Catherine Mae Rockwell, second child of Albert and Mary (Funderburgh) Cook, was born Feb. 9, 1934, and while surrounded by loving family left for her heavenly home on Aug. 27, 2020, at the age of 86 years, 6 months, and 18 days.
She spent her years in the bounds of the North Manchester district with the exception of a year in California, where she attended first grade. She made the choice to live her life for the Lord and along with a good friend was baptized on June 11, 1950, into the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, living faithful to these vows for over 70 years.
On April 15, 1951, she was united in marriage with Delbert Rockwell. They had 54 years together before this union was broken by Delbert’s death in October 2005. They were blessed with one son and four daughters. They resided approximately seven years in the town of North Manchester, moving in 1958 to their present location. These last nine years were spent in a little home attached to the main house where her son and daughter-in-law resides and gave loving assistance when needed. Mother spent her years as a willing homemaker and mother.
Surviving are her children: Steven and Lynette Rockwell, Barbara and Max Barton, Linda and John Miller, Jane Crist, and Anna and Doug Wolf; 26 grandchildren; 91 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters and brother: Rachel Graybill, Ethel and Bud Lewis, and Everett and Beverly Cook; and a sister-in-law: Dolores Gish.
Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; in-laws: John and Laura Rockwell; a brother: Morris Cook; a sister-in-law: Evelyn Cook; and brothers-in-law: Dennis Graybill and Orvel Gish.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Steven and Lynette Rockwell’s home, 26 E. CR 1400N, North Manchester. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 12546 N. SR 13, North Manchester. Burial will be at the Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, 12546 N. SR 13, North Manchester. The Home Brethren will officiate.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Catherine Mae Rockwell, memorial contributions are to the donor’s choice.