Deborah K. Rock

October 04, 1960 ‒ August 31, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Deborah K. Rock, 58, was reunited with her father and mother, Allan H. and Mary K. (Griffith) Rock on August 31, 2019. She was born on October 4, 1960, the second of five children.

Debbie grew up in Fredericktown, showing cattle at the Knox County fair.  Debbie graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1979 and went on to graduate from Capitol University with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  After college Debbie worked as a travel nurse for several years before returning to Ohio, where she worked at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for 28 years in the Surgical Intensive Care.

She is survived by her siblings, Byron (Jill) Rock, Glenda (Chuck) Blakely, Rodney (Tammy) Rock and Greg (Darla) Rock.  She was a very special aunt to 12 nieces and nephews; Nick (Elisa) Cline, Samantha (Tom) Rock, Katie (Jesse) McKenzie, Allyn (Carmen) Carfagna, Austin Rock, Serena Rock, Aaron (Nikki) Alfrey, Mark (Tina) VanHouten, Samantha (Scott) Mills, Tara (Seth) Mullins, Kenny (Amy) Scruggs and Katie Alfrey; along with 21 great nieces and nephews.  Debbie is also survived by a step-son, Trevor Gaddis.

Debbie enjoyed traveling with her best friends Cindy Dohn Schaefering and Joan Pritchard, but most of all, spending time with family and friends.  Debbie also is leaving behind her beloved Australian Shepard, Henry.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Rd., Fredericktown, where a funeral service will be held at Noon on Monday, September 9, 2019 with Pastor Ruth Douglas officiating.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Monday.  A private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Debbie’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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  • A great loss to family and friends. I will always remember our good times at Capital University with our Zeta Pi Lamda shenanigans! A soft heart and a warm genuine smile that lit up the room. God’s healing to her family.

  • So sorry about Debbie’s passing. She will be missed by many. Thinking of all you with Deepest Sympathy!

  • It is with deep sadness that I read of Debbie’s passing. The last photo I saw of her was at her class reunion, dancing and laughing, full of life. Sending healing thoughts to her family as they move through their tremendous loss.

  • My deepest sympathy to each of you. She was a truly caring and loving person! May God comfort each of you. Love & prayers. Vivian Hill

  • To the entire Rock family I can’t imagine your sadness..As part of Debs SICU family(retired) I have so many fond memories of Deb that I will forever cherish ! She passed on my birthday, so every year, forever, I will think of Deb and smile..she was 1 of a kind and I am proud to have been her friend. Godspeed…

  • So very sorry to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was the most caring nurse dad had when at OSU. She will always have a special place in my heart.
    Deepest Sympathy!

  • Condolences to Debbie’s family, friends and all loved ones! I’ve worked with Debbie just a handful of times, as we just recently had crossed paths at work. She was a very friendly, knowledgeable and caring person and Nurse! Such a tragic loss for everyone! May you Rest In Peace, Debbie! Thanks for the laughs while on the night shifts in SICU! You will be missed!

  • DEBBIE had such a giving heart!! Will never forget the the time she helped NEIL and I thru heart wrenching times at the ICU at OSU.DEBBIE was instrumental with her wisdom and kindness!! What a special person she was.We will forever remember her.Soar on eagles wings Debbie

  • I am deeply saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. She was such a beautiful person and we shared many wonderful times together at Capital and after graduation, when we shared an apartment together. Debbie had the most caring and gentle soul – she had such a deep love for people and compassion for animals, unmatched by many. She also had such a beautiful and fun loving spirit. Sending my sincerest condolences to all of Debbie’s family and friends.

  • To the Rock family, I was heart broken to hear of Debbie’s passing. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to you all. Such a kind loving soul taken way too soon. May God watch over you and give you strength during this time. Fly high Debbie
    Rene’ (Schwartz) Hefner

  • Debbie had such a loving heart. I’ll never forget the kindness she showed my family when visiting Darla & Greg. She took us horseback riding and showed our kids such joy. A kind soul and a very sad loss to all. Our prayers to the Rock family and all who knew and loved her. Rest high on that mountain Debbie 💞

  • The Rock family,
    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Love and hugs to you all during this time, and for the times to come when the memories wash over you. I’ll remember Debbie fondly.

  • Debbie was a neighbor in our younger years, we rode the bus together and sat through many 4-H meetings together. She was a kind, sweet, person. I’m sorry to say I lost touch with her, except for Facebook. My heart aches and her family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are saddened by Deb’s passing.
    We were fortunate to get to meet her and go on a few trips together. She was a pleasure to be around and always smiling.
    She will be missed.

  • To the families, so sorry for the passing of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a remarkable woman. I am so glad I got to visit with her at our class reunion in July. Love and prayers to the family.

