Anne E. (Hogan) Rockett went to her reward in heaven on February 20, 2019 after 98 years of unconditional love for her family and friends. She was a devout Catholic who set the example for dedication to family and work, and to endless energy, discipline, dignity and integrity.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 2, 1921, to John and Anna Hogan, Anne was raised in a loving family with older sister Mary and younger brother Frank- closer siblings you'll never know. She was also close to her cousins to this day: Bill Coughlin, Patricia (Coughlin) Gurevich and the late Bob Coughlin. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 1943 with a Bachelors of Art in English and a minor in History and attended business certificate programs at Radcliff College. She was a lifelong learner and veracious reader of books and newspapers.
In 1947 she married Frank A. Rockett. They raised five children beginning in Belmont and later moving to Concord, Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her husband Frank in 2008 and leaves her children and their spouses: Frank A. Rockett, Richard E. Rockett, Elizabeth Bockser, Nancy Rockett Eldridge and her husband Mark, and Christine A. Geissler and her husband Chet. She dearly loved and admired her grandchildren: Erin, Dan, Megan, Jacob, Corey, Caitlin, Jenna, Elizabeth and Thomas. Anne adored her four great grandchildren: Jamie, Shannon, Adeline and Rylee.
Anne had a long and distinguished career. She taught in Ashland in the 1940s; joined the Concord Police Department in the 1960s- "spending many a night in jail" as she would say. She returned to teaching when her youngest of five began school in Concord, where she received many merit awards for her creativity as an educator and professionalism. Anne was an inspiration for hundreds of Concord school kids, who without a doubt benefitted from her as a role model. To the end she treasured the quilt her students made her upon retirement.
In addition to her full-time career, she managed to get her five children to every lesson you can imagine: skiing at King's Ridge, skating at the MDC rinks in Boston, swimming at Walden Pond, tennis at Emerson playground, every type of instrument lesson (piano, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, and guitar). She was always there waiting in the parking lot to pick us up after field hockey, band practice, orchestra practice, or the school musical as though nothing was more important.
One of Anne's greatest joys in life was the Knitting Club with neighbors Isabelle, Dottie, Ann and Rosemary- an enduring circle of friends supporting each other in all aspects of life. After moving from Concord to the Cape- with many happy summers in York, Maine- Anne and Frank thoroughly embraced retirement becoming avid square dancers and golfers well into their 80's. Neighbors in Marstons Mills quickly became the most precious and treasured friends over their 35 years there. From exchanging coffee cakes to front-yard garden conversations to provisioning each other for a snow storm, Anne was enlivened by the constant comfort and conversation of her "dear, dear friends."
For years, Anne enjoyed the many Meals on Wheels volunteers that nourished her with lunch and a good chat. The VNA of Cape Cod Homemaker aides allowed her to live independently right up until she was 97 years old. The family thanks Alison Stockman of Laurelwood at the Pinehills in Plymouth for the loving care she and her staff gave Mum. We were blessed to have the support of Donna Tsitos, RN, and her team from Cranberry Hospice making Mum comfortable surrounded by family in her final days.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Visiting hours will be on Saturday February 23, 2019 from 9 -10AM in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Route 28, Marstons Mills, MA. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11AM in Our Lady of Assumption Church, Wianno Ave., Osterville, MA. Burial will follow in Mosswood Cemetery, Putnam Ave., Cotuit.