MANISTIQUE - Caroline L. Stoll, 89, of 527 Delta Ave., Manistique, Mich., passed away on April 30, 2014, at her home in Manistique surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of Harry and Leota (Wright) Helberg and was a graduate of McKenzie High School in Detroit.
On Sept. 27, 1947, the former Caroline L. Helberg married Richard F. Stoll in Detroit. They moved to Manistique in 1962 where they made their home and raised their family. Richard preceded her in death on June 13, 1991.
Caroline L. Stoll
Carol was a self-taught artist who generously shared her talent in guiding and teaching others about artwork and creative ventures. She taught painting, soapstone carving and basket making. She could often be seen walking on the beach collecting items for her art work.
Her paintings, stone carvings and other works of art are displayed in many homes, shops and offices throughout the community.
She was a longtime exhibitor at many Upper Peninsula Art Fairs, including those in Manistique, Escanaba and Art on the Rocks in Marquette. Carol was an exhibiting member of the Artisans Gallery in Garden, Mich., and most recently her artwork has been on display at the Lake Effects Gallery in Manistique.
She was an original member of the Manistique Art Club and an original member of the Manistique Art Fair Committee. She was also a member of the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center in Escanaba.
In 2009, the Arts Community recognized Carol's passion and commitment to the arts by presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor continues with an annual "Carol Stoll" award presented at the William Bonifas Art Center annual exhibit.
She was also a longtime member of the Pine Tree Quilters, a member of the Manistique Community Concert Series and a supporter of the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter.
Carol is survived by her sons, Paul (Holly) Stoll and Michael Stoll; daughters, Kathleen (Richard) Spaulding, Martha (Len) Fieber and Mary (Georganne Verigan) Stoll; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Janet Brozik and Melanie Buhr.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter or to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.