Marilyn Rock

Marilyn Rock

Marilyn Rock, 80, of DeWitt, formerly of Grand Mound, passed away Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, following a brief illness.

Marilyn was born March 30, 1939, in Folletts, to Meryl and Josephine Burke Green. She graduated from Grand Mound High School in 1957. Marilyn was united in marriage to Larry Rock on Aug. 30, 1958, at Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Grand Mound. The couple raised their family and farmed northwest of Grand Mound. After Larry’s passing in 1986, Marilyn continued to farm with her son Paul. She also worked for a time as a teacher’s aide at Calamus Schools and most recently assisted with tax preparation at DeWitt Bank Tax and Accounting. In 1987 the family created the “Rock Family Christmas Display” north of Grand Mound, known and appreciated by many.

Marilyn was a lifelong member of Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church and the American Legion Auxiliary, both in Grand Mound.

She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Friday night dinners with her siblings, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, and playing cards with Dean and Donna Geise, Bill and Joyce Bauer, and Judy Knutsen.

She is survived by four children, Paul (Becky) Rock, of Grand Mound, Lori (Gerry) Stamp, of DeWitt, Dave (Kendra) Rock, of Pella, and Linda (Mark) Selby, of Delmar; grandchildren, Amanda (Mark) Anderson, Nick (Brittany) Selby, Kirby (Abbey) Rock, Abby (Tyler) Arndt, Kayla (Michael) Lunn, Karlee (Andrew) Schneider, Allison (Kurt) Paulsen, Melanie Rock, Andrew Rock, and Alex Stamp; great-grandchildren, MacKenzi, Jackson, Brooklyn, Emmett, Cecilia, Bentley, and two on the way; siblings, Joann Connell, Lois Canaday, Jerry (MaryAnne) Green; sisters-in-law, Betty Sieverding and Theresa Eschbach; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry; four brothers, John, Tom, Meryl “Cubby,” and Dennis; three brothers-in-law, Bob Connell, Bob Canaday and Wayne Bickel; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Green.

The Funeral Mass was held Jan. 17, at Sts. Philip and James Catholic Church in Grand Mound with the Rev. Fr. Francis Odoom officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

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