  • Dear Rock family, so sorry for your loss. Debbie was such a wonderful and sweet person. So glad Alan and I got to see her in March, she was full of hugs and she always wore a smile on her face. I have such fond memories of Debbie. She was taken way too soon. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Soo sorry to learn of Debbie’s passing. Debbie was a gem; and I always enjoyed her Mom who was in my class, so the admiration for this family goes back a generation. Hugs and prayers for peace and comfort in the days and months ahead.

  • God received a beautiful angel my heart goes out to the entire family Debbie was a great person and will be so missed may God be with all of you during this difficult time

  • My Deepest Sympathies to you all. Memories of Debbie will always be how Very SPECIAL she was in many ways. I was Blessed to know her. She will be Missed. Prayers and Hugs 😢

  • I am so deeply sorry for the Rock family’s loss. I know her SICU work family is deeply heartbroken by this. She was always there for an ear to listen or to join in the laughter. As well as talk endlessly about how much we love our dogs. I have worked with her for 15 years and will always have good memories. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.

  • Our SICU family will not be the same ever again. Always was glad to know if Deb was working when I was. Always cheerful and ready to help at any time. We had lots of laughs at work to get us through the hard shifts.My deepest condolences to Deb’s family. She will be deeply missed.

  • Deepest sympathy to the Rock family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • To the Rock family I am so saddened to hear of Deb’s sudden passing.I was so fortunate to work beside Deb in Neuro Surg then Sicu.As a band of nurses we are family and her death has hit us hard.Always a smile always willing to lend a hand to sit and listen Her struggles were real but Deb always put others before herself .Thank you for sharing Deb with us all these years.We will always be grateful for her .May you find some comfort in knowing that Deb was so loved by so many.

  • My condolences to Debbie’s family. I worked with Deb in the SICU and her and I talked often about our lives. We supported and cared for each other. When I was down Deb was there to lend an ear. I am proud to call Deb my friend. I am so saddened by her sudden departure and will miss our talks. She was a special lady who was loved by many. Rest In Peace my friend and may God bless you. I will miss you.

  • For all of you, ❤❤❤Rock children, spouses, nieces, nephews & extended family,
    I was shocked & deeply saddened to hear about Debbie’s passing, a neighbor & friend! I’m so SO sorry!
    Growing up, our family had the privilege of getting to know yours… so many special memories, especially the Christmas get-togethers!
    Debbie was sweet & I remember usually quiet but always kind, gentle-spirit & took a career of caring for others…service work is wonderful & showed her special character!
    She will be missed & you’re in my prayers as you heal. May God help you find that peace. Love you all!❤

  • Mary Lou Puls
    Sorry to hear of the passing of Debby. She was always a happy and loving person.
    I know this is a loss to your family and we are sending you our sympathy to you.
    As life goes on we have adjustments to make. Bless the Rock Family.

    No longer have a driver’s license because of memory loss. This has slowed me down, but have Lisa and friends see that i still get out and about!

    Love, Mary Lou, Scott and Lisa

  • I am deeply saddened by hearing about the loss of such a wonderful nurse, friend to everyone she ever met. I worked with Deb in the SICU for 15 years. She touched many people including myself. She will always be remembered. Prayers to all. Terri(Crews)Seibel

  • Remembering Debbie with a Heart full of Love & Laughter – a wonderful classmate and generous spirit. Offering her family my deepest condolences. Peace eternally, Dear Debbie.

  • So sorry to here of Debbies Passing we Were so Bless to have her as my husband nurse at OSU ! She was one of the Best and it was an honor to know here ! She will be so missed by so many people ! To the family I send my deepest Sympathy ! God Bless you all !

  • I worked with Deb in the SICU for 18 years. She will be greatly missed! She was a very special lady and always had a smile and willing to help. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

  • To ALL of the Rock family- Im so deeply sorry for the loss of your Beautiful Debbie. I’m an old school friend who never has forgotten what a beautiful soul she was. Always “ALWAYS” there when I needed her. My heart is just Broken. May God send his love, comfort and healing to you all.
    Sweet Dreams my dear old friend. May the angles sing you to sleep.🙏🏻♥️

  • Our deepest sympathy to our Rock cousins! I remember her laughter and how much she loved to tease and have a good joke. It’s so good we were able to be together to celebrate the Rock century farm. A very special lady, who will be missed greatly! You have memories that will always be with you.

    Merrill and Carol Davis

  • Our deepest sympathy to Debbie’s family and friends. She left this earth much too soon. She is once again reunited with her Mom and Dad, so knowing that will help you through this terrible loss. You all have a new guardian angel watching over you. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • So sorry for your loss.May God have his arms around all of you at this time.You are all in my prayers.