Michael Peter Moll, Manitowish Waters, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 9, 1932, to Peter and Loretta (Dinschel) Moll. Mike was a proud veteran of the Marine Corps based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and served in the Korean Conflict Era as a tank crewman and leader from September 1949 to December 1952.
Michael married Maren Faith Swanson April 18, 1953; they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Mike and Maren bought their first home in Williams Bay and worked at Yerkes Observatory then later built a farmer’s market and deli on Highway 50, Lake Geneva. They then sold this business and built their own home on South Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, where they created and built their own handcrafted furniture and wood products business called Timber Treasures while Mike also worked at American Motors Company in Kenosha.
Following years of vacationing and owning their own cabin and farmette in Gleason, they traveled farther north to stay at Red Feather Lodge in Manitowish Waters before deciding to follow their dream to purchase their own resort on the Manitowish Chain, Waukegan Lodge on Fawn Lake.
They renamed it Moll’s Timber Lodge in which they ran from 1977 until 1995. Mike also served as town constable, a position he took seriously and was proud of and honored to hold, much to the chagrin of those skiing after dusk while he was on water patrol.
Mike and Molly continued their antique and woodworking business on Highway 51 with their gift shop, Timber Treasures, until retirement. Mike was known to many who stopped by his pole barn where he had a workshop and friends and customers would stop. He would love to visit with them and many became good friends. He was an amazing, self-taught artist and a master at furniture restoration and cane weaving. He used great care and precision as a wood carver of mostly ducks, loons, and other northern birds and was a knowledgeable collector of wildlife prints, fishing lures, and antiques. He would carve many birds and Maren would paint them for sale in their businesses and at craft shows. He was an avid antique and collectibles connoisseur where he would learn about items and purchase at auctions or estate sales and sell at shows or in their stores. His daughter’s home is filled with many of the pieces he restored, built and carved.
Throughout his 36 years of living in the Northwoods, he enjoyed animals and wildlife, gardening, resort life, and working in his workshop. Most of all, Michael loved and was very proud of his family. His sense of humor and operatic voice, among other qualities, will be missed very much by those who loved him.
Michael was preceded in death and will be joined with his mother and father; two brothers, Joseph and George; and mother-in-law, Dorothy Kasmar.
Family he is leaving behind includes his loving wife, Maren “Molly”; children, Jody and Chris Bognar, Joe and Sharon Moll of Manitowish Waters; grandchildren, Joe and Jamie Moll, and Alison “Ali” Bognar; and sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ray Jurkowski of Mountain Home, Ark.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m., at Pinelawn Cemetery, Manitowish Waters.
Rev. Chips Paulson will preside.
Family and friends welcome. Donations may be made in memory of Michael to the charity of one’s choice.
Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services of Woodruff and Minocqua is handling the arrangements.
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“For the Lord does not abandon anyone forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion according to the greatness of his unfailing love.”