Carol R. Rockwell

Born: Wed., May 18, 1932
Died: Wed., Jun. 14, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, Sun., Jun. 18, 2017
Location: Pepper Funeral Home & Cremation Facility, Inc.

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Mon., Jun. 19, 2017
Location: Park Cemetery

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Carol R. Rockwell died peacefully in the presence of her husband and family on June 14th 2017.  Carol was born on May 18th 1932 in Dubuque, Iowa; the daughter of Lyle and Sophia Miller.  She was raised in Epworth, Iowa and graduated from Epworth High School where she excelled as a basketball player.  In Epworth she met Charles H. Rockwell a US Navy veteran who was completing his education at the University of Dubuque, and working for Maxwell’s Store in Epworth.  They fell in love and were married on June 25th 1950.  Shortly after their marriage, Charles was recalled into the US Navy during the Korean War.  Carol joined Charles in California where Charles’ ship was ported.  They lived in Oakland, California and Carol began her working career as a teller for Bank of America.

Carol and Charles returned to Iowa for a short time following Charles’ release from active duty with the Navy.  They then returned to Canton where they made their home on Tioga Street and raised their three children.  Following the graduation of the children from high school, Carol returned to the work she had chosen as a teller with the First National Bank of Canton, where she worked for over thirty years.
Carol loved to help people at the bank and to make them feel welcome with friendly conversation as she served them.  She was active in the Disciple Church, and was a devoted member of the choir for many years.  She remained an active athlete and was well known throughout the area as a top-notch tennis player.
She was always available for her family and whenever asked would drop everything to help her children and grandchildren.  She was a person who looked out for her neighbors; bringing them a pie, conversing on the street, or shoveling their walks after a snowstorm.
At home, she loved to knit and make gloves, sweaters, and afghans for her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Her prowess as a baker of pies was unrivaled and a great joy for her family.  While in the kitchen she kept an eye on her bird feeder and became a first-rate bird identifier and watcher.
Carol will be deeply missed by her surviving family; husband Charles, sons Stuart (Deborah) and Douglas (Susan), daughter Sally, grandchildren Martin, Stacia, Grant, Margaret and Carolyn.
Family will receive friends 1 – 2:30 P.M. Sunday, June 18, at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton.  Mr. William McNett will officiate a graveside service 11 A.M. Monday at Park Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, Please consider a memorial donation in Carol R. Rockwell's name to a charity of one's choice.  Share condolences at  

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Bill and Connie Spencer
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
Charles, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. What wonderful times together when we ate out after bike rides. A great lady.

Kyla Varney Sordino
   Posted Fri June 16, 2017
Thinking of you. God bless.

Sharon W. May
   Posted Sun June 18, 2017
My condolences to Charles and family. Carol was a great lady and will be missed by many. God bless you all.

Mike and Cathy Arrowood
   Posted Wed June 21, 2017
Dear Rockwell Family,
We were saddened to hear of Carol's passing. It is so painful to let go of someone that you love as dearly as you have loved Carol. She has touched so many lives over the years, but most importantly your own. Her sweet presence will certainly be missed. As you cherish your precious memories of her please reflect on the words of Jesus at John 5:28,29. In this passage we are assured of the resurrection. At that wonderful time our tears of grief will be transformed into tears of joy. This promise was made possible by our loving Heavenly Father Jehovah through the sacrifice of his dear son Jesus Christ (John 3:16). May this sure hope bring you a measure of comfort at this difficult time.

Margo Streeter Kotulak & Frank Kotulak
   Posted Mon June 26, 2017
I remember Carol Rockwell as a sweet, kind person who always smiled and saw the good in every person. She will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

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