In Memory

Robin Rood (Walker)

Robin Ann Rood-Walker, 63, of Oostburg, found peace on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Robin was born on November 28, 1953 in Milwaukee to Anthony and Joann (Moeller) Rood. After graduating from Whitefish Bay High School, she spent several years working in the music industry. Robin had a passion for animals. In her earlier years she loved riding her horses. She then developed a love for Bloodhounds, which evolved into training and involvement in search and rescue organizations. It was a love she shared with her beloved dogs. In her later years she was a longtime resident of Oostburg, where she lived comfortably on the lake with her many pets surrounded by nature. 

Robin is survived by her loving brother, Robert (Jean Pulito) Rood of Mequon; dear cousins, Betsy Martin, Polly Wolf, and Charlene (David) Hubble. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving uncle, Charles Moeller.

Robin was a free spirit, may she rest in peace.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

The Wenig Funeral Home Oostburg (920-564-2771) is assisting Robin's family with arrangements.

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12/03/17 12:16 PM #1    

Richard Zimmermann

In moving to WFBay Robin was my first friend and a great study buddy that lived around the corner from us.  Very sad to hear of her passing.  When she worked at 1812 Overture I bought a lot of records from her and we both enjoyed a lot of music together.

12/04/17 01:33 PM #2    

Bruce Brewer

Robin and I were supposed to have lunch together yesterday in Port Washington.  I was online looking for a restaurant when her brother, Robert, called to say, "Bruce, I have some bad news."

In high school, she was cool, my hippie friend. She worked at 1812 Overture on Brady Street.  How cool was that.  We went to concerts together, and one of the first Summerfest concerts - Sly & The Family Stone.  She confided in me.  She laughed at my dumb jokes.  She was prett much everything I looked for in a friend.  And I can't think of her without thinking of Dan Podell. He was probably one of the most important people in her life.  They were each better for being with the other, or at least in my memory.

After high school, she moved to California, and worked on a horse farm, right underneath the HOLLYWOOD sign.  She was a veterinarian assistant.  She married, I think twice, and this was about the time we drifted apart.

Eventually, she moved back to Wisconsin into a cottage her family owned on lake Michigan, and we got together a few tmes, but not often.  Rarely, really. She worked to train rescue dogs, and participated in search and rescue missions. The last few years, her brother said she had become reclusive, and didn't pay enough attention to her health.  Robert thinks that she  might have had an infection that spread to her brain.

What is especially sad is that she died alone, and it isn't known how long it was before she was found.

Looking back, it seems she was one of the people who didn't get many breaks in life.  I don't know why.  She deserved them. I don't think she was very outgoing, and as a result, after high school, maybe didn't make friends as easily as she would have otherwise.  She deserved at least not to be alone at the end.

12/04/17 04:26 PM #3    

Bruce Brewer

She turned me on to Leon Russell.  This song is for her:

12/05/17 12:53 PM #4    

Lawrence Bragman


Thanks for sharing your memories of Robin. She was in my grade school class at Cumberland and it's just a mystery how time frays the lives of so many beautiful souls. 


12/06/17 10:49 AM #5    

Betsy Blaney

All, this is from Lisa Perino, Robin's longtime friend who visited Robin at her home a short time before our 45th reunion this past summer. 


Robin was always a loner. I feel bad too that she passed alone, but something told me after I spent the night with her before the reunion, she would have wanted it that way... to go quietly. I asked her if she was lonely. She insisted that as long as she had her pets, she was fine. A Hound Dog named Doris Day, her goat and another creature that never came out of it's house! She looked lovely with Blondish long hair, dressed in grey sweats when we said good bye. I will miss her.

12/06/17 05:40 PM #6    

Susan Olenick (Ehrlich)

I knew Robin only as a classmate in high school. In 1988 I moved to LA and adopted a kitten I named Bridget. To my great sadness Bridget turned out to have a terminal disease and after failed treatment, I was forced to put her to sleep when she was only 6 months old. To my great surprise, the vet tech was Robin Rood, whom I had not seen for 16 years. I was understandably upset and she was so gentle and reassuring and stayed with me during a difficult and emotional moment. It was a comfort to have a familiar face and I really appreciated Robin's quiet, caring presence. She was a loving, kind and authentic person. I am sad and shocked to hear of her passing and know she will be missed by many.

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