Rosemarie Slockbower

January 13, 1965September 1, 2012

Rosemarie Slockbower passed away September 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida, surrounded by the love of her husband Michael and sons Kyle and Brian. Her tremendous faith in God, inherent strength, and constant care from husband Michael, served her well in her final days in hospice. She also leaves behind her family in California, sisters Carmen (Rick) Oldano of Menlo Park and Christina Hoffknecht of Monterey, brothers Edward (Rita) Hoffknecht of Fresno, William (Jannie) of Merced, Frederick of Redwood City and sister-in-law Jill (Eric) Hoffknecht of Oakland. She leaves her Slockbower family, Debra (Tony) King of Sunnyvale, James(Cassie) Slockbower of Sunnyvale, and Robert Slockbower of Ormond Beach, FL. She also leaves her beloved aunt Ruthie and aunt and uncle Hilda & Rex Freeman of Merced and numerous cherished cousins, nieces and nephews. Rosemarie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Hoffknecht, brother Eric Hoffknecht and sister Helen Beegle. ‘Ro’ attended Merced High School where she enjoyed competing on the track team with her sister Christy, cousins and friends; she also competed in accounting with the Future Business Leaders of America. She graduated from MHS, with honors,1983. Ro then attended College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CA, 1984–1985. She transferred to Michigan State University and graduated with a BS in Industrial Psychology. Ro was elected Student Graduation Speaker for the Dec 1987 commencement, and then enjoyed a trek with classmates in January 1988 to Pasadena where her beloved Spartans won the Rose Bowl. She met her wonderful husband Michael in California, when both were working at an event and rental company. Rosemarie always knew what she wanted – and Michael was clearly one of the people she knew she would always want in her life. They married in June 1990. Kyle was born in 1995, after the couple moved to Stillwater, New Jersey. Brian followed in 2000, also born in NJ. During their sixteen years in NJ, Rosemarie worked at both ThorLabs in Andover and the Sussex County Chapter of the Red Cross. The family attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Stillwater where both Rosemarie and Kyle were members of the choir. The family moved to St. Augustine, FL in 2010 where Ro went to work as a Project Manager for ICS RfSmart in Jacksonville, FL where she enjoyed a supportive work environment and great friends. The family were members of both Our Lady of Good Counsel and Saint Sebastian's in St. Augustine where Rosemarie and Kyle were members of both choirs. Rosemarie was never so happy as when she was with all her “boys” enjoying family barbecues, going to the beach and collecting shells, or attending school, sport, and church activities. She will be profoundly missed by her family and many friends from school, work, and church.

The support and love she received from her wonderful friends at ICS, treasured pastor Fr. Guy Noonan at Our Lady Of Good Counsel, as well as Sr. Marie-Therese from St. Sebastian's will always be recalled with great gratitude and love.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 6th with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, located at 5950 State Road 16, St Augustine FL 32092, with Rev. Guy Noonan as Celebrant.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 6, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 6, 2012

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Lisa Rohrer

September 15, 2012

Ro knew how to love and she shared it freely. She was absolutely amazing to me and I will miss her. Thanks to Mike and the boys for allowing me that special time I shared with her at your home in the beginning of June. I will always remember and cherish those days I had with her and her family. I pray now that you will all find comfort and peace as you struggle through this time of loss.

Wendy Wolfe

September 13, 2012

Her beautiful smile and love of life will be missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May her love guide you in these difficult days.

Edna Talmadge

September 8, 2012

Michael, Kyle and Brian,
My sister Judy use to babysit you two boys a very long time ago. We were just wondering how you all were doing and where you were living. We were so sadden to hear about RO. She was a wonderful person and Mother. She loved you boy's so very much. Please take care of yourselves.
Edna and Judy.

Hap Auch III

September 7, 2012

Ro was customer of mine, who became a co-worker, and quickly...a friend. She made my life better for being in it. I will miss her bright smile, sharp humor and beaming spirit. She will be greatly missed. -- Hap.

Danny Bushman

September 6, 2012

So sorry for your lose. Ro was such a great inspiration on how she enjoyed life. She will surely be missed.

Judy Smith

September 6, 2012

So sorry you had to "leave" so soon.Brian and Steven will have such good memories of you.You were a wonderful mother and a very sweet person. Rest in peace.

Julie West

September 6, 2012

I knew Ro in college at Michigan State. She was a lovely girl who was smart, had leadership skills and was truly genuine. I am sorry for your family's loss. May God surround you with his love...

Dana Barry

September 6, 2012

Rosemarie was the epitome of what all people should strive to be. She was the true definition of what a "friend" is. She inspired us all, personally and professionally, and was a mother beyond any kind I've ever seen. Michael, Kyle and Brian, my deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I know she will shine from above and keep you safe and help you through this difficult time. Ro, your friendship over all these years has been one of the most beautiful gifts I have received in this life. I will miss you so very much and love you even more.

~ Bruce, Robin & Kaylee Gilliland

September 6, 2012

We were so blessed to have Rosemarie in our lives for more than 15 years. She was a beautiful, graceful woman with an incredibly kind heart. So courageous and full of wisdom. She truly inspired us and touched our lives. She will be loved and missed always. We pray that God will give the family strength and peace through the loss of their loved one.

September 6, 2012

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Rosemarie. She was the loving sister of our son-in-law Eric and our prayers are with Michael, Kyle and Brian.