Rose Rock

March 16, 1930 - November 5, 2020

Visitation: Visitation, without family, will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. 

Service: Private family Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 12, at St. Dominic Catholic Church.

Service: Livestream link

          Rose Rock, age 90, died Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Sanford USD Medical Center.  Private family Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 12, at St. Dominic Catholic Church.  Visitation, without family, will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Canton Good Samaritan Center.

          Rose Catherine was born on March 16, 1930 in Cincinnati, IA to Roy and Oral (Mcintire) Ervin.  She grew up and attended school in Cincinnati.  She married William Rock on April 5, 1948.  Ten children were born to this union.

          In addition to raising her family, Rose enjoyed crocheting baby blankets and hand towels, helping her family at the family fireworks stand, bowling, and attending the IA girls state basketball tournament.

          She is survived by her children: Terry, Claremore, OK, Jim, Richland, WA, Bob (Ellen), Sioux Falls, SD, Mike, Canton, SD, Paul (Josephine), Fallon, NV,  Alice (Tom) Kadinger, Bernie (Christy) and Patty (Dean) VanBockern, all of Canton, SD; 28 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter; 2 sisters; along with a numerous extended relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 50 years, Bill; son, Donald; daughter, Margaret; 1 brother; and 1 sister.


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  1. Loren Wallem on November 8, 2020 said:

    To Bernie, Paul and the rest of the Rock family, Sorry for the lose of your Mother. I know she meant the world to all of you. Never drove by her home on the edge of Canton without seeing someone of the family sitting on the porch or a car in the yard or helping around the yard. Again, so sorry for your lose.

  2. Janel (Short) Kaltenbach on November 9, 2020 said:

    To the Rock Family,
    Words can not take away the pain you are all experiencing right now. Please know there are many of us out here that have you in our thoughts and prayers. It is never easy loosing a family member, but loosing mom, well that is a whole different story. Hang on to the memories and let them be a blessing to all of you.
    Love, hugs and Gods bless are being sent to you all.

  3. Don T Molstad on November 9, 2020 said:

    I just wanted to express my deepest sympathy for the lose of Rose. I remember Rose and the girls headed to Sioux Falls to fill the station wagon full of food, working the garden and the fireworks stand. A lot of good memories came from those days and she will always be part of them. So sorry for your loss.

    God Bless

    Don and Kelly Molstad
    Joyce Molstad

  4. Craig and Pat Dittberner on November 10, 2020 said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rock family. Craig and Patty Dittberner

  5. Jon Thorburn on November 10, 2020 said:

    Sorry about your Mother’s passing. Words can not express how wonderful a woman she was. May the Love and Peace of the Lord be with you all now and always.

  6. Kathy and Jerry Keiser on November 11, 2020 said:

    Rock family
    Sorry for the loss of your mom! She will be greatly missed–moms are the ultimate love on this earth–cherish the memories!!

  7. Patty (McCart) Quinlivan on November 11, 2020 said:

    So sorry about your mom. We remember spending many, many days at your house growing up. She was very patient with us even though we probably didn’t deserve it. I am thinking of you during this very hard time.

  8. Jason Rock on November 12, 2020 said:

    I have loved Grandma since before I can remember. I will miss her smile, her cards at birthdays and airedale occasions. I am grateful for her life and birthing my father. She showered everybody with love. She will always be in my heart and mind. I will see her again one day in heaven, at peace as we walk with Christ in the kingdom forever. I love you Grandma. Rest on peace. I will never forget your warmth and compassion.