In loving memory of

Sharon Lee Rockwell Derganz
July 1, 1954 - January 20, 2019

Sharon Lee Rockwell Derganz, 64, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday morning, January 20, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M., Sunday, January 27, 2019, at the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. A luncheon will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at the Sutton Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Sharon Lee Rockwell was born on July 1, 1954 in Ft. Riley, Kansas, to Donald Alyn and Wanda Lee (Garretson) Rockwell. She was a 1972 graduate of Andrew High School and then attended and graduated from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science.

Sharon had lived in Texas for ten years and had worked for Century Geophysical Corporation as a mineral logger from 1977 to 1982. She then returned home to Iowa where she married Kenneth Derganz and became a farmwife and mother.

Sharon was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed horses, geology, archaeology, reading and study.

Sharon is survived by her parents, Don and Wanda Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA; her husband Kenneth Derganz of Maquoketa, IA; children, Dustin Derganz and Agatha "Aggie" Derganz; a grandchild, Mikaela Derganz; and brothers, Donald Wayne Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA, and Warren Glenn Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents Kenneth and Winona Garretson, paternal grandparents Glenn and Geraldine Rockwell, and a sister Lynne Ann Rockwell.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Sharon Derganz memorial fund has been established.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at


Debbie Malouff wrote on Mar 1, 2019:

" Sharon was my best friend in high school. She was so kind, thoughtful and caring. Sending comfort and prayers to the whole family. Debbie Eggers Malouff "

Bob Head wrote on Jan 31, 2019:

"You have our sincere condolences . Bob & Joan Head"

Lorna Dewell wrote on Jan 30, 2019:

"Thinking of you all, with Deepest Sympathy, and prayers, Lorna Dewell"

Caroline Cueno Bybee wrote on Jan 29, 2019:

"I first knew Sharon while swimming at Pat Hasenbank?s pool. We would talk about chickens as she had ordered some from my family?s Webster City hatchery. She also introduced me to Louise Penny?s books which take place in Quebec. She knew I would love them being a French teacher at the time. Lastly, I would run into her at the Y working out as best she could. My condolences. Warm regards, Caroline Cueno Bybee"

Ken and Linda Turner wrote on Jan 27, 2019:

"Don, Wanda, and Warren, we are so sorry for your loss. We are sure she will be greatly missed by your whole family. Ken and Linda Turner"

Ron and Mary Horan wrote on Jan 26, 2019:

"Rosie and Willard Edwards SO sorry for your loss."

Ron and Mary Horan wrote on Jan 26, 2019:

"Your family is in our thoughts and prays."

Connie Bonney wrote on Jan 26, 2019:

"To Aggie and Dustin and her family- so very sorry to read this about Sharon, would chat with her a bit when we were at the Y...Rest in peace now, and breath in that air w/o help,,She was a trooper for sure and a very fine lady.. know i am thinking of you all in this hard time."

Joyce richardson wrote on Jan 25, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you."

Nancy wrote on Jan 24, 2019:

"To the family I express my sincere condolences. May you be a source of comfort and strength to each other during this difficult time. Please keep in mind the wonderful hope of a resurrection (Acts 24:15)."

Judy Rains wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Aggie, sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady. God bless you!"

Diane Haylock wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

John Arthur wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"I am so sorry to hear of Sharon ?Rocky? passing. I was the last Earth Science graduate from Simpson in 1973. I had a few classes with Rocky and she was always so much fun and full of joy along with her love for rocks and the earth sciences. I wish I could remember some funny memory but I?m sure she told you about Doc Alberding who guided our experiences in our pursuit of a higher education. Just know she left a great impact on me and it was a joy to know her in those formulative years. Thinking of you and your family. John ?Art? Arthur "

Steve & Cindy Daniels wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Sharon's Family, So sorry for your loss. First meet Sharon, when we got a puppy from her, which we had for many years.She always asked about him. Waited on her for many years at Jack & Jill as well as Fareway. What a fine lady. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Todd Owen wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Warren, Wayne, Don, Wanda so sorry to hear of Sharon?s passing. My family?s thoughts and prayers are with you all. "

Lisa Elgin wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"My thoughts and prayers to the family. "

Loretta Hoogerhyde wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Sending thoughts and prayers for the entire family ??"

Brenda DeMoss Groves wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Sharon. She always had a smile on her face and kind words to be said. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers . May she rest in peace."

Jane McDonald wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort and peace. "

Criss Gilbert wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Sharon was a classmate in geology classes at Simpson and knew far more than I could ever hope to know about the geology of the US. In the picture of ISU Geology Field camp, she is front and center in the grey T-shirt. God Bless you "Rocky" we will miss you. Keeping family and friends in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Jody Sutton wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy to Don, Wanda, Warren and Wayne and family. I have many childhood memories of growing up and playing together. Love to the family."

Chalette wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"Thoughts and prayers for family. "

Patsy Krantz wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"To her family my deepest sympathies to you all"

Karen Manning wrote on Jan 22, 2019:

"I remember Sharon as a great reader. Even when she was using a walker to recover from surgeries, she propped up a book. Bless you all. Karen Manning"