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Nan E. Rockwell

Published November 15,2014

Obituary's Biography:

Nan Rockwell, 66
Nan Eileen Rockwell, age 66 of Grayslake, IL, passed away suddenly after an illness on Friday, November 14, 2014. She was born to the late Fran and Stuart Shoger on June 21, 1948.
Nan attended East Aurora High School, before attending Illinois State University. She was a great Navy wife, an active member in the community and taught English at Grayslake Middle School for more than 20 years. Nan particularly enjoyed the poems of Edgar Allen Poe, and much to her student’s dismay, loved diagramming sentences.
Family and friends were Nan’s passion and joy. She was a doting grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her five grandchildren.
Nan is survived by her husband Jim Rockwell, son Ben Rockwell (Julie) and daughter Emily Kane (Joe), as well as her sister Carole Datta and brothers Mark Shoger and Steve Shoger. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren; Lucy Rockwell (10), Molly Rockwell (9), Layla Kane (8), Addison Kane (6) and Eli Kane (3).
Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, November 18th from 3pm to 7pm at Strang Funeral Home located on Route 120 in Grayslake, IL. The funeral Service will be on Wednesday, November 19th at 10am at Strang Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (http://www.lls.org/).

8 replies on “Nan E. Rockwell”

  1. I am so very sad to hear the news of Nan passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the lovely Rockwell family.
    Lesley Alger (England)

  2. Mico and I are so deeply saddened by Nan’s death. A lovely neighbor, Nan always had something heartwarming to say about my children, and her kind words will always be appreciated. We will miss how she delighted in talking about her adored grandchildren. I will miss sharing our military life stories. You are in our thought and in our prayers, Jim, Ben, Emily, Julie, and Joe. We are so very sorry for this terrible loss. Karen and Mico

  3. I was shocked to hear the news of Nan’s passing. She quilted with us and gave us lots of laughs. Her choice of bright colors in her fabric selection was a true reflection of her personality. Thanks for the fond memories Nan! Phyllis, a quilting friend.

  4. We are deeply saddened by Nan’s passing. Jud enjoyed working with Nan on Lion’s Club projects and will miss her laughter. Jim, you and your family will be in our prayers. May God bless you.

    Judson and Debbie Revelle

  5. I knew Nan as a fellow teacher during the mid-late 90’s. As both an individual and a professional, I would describe Nan as loving, committed, conscientious, diligent, and proud. I always thought of her as a cool customer–a “tough cookie” with a soft heart. She was terrific with her students, and respected and beloved by her colleagues.
    The thing I will remember most about Nan is her laugh. Not only did it come readily, she sounded LITERALLY tickled. Nan made life on Earth a little more enjoyable for everyone with whom she interacted. I am grateful I got to know her as well as I did.

  6. Nan was an incredible teacher but was an even better person. Was deeply saddened to hear about this and my heart goes out to the entire Rockwell family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Nan will be missed by so many.

  7. Jim,

    Very sorry to read about Nan. She as a great classmate and I am sure a wonderful wife, mom and grandmother.

    Please know that you and your family will be remembered in my and Kath’s prayers.

    God bless.


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