When the federal highway construction boom extended I-75 up through the middle of Michigan, he realized people would be able to quickly travel longer distances from home to work. Together, he and his father acquired prime parcels of land throughout southeast Michigan, which would become homes for generations of Michigan families.

Moceri later teamed up with his in-laws in the Grillo, Palazzolo, Lombardo and Chrico families. Later in life, giving back to the community became the cornerstone of Moceri's legacy. Through philanthropy, Dominic and Frances assisted families in becoming healthier, safer, cultured and educated. Beneficiaries of their giving included: Beaumont Health, the National MS Society, The Weizman Institute of Science, National Holocaust Museum, Innovation Hills Special Sensory Playground for the Disabled, various Catholic charities, community parks, Paralyzed Veterans of America Michigan Chapter, The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township, De Lasalle Collegiate High School, Italian American Cultural Society, charter benefactors of The Oakland University School of Medicine, the Rainbow Connection (making dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses), Oakland Church and clean water initiatives in Nigeria.

Moceri has often been quoted as saying with his bright smile, "I have never been poor by the nature of giving." — P.S.

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