Carl Lawrence Bollman

November 26, 1933November 20, 2021

Carl Lawrence Bollman, one of the good guys, passed away on November 20, 2021 after a life well lived. He was 87.

Born November 26,1933, he was the eldest son of Carl and Hilda Bollman. After growing up on a farm outside of Lansing, he served his country in Korea before coming back to finish his studies at Michigan State University and then launch a successful insurance career. His life centered around faith and family. He adored his wife, Janie, and together they built a wonderful life together filled with travel around the world, camping trips across the country, summer days spent on the golf course or at the cottage, and winter days spent on countless card games. He was an avid MSU sports fan and enjoyed joining friends and family to watch the games. Family gatherings were among his greatest joys--particularly spending time with his grandchildren, and he never tired of hearing how each of them were doing. He was also very involved with activities at St.Therese Church, where he and Janie were members for over 60 years, and very involved within the community, as past president of the Downtown Coaches Club, past president of the Lansing Sunrise Rotary Club, and a longtime member of the Rebounders Club and the Knights of Columbus. He lived a full life; true to himself, sustained by his faith, and with a friendly and generous spirit-- he was well loved.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janie; children, John (Karen) Bollman, Jan Bollman, Dan (Stephanie) Bollman, Deb (Don) McSween, and Mike (Mary) Bollman; brother James (Janice) Bollman and sister Josephine Freund; sister-in-law JoAnne Bollman; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and a large extended family. His brother Bob Bollman, sister and her husband Betty and Tom Lehman, sister and her husband Judy and Joe O’Leary, and sister-in-law, Diane Bollman predeceased him.

A funeral mass and a celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 27, at St. Therese Church in Lansing Michigan. A memorial gathering will take place at the church at 10:00 a.m. on that day for the family to meet with friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Vincent Catholic Charities of Lansing, 2800 W. Willow Street, Lansing, MI 48917 or St. Therese Catholic Church, 102 W. Randolph Street, Lansing, MI 48906.


  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities of Lansing
  • St. Therese Catholic Church


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021


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Mary Lott

November 29, 2021

As someone that experienced Carl’s life from a distance, it would be hard not to realize his love for his family and life. Whenever I saw him, he always greeted me with a smile. I’m sending sincere condolences to John, Karen, Chelsea, Katie and all the Bollman family. My interactions with Carl were through his daughter-in-law Karen and their mutual love for each other was so evident and so beautiful, something to be treasured.

Susan Strouse

November 28, 2021

I have very fond memories of Mr. Bollman growing up, as he was very active in the lives of his children and in St. Therese Parish. He lived his faith well, and was often seen with a smile on his face. I know my parents enjoyed spending time with the Bollmans, especially on parish activities. Sending my heart felt sympathies and prayers. Well done good and faithful servant, may your soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Gusti Billips

November 27, 2021

Jane, I am so very sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your family.

Doug Foster

November 27, 2021

to Janie and Family:
So sorry for your loss Janie ! Carl was a great guy! We will all miss him. I was glad to get to see him this fall out on the course at Woodside.
I hope to see you out on the course, more than once, next year Janie!
With deepest sympathy,
Doug Foster

Julie Slabonek Savage

November 26, 2021

To Mike, Mrs. Bollman, and Other Bollman Family Members:

When my mother informed me of Mr Bollman's passing, two thoughts immediately came to my mind....seeing him and Mrs Bollman at church every Sunday at St Therese when growing up, and in later years, friendly hellos between periods walking around Breslin at the MSU basketball games.

Mike- its difficult losing a condolences to you and your family.

Julie Slabonek Savage

Jolene Neilson

November 26, 2021

Dear Jan and the Bollman and family,
Our heartfelt sincere sympathy to all of you in the loss of a wonderful family man. May all the memories you shared and learned from your father give you great comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Sincerely, Jolene and Jeff Neilson

Donald Erickson

November 26, 2021

I first met Carl at one of their MSU football tailgates. He greeted me as though I had been a long-time member of his family. He was always gracious and friendly.

I know his family will be sustained in their grief by many fond and happy memories. I will miss him too.

John Greenslit

November 26, 2021

Bollman Family,
Please accept our deepest condolence and sympathy in the loss of Carl. His constant smile and warm greeting was his greatest asset, as he was a friend, more than a salesman. It was a combination that led to a great life and many memories. He will be missed.
John and Pat Greenslit

Jeff Walser

November 25, 2021

I would like to say how blessed I am to have known Carl in my life. Like Charles Kuhn said, I knew him all of my life. I lived next door to the Bollman’s for the first half of my life. I will always remember popcorn in grocery bags on Friday nights, and waking up on Saturday mornings to silver dollar pancakes; when Charles and I would stay the night with Mike. Carl was a wonderful, loving father to a beautiful family. I always felt welcome, and enjoyed every minute hanging around all of them.
I always envied his strong faith in God! His strong dedication to St. Therese Church, and the multiple other clubs he belonged to. He will truly be missed!!
Other than my late wife, I don’t know anyone else that loved pop corn more than him!!!!

wally dobler

November 25, 2021

To a fellow past president from another many happy days gone by