L. Jean Rock

October 04, 1933 ‒ November 28, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: L. Jean (Inscore) Rock, 86 passed away on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28, to be with her loving husband “Bill “on what would have been their 67th wedding anniversary. Born on October 4, 1933 in Mansfield, Ohio to parents Orville Inscore and Thelma (Brown) Inscore, Jean was the 2nd oldest in a family of four with three sibling brothers. Being the only girl, she became a pretty “tough cookie” and learned to hold her own with her brothers and others in the neighborhood games. While in high school she worked the candy counter at Woolworth Five and Dime and later a secretarial position with Steven’s Manufacturing. She graduated from Mansfield Senior High in 1951. While at the swimming pool the summer after graduating, she caught the eye of William “Bill” Rock. It was love at first sight and Bill told his friend, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry”. On November 28, 1952 they were married at First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield, Ohio.

After Jean and Bill started their family, Bill was temporarily laid off, so Jean decided to go back to work. She worked for Shelby Sales Book (56-57); a Computer Processing company in Mansfield; Empire Steel Computer Department; Effie Myers in Ashland (61-64). In her late 30’s she decided she wanted to earn a better living for her family’s future and began attending College at Ohio State Mansfield (mainly evening classes), while continuing to work full time and take care of her family. She graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1972 and taught in numerous Mansfield City Elementary Schools until retiring after 23.5 years of teaching.

Jean enjoyed many hobbies including watching the OSU Buckeyes, golfing, fishing (perch being her favorite), bowling, reading, playing cards (especially bridge), crossword puzzles, family vacations and trips with long time friends Phyllis and Dick Erndt and Marv and Fran Bender.

But her most favorite moments were spending time with her children and grandchildren, attending most of their special events. She was a very loving, hard working, kind, caring mother, grandmother and eventually great grandmother and was loved dearly. She had a way of always seeing the glass as “half full” and this positive outlook was a great teaching tool.

Soon after retirement Jean had life-saving open heart surgery, but future heart issues led to many additional medical problems through the years. Her husband Bill was devoted to taking care of her and helping her enjoy life until he passed away from cancer in May of 2017. They had a very special, caring, loving relationship that was evident to all.

Jean is survived by her children William Randall (Kristi) Rock of Springboro, Ohio and Cindy (Randy) Heidlebaugh of Lexington, Ohio; grandchildren Emily (Robbie) Cottingim, John Rock, Lindsey (Chris) Musselwhite, Chelsea Heidlebaugh; great grandchildren Jacob, Benjamin and Zachary Musselwhite; brothers Larry and Jack Inscore. And by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by grandparents Mary and Richard Brown, Ava Inscore; parents Orville Inscore and Thelma Inscore; brother Roger Inscore.

The Rock family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of North Central Ohio, Kindred At Home, and Mansfield Place for all their care and kindness. Jean’s loving family and friends will honor and celebrate her life at a future family gathering this spring.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jean’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Cindy , Randy and girls
    I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Your parents were very nice to me many times. May you find strength during this time.

    • Thanks Sheryl. Appreciate your kind words about both my parents. They were special people and so much loved each other. What a comfort to know they are together. Thank you for reaching out and God Bless
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh
      and Rock Family

  • Cindy and family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother! I’ll be thinking about you and praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

    • Thank you Cindi! So much appreciate your kind words at a most difficult time. God Bless
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh
      and Rock Family

  • What a great legacy Mrs. Rock leaves. A beautiful life and family. She was wonderful. I have warm memories of spending time around your kitchen table talking with your mother. We talked to her about what was going on in our teenage lives and she always offered sound wise advise. Cindy, you were blessed with two fantastic parents. Thank you for sharing them with me.
    Prayers God sends you and your family peace and comfort.
    Love you❤️

    • Thanks so much CP
      Yes those were such good times! Both our moms were such special people! We have such wonderful memories and lots of laughing!!! We can never replace them but we will see them again and that gives us comfort! Thanks again for your friendship! What would we do without our friends! Love you!

  • So sorry for your loss. Your Mother was such a warm, caring lady and hopefully you will receive comfort knowing she is united with your Father once more. Sending prayers for you and your family.

    • Thanks JoAnne
      She always talked so fondly of you and the teaching years. We’re so sad and will miss her so much but we are glad she is no longer in pain. Thank you for reaching out and for your sympathy. God Bless
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh
      and Rock Family

  • I was so saddened to learn of Jean’s passing. I was very fond of her as a co-worker and a friend. My sincere sympathies to her family.

    • Thank you Barbara!
      She sure loved teaching and made a lot of
      friends during her teaching years. Thank you for reaching out with remembrance of teaching with mom. Great to hear about that time in her life. God Bless!
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh
      and the Rock Family

  • Cindy, Randy and entire loved family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. I have so many memories of your mom. Especially when she was studying so hard for her degree to teach. Bless her and you all. Amy Ruggles Cagle

    • Thanks Amy! We had such fun growing up together. So many great memories at each other’s homes. Thanks for your kind words about mom. Her mom and your mom were such good friends. I remember great times with our parents! God Bless!!
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh
      and Rock Family

  • What a wonderful person . She was my 5th grade teacher at Roseland many moons ago. She will be missed by many in the community. So sorry for your family loss.

    • Thank you James. So great to hear from a former student of hers! I remember her grading papers for about 3 hours every evening. She was so proud of her students! Thank you so much for your kind words about her! God Bless
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh and the Rock Family

  • We graduated with Jean in the class of 1951 from
    Mansfield Senior High School.
    Jean has been my dear friend for many years. She
    and I went on a trip the summer after we graduated
    to Michigan and stayed at the “Jack and Jill Dude Ranch”
    for a week. We had a great time.
    During Senior year of school there were eight of us
    girls that went around together and what fun we had.
    Jean was a very special person and I am so happy to
    have been given the time I was to be her friend.
    We are truly sorry about Jeans passing.

    Bud and Sandy (Stutz) Anderson

    • Yes – my mom talked about you folks all the time! Sounds like you had a very special friendship. Thank you so much for sharing your memories. My mom was a lovely person! We loved her deeply and We cry because will miss her so very much. I am so happy she is with dad and free of her pain. Thanks again for sharing your memories of her and God Bless!
      Cindy Rock Heidlebaugh and the Rock Family

  • Cindy, sad to hear of your mom’s passing. It’s a hard time of year to lose a loved one. Just wanted you to know you’re in my thoughts. Hope you find comfort in each new day.
    Laura Shaum