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LUNENBURG — Carmen Rock-Page, 80, passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve, 2007, at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton.

Carmen was born in Germany on Oct. 23, 1927. After surviving a childhood devastated by World War II, she married Sgt. Joseph J. Rock and moved to the United States in 1953 where they raised four children. She became a U.S. citizen in 1955 and was extremely proud to be an American. Each year she acknowledged the anniversary with patriotic enthusiasm and deep gratitude for living in the United States.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 24 years, Edmund G. Page, and her four beloved children, Charles J. Rock, of Lunenburg, Randy R. Rock and his wife, Valerie, of Shirley; two daughters, Linda M. Kavalaris and Cynthia C. Rock, both of San Francisco, Calif.; and six wonderful grandchildren, Anza Smith, Randall Neylon, Daniel Neylon, Joseph Kavalaris, Cherise Rock and Nathan Rock. She also leaves a stepson, Lt. Col. Dr. Neil E. Page, of Virginia, and two stepdaughters, Barbara Lynn Hixson of Chicago and Catherine A. Ciccone of Lunenburg.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 24 years, Edmund G. Page, and her four beloved children, Charles J. Rock, of Lunenburg, Randy R. Rock and his wife, Valerie, of Shirley; two daughters, Linda M. Kavalaris and Cynthia C. Rock, both of San Francisco, Calif.; and six wonderful grandchildren, Anza Smith, Randall Neylon, Daniel Neylon, Joseph Kavalaris, Cherise Rock and Nathan Rock. She also leaves a stepson, Lt. Col. Dr. Neil E. Page, of Virginia, and two stepdaughters, Barbara Lynn Hixson of Chicago and Catherine A. Ciccone of Lunenburg.

Carmen was a true survivor with an inspirational determination to overcome obstacles, an impeccable work ethic, and an uncanny ability to find laughter in any situation. She was well known by many for her loyalty, kind-hearted spirit and giving nature.

Carmen loved the sun and the beach and enjoyed entertaining friends and family, caring for her home and tending her garden. She enjoyed her family and the devotion of her adult children. In her late 30s she had a brief modeling career with Mary Gallo of Fitchburg, but for a majority of her working life she enjoyed serving the public in the food and beverage industry. She earned legendary status at the renowned Bull Run Restaurant and often recalled the early days with Lee and Mary Guercio.

Carmen traveled through out the world and in the later years made frequent trips to San Francisco and to her beloved Hawaii to visit her two daughters and her grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Gramzel.”

Although Carmen’s physical presence is no longer with us, her spirit lives forever in our hearts and our minds as we recall her beauty, strength and love of life.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Route 2A) Ayer. Please see www.andersonfuneral.com for additional information. There are no calling hours.

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