Arletta “Rocky” Ann Roxlau Menke, 84, of Fort Madison IA, passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5:47 p.m. at Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison. Rocky was born in Waukegan, IL on February 19, 1937 to Carl J. and B. Pauline (Stump) Roxlau. She married Leroy “Pete” Menke April 19, 1958 and was a lifelong resident of Fort Madison. She was of the Catholic faith. Rocky retired from the Sheaffer Pen Company. Rocky’s passions were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, the Democratic Party and the UAW. She rarely missed any of their activities. She was a member of the Lee County Democrats and played an active role every election cycle. Rocky volunteered at the Sheaffer Pen Museum.
Those left to cherish her memory include: Daughters Julie (Mark) Kramer of West Point, IA and Janice (M. Steven) Verstrat of Burlington, IA; Granddaughters Melissa (Scott) Gillespie, Heather Kramer, Kimberly (Brent) Fraise and Brittany (Gabe Frantz) Gilpin; Great-grandchildren Nolan Gillespie, Layla Fraise, and Baby Fraise; sister-in-law, Patricia “Patty” Weckbach; Nieces and Nephews, Steve (Jenny) Schlicher, Carl (Jeannie) Schlicher, Sherri (Jay) Fullenkamp), and Dennis (Kimberly) Kirchner, Gary Scharpman, Terry (Linda) Scharpman, Rick Scharpman, Becky (Dave) Biegler, Dr. Robert “Bob” (Cris) Weckbach, Cindy (Randy) Poulter, and Mary (Marvin) Boeding, and several grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces and great-grand nephews. Brother, John Roxlau and Brother in law, Roger Kirchner. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Leroy “Pete” Menke, sisters Carlene “Connie” Schlicher and Judy Kirchner, sisters and brothers in law, Laura (Maurice) Scharpman, Edward (Elizabeth) Menke, Margaret (Dr. William) Weckbach, Walter (Bea) Menke and Edward Weckbach, nephews Scott Kirchner and William “Billy” Weckbach, and niece Cathy Reed.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 2, 2021 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service to immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial has been established for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or P.A.W. Animal Shelter. She will be buried along with her husband on Tuesday, August 3, 3021 at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Online condolences to Rocky’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.
We are thankful that she spent her final years at the Kensington where she got to be taken care of and enjoy herself. She was always ready to hop on the bus and go on an adventure or set up a game of euchre. Thank you to the very special staff at “The K”. She would want us to remind everyone to get their absentee ballots in the mail timely.