Carl Mosberg, 97, of Cadillac, Michigan passed away November 7, 2013 in the Chicago area. He is survived by his daughters, Lynn (Bruce) Gingras of Bolingbrook, IL and Mari Mosberg of Denver, CO and granddaughter, Lauren Gingras.
Carl was born June 8, 1916 to Carl and Gertrude Mosberg. He lost his Mom in the flu epidemic of 1918, which led to him being raised by his Dad (Molly) and a wealth of loving Swedish relatives. Being the self driven person that he was, after graduating from high school in 1934 he put himself through Western Michigan College and graduated in 1939. He continued on to attend dental school at the University of Michigan
, graduating in 1943. In that same year, he entered the army's 9th Armored Division, and married the love of his life, Jere Hibst, in Boulder City, Nevada. After his duty abroad and participation in the Battle of the Bulge, he returned to his wife and his hometown of Cadillac where they chose to start their life together. He started his own dental practice on Shelby Street where he worked until his retirement and built caring and loving relationships, which continued beyond retirement and through the rest of his life. Dr. Tom Moriarity continued the practice after Carl's retirement, and has been and remains a very close family friend.
In addition to building a successful dental practice, Carl had a strong commitment to community. Over the years, he served on the board of many corporations and organizations to include Cadillac State Bank, Cadillac Country Club, Caberfae Ski Area, Cadillac School System and St. Ann's Elementary School.
In his spare time, Carl had a passion for working in the outdoors and started several Christmas Tree Farms in the local area. It became an annual holiday outing for the Mosberg family to head to one of the farms, carefully select, cut down, and bring home Christmas trees that were enjoyed in most every room of our house. To this day, his daughters cannot bear to succumb to the artificial tree trend. His love of the outdoors continued throughout his life and he could be found in the yard always with pruning shears close at hand.
Carl was blessed with an accomplished, adventuresome, full and long life. In addition to all his business accomplishments, perhaps Carl was best known for his love of family, quick wit, generosity, love of the sport, killer moves on the tennis court and Swedish stubbornness (which is probably why he lived to the wonderful age of 97)! His sense of humor was always present even up to the last days of his life.
He was a wonderful husband, Daddy, "Papa" and friend. His family was the primary focus of his life. As busy as the man was he always had time to take his daughters waterskiing, snow skiing, biking around the lakes with his family and teaching his girls to play tennis. Throughout his life, he joked about and loved the fact that he was always out-voted by his three favorite girls.
He was a snowbird, taking his family to St. Pete Beach, FL for Spring break every year. In later years, he chose both St. Pete Beach, FL and Sun City West, AZ for his winter homes.
It is hard to think of a sport that Carl did not enjoy either participating in or watching. He was especially known for his passion for the University of Michigan football, M Go Blue!! He traveled as an Alumnus to the Rose Bowl with his family twice to cheer on the team.
As Carl wished Cadillac to be his final resting place, a memorial Mass, short graveside service and celebration of his life will be held in his hometown at a date to be announced later. As his family and dear friends know, Carl loved Cadillac in the Summer. It seems only fitting that the celebration of his life is planned for that time.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made in his name to the
, a devastating disease that contributed to Jere's death.
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