Elaine Stella Roeckner
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Elaine Stella Roeckner
  • December 19, 1925 - October 6, 2017
  • Phoenix, Arizona

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Elaine Stella Fischer-Bastian-Graves-Roeckner December 19th, 1925 - October 6th, 2017

Elaine passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in Chandler, Arizona. Elaine's life began in Searles, MN. She was born the youngest of 3 to her parents Ed & Anne Fischer. After graduating, she met, fell in love with and married Harold Bastian. They made a beautiful life together in Kenosha, WI where they had their 5 children; Bette, Bill, Mary, Debbie, & Jane.

They also followed their dream to open their own business, the Sunnyside Club which is still open today. As that business thrived, they also opened Town & Country Liquors. Together they were greatly involved in their church, their family and made friendships that lasted a lifetime for themselves and their children! They enjoyed bridge groups and boating on Lake Michigan. When Harold passed away at only 45 years old, Elaine prayed that God would send her family someone who would need and love them as much as they would need and love him.God sent Bob Graves, President of TreeSweet Orange Juice and that fateful union brought Elaine and her 3 younger daughters to California. Elaine traveled with Bob, made more friends, volunteered and even took up tennis at the age of 50!

They created quite a life together in 7 short years until Bob passed away after heart surgery. In a span of 3 years, Elaine lost her whole adult life; Bob, her parents and her 2 older brothers. So Elaine tried life back in Wisconsin for a bit, but chose to ultimately move to Arizona, where she and Bob had thought of retiring. Scottsdale was a time to grieve and heal and move on. With time she found an active lifestyle through tennis and golf. She found a church to be a part of, visited with friends both new and old and enjoyed her ever growing family! After about 17 years she met Jack Roeckner in church, they married soon after and enjoyed many years filled with their faith, extended family and the contentment of full lives. Elaine had married Jack even knowing of his diagnosis of cancer.

They had healthy, happy years together. In his last years, Elaine took care of Jack with her loving heart, her gift to him and his 5 children. With time she moved into Sunrise Living in Chandler, where she brought her care for others, her laughter and her athletic ways to such games as: chair volleyball and chair basketball along with her "lady luck" to her daily bingo games. Her last 14 months were spent at Highland Luxury Home, Inc. under the loving care of Doina Farkas who treated our mother as if she were her own.
Elaine will be remembered as a loving Mom, a woman with a strong faith in God, her talent and gift to make any room beautiful, her fun spirit that led her to love any chance to dance, be playful and sing, her strength to soldier on and, of course, her infectious laugh.

Elaine is survived by her children, Bette (husband Dr. Dick DeMark), Bill (wife Linda Bastian), Mary (husband Gene Sullivan), Debbie (husband Jon Roll) & Jane (husband Ron Prince), her 23 grandchildren and 81 great grandchildren!
The Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, October 13th at 9:30 am at Our Lady of Sorrows in Phoenix, AZ with recitation of the rosary beginning at 9 am. There will be no visitation and the internment will be in Dewey, AZ next to her late husband Jack Roeckner.