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Thursday April 21st, 2022
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William F. "Bill" Rolinski

William F. “Bill” Rolinski, 74, of Gaylord passed away Friday, April 15 at home.

Bill was born to Edward and Violet Rolinski on July 18, 1947 and was a lifelong resident of Gaylord.

Bill was the nun’s favorite student growing up at Gaylord Saint Mary’s, and then went on to become a proud graduate of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law.

Bill was married to Barbara Rolinski (Fiegel) on December 18, 1971 and together they had three children: Jill, Jeremy, and Debbie.

Over the years, Bill worked as an attorney in many settings, including with Ward Lake Energy, co-founder of Big Buck Brewery, and as an independent consultant for numerous projects throughout his beloved Northern Michigan.

Bill was an avid golfer and enjoyed his golf league at Gaylord Country Club, bowling, rooting for Michigan State, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be fondly remembered for his superb storytelling, sharp mind, and big heart.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Lillian Meyer. He is survived by his three children Jill (Matt) Perry, Jeremy (Lindsey) Rolinski, and Debbie (Nick) Meyer; longtime partner Diane Grisso; former wife Barbara Rolinski; and six grandchildren.

Bill’s family will visit with friends from 4:00-7:00 PM Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Gaylord E-Free Church where visitation will begin at 10:00 AM.  (The funeral service will aired via livestream at www.facebook.com/gaylordfuneralhome)  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions in Bill’s memory to the Otsego County United Way.  Interment will take place in the coming weeks at Resurrection Cemetery in Gaylord.


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A candle was lit in memory of William F. "Bill" Rolinski

Janelle Weiss Norman May 7 2022 3:15 PM

Diane and family….. such a great loss. Took my breath away when I saw this. Our simple chats through the years as the scissors trimmed, will never be forgotten. State fans, and River fans, chats about my brother. Loved to tell stories and jokes, and always a great person to ask for advice.
My heartfelt condolences. 🙏🏻 Janelle.

Janelle gates Norman May 7 2022 3:14 PM

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Diane Grisso Apr 28 2022 12:50 AM

We will miss Bill. He was a great guy and a great Spartan. With sympathy,

George and Mary Blaha Apr 23 2022 2:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William F. "Bill" Rolinski

Linda Darnton Apr 22 2022 12:32 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William F. "Bill" Rolinski

Stephanie platko Apr 21 2022 5:32 PM

My deepest condolences to Diane and to Bill's children on their loss. Bill was a good friend...we chiefly connected through the oil and gas patch, but our conversations always covered a host of topics far beyond that. A well-read, well-educated, and most interesting person whom I'm glad to say I got to know and learn from. And even though I've never met Jill, Jeremy, and Debbie, our conversations often went toward our children and their accomplishments. Their ongoing stories will continue to say so much about the pathway Bill helped them find! Rest in peace, Bill.

Wayne Goodman Apr 21 2022 11:29 AM

I met Bill several years ago through a mutual friend at Michigan State. Bill made friends easily and we quickly became friends. Bill had a sharp mind and a keen interest in technology and business and as a result we begin to invest together in interesting projects. During my summers in Leland we played golf (one of his passions),discussed Big !0 sports (another passion) and visited often over breakfast or lunch in Traverse City. Bill was proud of his family, a fine gentleman and a great friend. I'll miss him as will his many, many friends and family. My sincere condolences to his family and I just want you to know Bill left me with a lot of great memories.

Arnold Allemang Greenville, SC Apr 21 2022 11:18 AM

The world lost one of the good ones. A great man in his community and a real giver. His support of music and musicians in Gaylord was really appreciated and gave a lot young musicians their first chance to play on stage.

Chris Apr 20 2022 11:04 PM

A candle was lit in memory of William F. "Bill" Rolinski

Kathy Weaver Sobocinski Apr 20 2022 9:41 PM

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