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April 30, 2013

Patricia (McGuire) Rock, 83, Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE — Patricia (McGuire) Rock, 83, of Selinsgrove, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013.

She was born in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and grew up in a large, loving and joy-filled family.

Pat was a lifelong educator and held teaching positions from grade schools to professorships at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., and New York University in New York City. She was a specialist in the works of Shakespeare and taught legions of students about his poetry and plays. She was the inventor of the Great Grammarian, a successful board game she developed to teach the nuances of grammar skills, a particular interest of Pat’s over many years.

Pat was an active member of her religious community, the Sisters of Humility, Davenport, Iowa, and served in many roles over the course of her life. She was a faith-filled and loving member of the church, a zealous proponent of peace and justice and an unflagging opponent of their absence in her world view. Above all else, she was a gentle woman whose legacy to her family and friends was in her modeling of the Christian ideals. She will be greatly missed but held forever in our hearts.

She leaves behind her loving brother, James McGuire and his wife, Mary Lou; her beloved sister, Kathleen (McGuire) Pareti; and many adoring nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews, as well as a multitude of friends, business associates, students and general admirers of her goodness, wisdom and integrity.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Marjorie Clark, Marian Barry and Aileen Grigis; one brother, John; and William A. Rock.

“Death lies on her, like an untimely frost, Upon the sweetest flower of all the field.” - Romeo and Juliet.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 112 Fairview Drive, Selinsgrove, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11 with Father Daniel Powell as celebrant.

Interment will be in Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Selinsgrove.

Arrangements are by the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove.

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