Wilma Hugh Rollstin
March 4, 1927 – January 20, 2021
Wilma (Billie) Hugh Rollstin, daughter of Frank and Fannie Shields, was born on a farm near the village of Siam, Iowa on March 4, 1927 and passed away from natural causes on January 20, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. Billie graduated from New Market, Iowa High School in 1944 and later graduated from Michigan State University. She was a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. On October 18, 1947, Billie married Robert (Bob) Rollstin and they enjoyed 61 years of marriage together. They lived in Iowa City for 6 years, during the time Robert attended the University of Iowa Medical School. Billie was a teacher in a one room county schoolhouse during this time and she reflected on this experience as a special period in her life. After Robert graduated from the University of Iowa, they resided in Honolulu, Hawaii while Robert completed his medical internship with the United States Army at Tripler Army Hospital. They moved to Okemos, Michigan in 1954, met lifelong friends on Ardmore Street, and moved to East Lansing in 1960. Billie was a Master bridge player, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, all forms of word puzzles, and always had a jig saw puzzle in process on a folding card table that was never far away. She most enjoyed her years at the family cottage on Lake Missaukee, in Lake City, Michigan, where she enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, morel mushroom hunting, playing bridge with her partner Betty Fechter, and countless social gatherings with family and friends. After Robert’s retirement from Oldsmobile in 1979, they moved to Southwest Florida, where they enjoyed 28 years together in Cape Coral and Fort Myers. They returned to Michigan in 2008 to be closer to family. Billie was preceded in death by Robert, her parents, her brother Reid Shields and his wife Waive, her sisters Betty Crawford and her husband Clark, and Ruth Shreck and her husband C.J. Billie is survived by her three children Bobbie Frank Comisar (Bruce), Gerry Ann Larkin (Chuck), and William Arthur (Lisa), and three grandchildren, Clayton Schubring, Jenna Rollstin, and Will Rollstin, whom she loved with all her heart. Billie donated her body to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for educational purposes. She will be interred at Shearer Cemetery in Page County, Iowa, which is only a mile from where she was raised on her family’s small Iowa farm. Her memorial will be held at Shearer Cemetery. A lover of all small animals with four legs and in lieu of flowers, Billie asked that donations be made in her honor to the Shiawassee County Humane Society, 2752 West Bennington Road, Owosso, Michigan 48867; https://www.shspets.org/donate. As a smart pragmatic farm girl raised in Iowa during the 1920s and 1930s, after receiving word from family or friends of some significant happening, Billie would often remark, “That is the way it goes.” She was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
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Wilma Hugh Rollstin
January 28, 2021
To the Rollstin Family,
My mother, Dona (Foster) Cade was Billie's teacher at Siam School from 1939-1941. They formed a life long friendship. Dona passed in November 2017, and I am still going through her pictures, papers, documents, etc. and yesterday I came across a letter Billie had written Dona probably in 2005. I checked the Internet to see if i could locate Billie and discovered she had just passed. I send my condolences. It's always hard to lose a loved one, but during this pandemic it's especially difficult I imagine.
Janet (Cade) Bix, Westerville, Ohio
Mary Lou Hayes (Sharp)
January 25, 2021
To Billie's family,
I first met your mom when I was in elementary school at William Donley in East Lansing. Gerry and I were best friends back then. She and I spent a lot of time together especially in the summers. You all lived at the top of Skyline Drive and we lived at the bottom end of Skyline in the woods. On weekend nights when I would occasionally spend the night I remember your mom was always so nice to me. For some reason I am rememebring really great cereals in the morning and occasionally bacon? (or maybe that was at my
Recently I was reconnected with your mom at Independent Village. My mother in-law lives there and they became acquainted. Your mom remembered me after all those years and reminded me more than once about the trouble Gerry and I used to get into. (I'm sure I have no idea what she was referring to, tee-he) Your mom lived a long life and I'm sure you will all miss her. She was a real
Blessings to you all,
Mary (Lou) Sharp
January 25, 2021
As one of the Ardmore crowd, I'm very sorry to hear about Billie's passing but at the same time am grateful that her journey has been eased. Billie and Bob , along with Bobbie and Gerry, are part of some of my earliest memories--neighborhood picnics , the sledding hill, and riding bikes to the drug store at the four corners to spend our pennies and nickels. My thoughts are with your family.
January 25, 2021
To Billie‘s family, My name is Tim Lilleboe and was Billie‘s financial consultant for many years. We had many conversations over the which always included some laughs but always came back to talking about Robert and growing up in Iowa. But what she loved talking about most was her children and her grandchildren. I talked with Billie a couple of month ago and she was in great spirits. When I called her we would always start our conversation with, I looked in the obituary section and my name wasn‘t in there so everything is good. I will miss her wit but most of all just miss her. My condolences, Tim