Elsie asked that no services be held rather everyone do whatever fun thing they enjoy the most and celebrate her life.   Elsie made arrangements to be cremated and a private burial will be held at a later date per Elsie’s request.   Remembrances can be made to:   West Kern Oil Museum, P.O. Box 491, Taft, CA 93268.

ELSIE BELLE ROCKBERG

Elsie passed away peacefully on June 6, 2011.   Born on October 17, 1919 in Fort Collins, Colorado; she moved to Glendora, California at a young age.  Elsie moved to Taft, California and worked at Gardner Field during World War ll.  In the early 1950’s Elsie built her home in Valley Acres where she lived until December, 2007 when she moved to Carmichael, California to live nearer to her daughter, Karla.  At her passing she was living at Fair Oaks Estates assisted living in Carmichael.

Elsie is survived by her daughter Karla and her partner Michael; her son Carl and his wife Vickey; her daughter Mary Jo; her niece Virginia Tays; her nephews Jim Antrim and Bob Antrim and their families; grandsons Frank and Tom Costilow; and six great grandchildren Brian, Karrissa, Joshua, Jacob, Adam, and Lexi.    Her husband Carl, her sister and brother-in-law Ella Mae and Ray Antrim, her niece Linda Brough, and her parents preceded her in death.

Elsie was a District Manager for Avon before marrying Carl and the birth of their children Karla and Carl. After Carl’s tragic death, she returned to Cal State Bakersfield to obtain her Master’s Degree and then taught school for many years at Maricopa Elementary School teaching Special Ed, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade.    While teaching 5th Grade she had the privilege of taking her students to Camp K.E.E.P. each year.   Elsie retired from teaching in 1989.

Elsie was a past President of the Valley Acres Women’s Club, a former PTA President, and also a member of the First Baptist Church in Taft.

Elsie enjoyed traveling throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as to Scandinavia and Mexico.   She spent many happy hours at Pismo Beach and Morro Bay.   She often traveled to Sacramento to spend time with her daughter Karla.  She went to many car races with her son Carl and his wife Vickey.   She also traveled to Southern California to visit with her daughter Mary Jo and grandchildren.  Elsie never missed a chance to play Bingo, Canasta, or Bunco.     She also loved the theater, concerts, the Fresno Bulldogs, and especially the San Francisco Giants.

Elsie was always the life of the party even when she began to suffer from Dementia.   She kept her sense of humor, her pleasant demeanor, and her love of the San Francisco Giants including attending a ballgame in the new AT&T Park in San Francisco in September 2009 where her Giants beat the Dodgers 7 to 2.  Elsie never met a stranger and all loved her.

Elsie asked that no services be held rather everyone do whatever fun thing they enjoy the most and celebrate her life.   Elsie made arrangements to be cremated and a private burial will be held at a later date per Elsie’s request.   Remembrances can be made to:   West Kern Oil Museum, P.O. Box 491, Taft, CA 93268.