Michael Allen Molnar, age 70, of Elgin, passed away on February 23, 2021. He was born April 4, 1950 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents, Andrew and Virginia Molnar (née Sabo).

Michael earned a Bachelors Degree in Education at Southern Illinois University in 1973. He worked as a teacher at a private school, and also as an Athletic Official for 22 years.

Michael met his wife, Pam, in college. They were married for 19 years until her death in 1994.

Michael enjoyed model railroading. He also liked playing baseball and was very good at it. He could throw out a runner from left field, and he made catching the long, high flies look easy.

A funny story often laughed about is how Michael once somehow managed to hang his brother, Jim, on a chainlink fence. It left some interesting injuries!

Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Molnar; and his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Molnar; brothers, James (Deborah), Ronald, and Steven (Diane) Molnar; cousins, June, Claire, Bill, Keith, Cheryl, Wayne, and Grant; nephew, Jonathan (Colleen) Molnar; and niece, Diana (Will) Zagorski.

Visitation will be 5:00pm to 9:00pm, with funeral service at 7:00pm, Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120. Pastor Scott Swanson will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 983 5409 7170, Password: 231891).

Interment will be 11:00am, Thursday, March 11, 2021 at Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60120.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Michael’s name to the Rett Syndrome Foundation.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

6 Replies to “Michael Allen Molnar”

  1. I love the “Big Guy!” He, Pat Hudgens, & I
    Attended Southern Illinois University. & were in the Physical Education Department..”Our deep blessings Jim & JoAnn Schindler

  2. God Bless Mike up in Heaven with his Wife!

  3. Thoughts and prayers with Mike’s family. May he RIP. God Bless.

    1. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Mike’s family! R.I.P. Mike!

  4. Condolences to the family and friends! I always enjoyed visiting with Mike.

  5. Condolences from my wife Debbie & I.
    I attended SIU every home SIU basketball game back in the early 70’s, as my parents who lived near there had season tickets. I saw Mike play from time to time. He was not a starter but he was off the bench to relieve a Big when he got in foul trouble. Mike was my mentor in officiating and then later years we work together many varsity games. Mike has a tendency I still want to “T” up a coach for a little reasons. Just something Mike like to do. I told him he wasn’t allowed to “T” up the coaches anymore when he officiated with me as he was getting me in as much trouble as it did himself.
    It all didn’t seem to bother him. We used to get a few laughs on the way home.
    Mutual friends Joe Karasewski and myself officiated Mike’s last game in the little 10 conference tournament just about three years ago. It is sad looking back on that now.
    All in all Mike was an excellent basketball official in many ways. I never saw him umpire a baseball game but I’m sure he was equally as good. I look forward to seeing him on the other side. Miss you already Mike.

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