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John A. Rocks, 70

September 15, 2013

John A. Rocks, 70, of Lititz, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Lancaster General Hospital, as a result of complications from surgery.
John was born in Manhattan, New York to the late Patrick and Edith Rocks , he was the husband of Joyce Meleski with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage this past May 29th.
He was a graduate of the Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College in 1965. He later received a Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University.
Before moving to Lancaster County in 2005, John spent his entire 40 year professional career in child welfare with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York. He started as a relief counselor and retired from the New York Foundling Hospital St. Agatha Home where he served as Assistant Director.
John followed the New York Yankees baseball and Giants football teams but his real passion was in playing golf. A real student of the game, John played as often as he could and freely helped others improve their golfing skills, including his wife who shared his passion for the game. Together they enjoyed many memorable hours on the beautiful golf courses of Lancaster County. Neighbors would occasionally see John practicing his golf swing in the back yard.
John thoroughly enjoyed conversation and could be counted on for his lively and challenging input. His wit and quick mind often resulted in spontaneous quips and humorous remarks.
In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Rocks of Patterson, NY, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Donnely and Bernadette Broshinski and three brothers Patrick, Thomas and Brendan Rocks.
Relatives and friends will be received on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10 to 11am at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave. Lititz, Pa. 17543 with a mass of Christian burial to follow at 11am. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name may be made to a charity of your choosing.

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Condolences to the Family

September 23, 2013

Joyce,
We offer our heartfelt sympathy on your loss and prayers for God’s healing touch to help you through this difficult time.
 
Joe & Jane Rappuchi
 

September 20, 2013

Joyce, I know how much you love John and how much apart of you he is.  Know that you are in my prayers and that God will see you through.  My sincere condolences.  Markette 

September 18, 2013

Aunt Joyce,
The smile, the glint in his eyes and that ornery sense of humor are just a few things that we will miss about Uncle John.  Our conversations, especially since Dad died, have been ones of humor, sincere concern, golf games and love.   We will always hold them dear.  I am sure it is a difficult thing to lose your mate especially after watching Mom and talking with Aunt Joan and others, but one that with the passing of time, the memories that you hold dear and the help from our Heavenly Father you will be able to endure.  Know that our love and prayers are with you now and always.  We shall see you and express our love in person on Saturday.
Michael & Suzanne (Rocks) Walker

September 18, 2013

Heartfelt sympathy to you Joyce. 
Carol Shapiro

September 18, 2013

Dearest Joyce, I am so sorry to hear about John’s passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Steven Gorochow 

September 18, 2013

Joyce:  My deepest sympathy to you and the family.
 Fred Cantlo

September 18, 2013

Joyce I know this is a difficult time but know that you are in my prayers.  My condolence to you and your family.
 
Phillis Thompson

September 17, 2013

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. We are sorry for your loss.

September 17, 2013

John,
You were a friend that will be missed greatly . My condolences to your wife and family.
Fellow Lsga Golf League companion,4
Dick Smith
 

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church
505 Woodcrest Ave.
Lititz, PA 17543
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Lititz, PA 17543
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