Serving West Michigan Since 1899

Elise Roblin

October 14, 1933 - April 3, 2020
Holland, MI



At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Office of Annual Giving at Russell Sage College
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180

Tyson's Place Animal Rescue
PO Box 228
Jamestown, MI 49427

Hospice of Holland
270 Hoover Blvd.
Holland, MI 49423

Life Story / Obituary


Elise Ives Roblin, 86, beloved wife and mother, of Holland, Michigan passed away Friday, April 3rd at American House of Holland after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Elise will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her husband and best friend of 63 years, David and her beloved children, Lynne and Jonathan.

Born in Troy, NY, Elise was the daughter of the late Floyd Kirkpatrick Ives and Dorothy Swartwout Ives. She graduated from Troy High School and earned a nursing degree from Russell Sage College in Troy. She practiced nursing in Ann Arbor, Michigan before returning home to Troy to marry David in 1956. Throughout the years of their marriage, they lived in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Indiana, and Texas before moving to Holland in 1985.

Elise left nursing to raise her children, but enjoyed many other jobs over the years: ceramic shop staff, teacher’s aide, children’s museum visitor aide, garden nursery staff, and finally shop assistant at Stonegate Antiques in Holland. No matter where she was, Elise found joy in her work and the people she encountered along the way. She loved traveling, gardening, cross stitch, reading, her cats and dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

Elise enjoyed a wide circle of friends in Holland and for many years, belonged to The Woman’s Literary Club, P.E.O., and headed a hospital sewing group that produced countless lap quilts, walker bags, teddy bears, and newborn Christmas stockings. Elise’s most cherished group was the Water Lilies who she met for aquatics aerobics and breakfast twice a week for many years and was the source of much joy and support to her.

Elise was preceded in death by her sister, Lois J Ives, and is survived by her husband David, and children, Lynne and Jonathan. Her family cannot begin to express the gratitude they have for the staff at American House for their comforting and loving care of both Elise and her family. They would also like to thank Hospice of Holland for their caring support in the last months of Elise’s life. Keeping in mind the current difficulties in the country, the family will hold a memorial service to celebrate Elise’s life in Holland at a later date, and a private burial service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Elise to the Office of Annual Giving at Russell Sage College (65 1st Street, Troy, NY 12180), Tyson’s Place Animal Rescue (PO Box 228, Jamestown, MI 49427), or Hospice of Holland (270 Hoover Blvd., Holland, MI 49423).