Sandra Lee Rock

Oct 9, 1949 - Aug 26, 2020


Sandra Lee Rock

Sandra Lee Rock

Born 10/9/1949 – Memorial Hospital Sacramento, CA

Died 8/26/2020 – Sutter General Hospital   70 years

Daughter of George W. Puthuff and Alma Rhae Puthuff (Price)

Survived by Brother Edward Ring (Washington) and Sister Robin Covarrubias (Arizona)

Devoted and loving wife to Jim Rock for 50 years (California)

Daughters Rachelle Lynch, Ernie Lynch, Granddaughters Oliva Rhae and Iris Helene (Arizona)

Daughter Julia Rock (California)

Sandy and her family moved to San Jose in early childhood. She attended grade, middle and Blackford High School. Jim and Sandy met in 1968 at a party and the romance blossomed. They were married in 1970 in San Jose. Sandy started her working life at Hewitt Packard. After moves to Concord, Clayton, Chicago, Goleta, and Concord, they settled in Rancho Murieta, CA in 1989 where she worked at Sutter Hospital in Administration.

Sandy’s compassion and kindness, and positive attitude showed in everything she did. Always looking to help others even after enduring countless procedures and surgeries that left her in pain her last years from both Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Crohn’s Disease (which ended her life).

She co-founded the Central Valley Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2000 to support patients with this terminal disease. Sandy spoke at national conventions, traveled, and lobbied US Congress for many years to bring awareness and funding, securing a House Resolution #178 recognizing the disease and witnessed the passing in the House Gallery. She also was instrumental in gaining California proclamations dedicating the month of October as IPF month.

Sandy’s family was her absolute top priority and love. Planning birthdays, Christmas celebrations, and Anniversaries was her specialty, making sure that every detail was in place to make everyone feel special and loved.

Sandy’s happy place was the Pacific Ocean. She would gaze at and walk at the shoreline for hours. The Ocean will be her final resting place in time with Jim. 

We will have a celebration of Sandy’s life when it is safe to do so.  She insisted on a happy, wild 50’s party.

If you knew Sandy, you know you were loved. She was an amazing force for good. In her memory, please do something kind for someone every day. That is how she lived every day of her very precious life. We miss her beyond words.


  • Crys & Bill Hayden says:

    I was soo sad to hear about Sandy. I will always look back at our last get together with fond memories. Our hearts go out to you and your family

  • Cate Merritt Murphy says:

    Sandy brought such joie de vivre to everyone she met on a daily basis. So grateful to have known her and become her honorary uncle Tio. She never lost her smile; we will look for signs of her all around us each day. Blessings to Jim, Julia, Rachelle and all the family.

  • Celia Lettis says:

    She was a lovely lady. I, for one, wish after high school we had kept in better contact.

  • Connie DuLany says:

    Being Jim’s youngest sister, I met Sandy when I was 9 or 10 and thought she was beautiful. When Rachelle came home from the hospital, I was the honored one who got to give out Halloween candy so Sandy and Jim could tend to the new baby Rachelle. Sandy gave me my wedding shower, my baby shower and was there when I could not get our infant Melissa to stop crying. I was crying and called Sandy and she told me someday this baby would grow up so enjoy the moment and for me not to be too hard on myself. Sandy will be very missed by several however in our family there is a big void. RIP Sandy

  • Kaylin Chandler Rodriquez says:

    As a high school classmate and all that she endured, Sandy was without a doubt a true BRAVE. She fought the fight with dignity and she will definitely be missed buy many. Rest in peace Sandy.
    Kaylin Chandler-Rodriquez

  • Emma Rock says:

    Sandy was the greatest sister-in-law anyone could wish for. Warm and accepting of everyone she met, she was filled with joy and a love of life that did not diminish when facing difficult times.
    I will never forget her. Rest in peace, dear Sandy.

  • Michael Shanahan says:

    Sandy was a wonderful, friendly person. After reading her biography, I can see that she continued to be the person I knew in high school.

  • Linda Rippen says:

    Jim, I hope your loss will be eased by your wonderful memories of Sandy over time. She was always a friendly face at parties at Connie’s house. Chuck and I are sorry for your loss.

  • Morgan Covarrubias says:

    We love you Aunt Sandy! I’ll always remember the great times the family and I had growing up and visiting you and the girls at the house and family reunions. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten. Much love to Uncle Jim, Rachelle, and Julia. Love you all <3

  • Bruce Singer says:

    Our large family will miss Cousin/Aunt/Mom Sandy. I’m glad to have been a cousin with so many fun memories of cousin Sandy, and Jim, and family. RIP.

Sign the Guestbook

Your email address will not be published.

ERROR: please select I'm not a robot!