Rosalind B. Schmitt
March 25, 1929 – October 11, 2019
Rosalind Brothers Schmitt died peacefully surrounded by her family on October 11, 2019 at age 90 in Evanston, Illinois. "Rollie," as she was affectionately known, grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the daughter of the late Rosalind and Wellington Brothers. After attending Stephens College in Missouri, a two-year college at that time, Rollie graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics/Statistics and later a Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Northwestern University where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She enjoyed using her math and statistics skills as a statistician at AC Nielsen Company for over 45 years where she made many long lasting friendships. She was an avid bridge player. Rollie had a life long passion for sailing and continued sailing right up to the week before her passing. She was a devoted leader of the Wilmette Mariners, a sailing oriented high school Girl Scout troop. During the 60 years of her leadership, the Mariners engaged hundreds of girls in activities such as annual cruises on the tall ship Shenandoah, canoe trips, sailing lessons and community service projects. Rollie co-authored the book "Wilmette's Nautical Heritage: A History of Sheridan Shore Yacht Club and Wilmette Harbor." Rollie passed her love of sailing and Lake Michigan on to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children David Schmitt, Deborah (Greg) Carlson, and Barbara (Hyde) Perce; grandchildren Erik (Rachel) Schmitt, Michael (Elizabeth) Schmitt, Henry Carlson, Clara Carlson, Morgan Perce, and Grant Perce; great grand daughter Charlotte Schmitt, and her beloved grand dogs Burgee, Indigo and Winston. A memorial service will be held at 11am on November 2, 2019 at Elliott Chapel, Presbyterian Homes, 3131 Simpson Street, Evanston, IL 60201. Donations in Rollie's memory may be sent to either: Sheridan Shore Sailing School, 20 Harbor Drive, Wilmette, IL 60091 Info@sheridanshoresailingschool.org or The Exy Johnson Scholarship Fund, Sea Education Association, P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543 Development@sea.edu.
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
Rosalind B. Schmitt
November 7, 2019
Next to my Mom, Rollie was the woman who had the most and biggest impact on my life. High school years are tough on people, but having Rollie as a weekly mentor with Mariners made my high school years WONDERFUL. Smooth sailing, even! LOL! I remember so much about my Mariner experience, the Cruise, canoe trips, learning knots, heck--learning to sail AT ALL..... Hats off to Rollie. Love to all her family, and RIP, Rollie. Thank you for your caring ways.
November 5, 2019
Rollie was such a giant influence on me and my family as a friend, neighbor and leader. I spent pretty much all of my free time as a kid at the Schmitt house with Debbie and all the kids from Woodbine, later Rollie taught us to sail and be good Mariners. I still cherish my memories of sailing on the Shenandoah, truly an amazing experience. Many thanks Rollie for putting up with the shenanigans of my youth, cheers to a wonderful gal. Eliza
November 4, 2019
My deepest sympathies to my friend, Deb, and all of your family on the loss of your beloved Mother, Rollie. The image of Rollie and Cleave sailing past us on Todd's yacht on September 14th will always be a cherished memory. I am grateful I had a chance to tell Rollie how her example as our Mariner's troop leader empowered so many of us women. Eternal Be Rollie's Memory!
November 4, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I was a mariner along with both my sisters, we all benefited greatly from your mothers guidance. I was part of the class of 1969 and we greatly tried her patience. I spent a wonderful summer babysitting all of you.
Adrienne Buzzard Kobylinski
November 4, 2019
To Rollie’s family, my deepest condolences:
I have only wonderful memories of Rollie, my Mariner leader, so many years ago. Our troop sailed on the Brigantine Yankee, and in summer sailed every Wednesday evening out of the Wilmette Harbor. On very hot summer days, I remember Rollie’s morning senior life saving classes at the Wilmette Beach. For years Rollie and I exchanged Christmas cards, and I always looked forward to hearing about her family and sailing life. The last time I saw Rollie was in Mystic Seaport to celebrate Exy Johnson. Met Rollie and Carol Cleave for dinner, and the next evening Rollie was one of the speakers at the event. I will miss hearing from her, but I celebrate her remarkable full life. Fair Winds, Rollie. With much fondness, Claudia
October 19, 2019
Dear David, Debbie, and Barbie, Thanks for sharing your mom with the Mariner Sea Scouts for 60 years. I was a scout from 1971 to 1975 so I remember you three being along on many of our trips. Without your mom, Carol Cleve, and Mrs. Bonning, I would not have had the opportunity to crew, ski, canoe, go camping, or learn so many other skills in the great outdoors. I remain so grateful. I am in awe of how your mom was able to accomplish so much with so many responsibilities! She was an inspiration for many. With deepest sympathy, Judy FitzGerald