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Joan M. Rockhold

July 23, 1926 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 92)


Joan M. Rockhold, 92, of Peoria, IL passed away after a long battle with cancer at 3:00am, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 23, 1926 in Peoria the daughter of Verne and Anna Schwab Hall.  She married Kenneth (Rocky) Rockhold on March 28, 1947 in Peoria.  He passed away on April 26, 2009 in Peoria, her parents and one brother Jack Hall also preceded her in death.  

She is survived by one daughter, Dawn (Doug) Springer of Glenview, IL, two sons, Jason (Cindy) Rockhold and Christopher (Ann) Rockhold both of Peoria, IL; three grandsons, Brandon (Lacey) Rockhold of Chicago, IL Jake (Sam) Rockhold of Washington, IL and Jeffery (Michell) Reeves of Austin, TX. along with three great grandchildren; Jude, Olivia, and Finn whom she loved dearly. Also surviving are one sister Karen Branyic of Abington, IL. and her family.

Joan worked for Fleming & Potter and later Caterpillar Tractor Co.  She was an avid tennis player for years and loved going to Broadway Theatre.  Joan and Rocky were their children’s and grandchildren’s greatest fans, they supported and watched their son’s and grandson’s sport activities without fail for years in all kinds of weather.  They also enjoyed fishing in Missouri for many years.

Cremation has been accorded and private services will be held at a later date.  Memorials in her name may be given to, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 4700 N University St # 92, Peoria, IL 61614 or to the Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry Ave, Peoria, IL 61603.  To share a memory or send a condolence for her family, visit


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