Once diagnosed with ovarian cancer eight years ago, Veronica Gail Klosterman-Rock never gave up. She never complained and always maintained a brave, cheerful outlook of an optimistic future — even through countless chemotherapy treatments, hospitalizations and pain. She died peacefully May 4, 2013, surrounded by family at her home in Mahtomedi, Minn.
Veronica, known to her friends and family as Ronnie, was born Nov. 30, 1950, in Savannah, Ga., to Bruce and Violet Van Ness. She was raised and educated in Minot, N.D. She was married to Bruce Klosterman and in 2009 she was widowed to Lucien “Luke” Rock. Filled with compassion and interest in others, Ronnie made friends easily and managed to stay in contact with many.
As her children grew, she decided to obtain a nursing degree at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. She was a pediatric nurse and worked for a GI specialist during her career. After her diagnosis, she entered into early retirement. Ronnie was an avid reader and loved documentaries. She loved classic movies, music and vintage thrift finds. She had an eye for the unique and was very creative. She took pride in her beautiful and distinctive handwriting.
She is survived by her two children, Laurel (DeEtta Stevens) and Paul; sister, Allison (Jody) Van Ness-Reiswig, and her fond nieces Elizabeth and Annie Pons. She also is survived by her furry companions, Sweetie, Pup, and Toby. Our dearest Veronica, you have lived life fully, passionately, brave and courageously. Many people say there is nothing like a mother’s love, and they are right.
Our mother was an amazing person who showed love. She was caring and beautiful inside and out. She loved life, her family, and her friends. Our mother taught us to do the same. She raised us to be strong individuals and love unconditionally. There are no words that can describe the bond we had. We love you, Mom. Rest in peace.
We know you are watching over us every day. As said in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “This is the reason we do not give up. Our human body is wearing out. But our spirits are getting stronger every day.” Her life will be celebrated at a memorial gathering held in Minot, N.D.