Tollard, Robin Elizabeth
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Robin Elizabeth Tollard, 64, of Green Lake, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends following a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday evening June 28, 2012.
Robin was born on January 29, 1948, in Neenah, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Mary (Good) Walton.
She graduated from Oshkosh West High School in 1966 and from the F.V.T.C. in 1980.
She was employed at the United Cerebral Palsy in Oshkosh prior to starting her career as an Operating Room Technician at the Mercy Medical Center of Oshkosh and later at the Berlin Memorial Hospital. Robin retired from full time work at the Berlin Memorial Hospital in 2010 and began working part time at the renaissance Surgery Center in Oshkosh until March 2011. She thoroughly enjoyed her career as a surgery technician. She always spoke highly of her co-workers and cherished the life long friends she made while working. Both Robin and her family are humbled by the out pouring of support she received from her "work family" and other friends and neighbors during her illness. She spoke daily about how lucky she was to have such special and caring people in her life.
Robin was united in marriage to Gary R. Tollard on October 2, 1965, in Fairbault, Minnesota and they enjoyed and valued their 46 years together. Even as Robin's illness stole her strength, the smile that lit her face when Gary entered the room never faded. Their importance to each other was obvious until the end. Robin and Gary lived in Oshkosh for some time, up until their life long dream became a reality in 1993 of owning their own, "Ponderosa". They then moved to the Green Lake / Berlin area. They have truly had the time of their lives chasing chickens and their dreams.
Robin and Gary are the proud parents / grandparents of three daughters, Lisa, Leslie and Dawn, and four grandchildren, David, Lexus, Laurel and Wyatt, each of whom Robin loved more than words could ever say. Robin also enjoyed spending time with her sister, Janet and her family. She looked forward to the weekly "field trips" they took as they ate and shopped their way around Berlin and Green Lake. Time with family and friends was Robin's biggest joy.
Robin lived and loved life to the fullest. She was a talented and gifted cook, baker, seamstress, painter, and gardener. She was also an expert at both fun and laughter. Her biggest gift however, was her heart. Robin lived and loved with all of her heart and expected nothing in return. She was a master at putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She valued and used the "gift of time" she was given. She made a difference wherever she went.
Robin is survived by her husband, Gary; three daughters, Lisa Tollard (Mike Miller) of Berlin; Leslie Malnory of Winneconne; Dawn (Jerry) Hernke of Appleton; four grandchildren, David and Lexus Malnory, Wyatt and Laurel Miller; and her sister, Janet (Kurt) Nelson of Little Chute. Robin is further survived by her mother-in-law, Lillian Tollard of Omro; brother-in-law, Wayne (Jeanne) Tollard; niece, Megan Nelson; and four nephews, Christopher and Brian Nelson, Troy and Paul Tollard.
Robin was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Judy; and her father-in-law, Marvin Tollard.
The family would like to thank the Heartland Hospice Nurses, Dr. William Guenther, Dr. Tom Willett, and all of her health providers for their compassionate care, also special thanks to Mike Wolf, childhood friend, Carla Henry and close friend, Melanie Sohm. No words can express what your presence on this journey has meant to both Robin and her family.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Robin's Life will be held on Friday July 6, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the Heidel House, 643 Illinois Ave., Green Lake, Wisconsin 54941. The family welcomes and invites everyone who knows and loves Robin or her family.
Memorial contributions can be directed to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and or the
in her memory.
116 S. ADAMS AVE.
BERLIN, WIS. 54923
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 4, 2012