Earth lost a beautiful soul on June 24th 2022. Laurie's strong faith allowed her to show love and kindness to all that met her. Laurie Ann Rock was born on September 6, 1958 to Aurelia Ann Sturm and Gordon Carl Sturm in Fresno, California.
Laurie had a very happy childhood, with her mother Ann providing many happy celebrations for every occasion: birthdays, holidays, inviting school friends to come to the house for play and refreshments. As the first-born child, she was a very caring and protective big sister to her younger siblings and was always tolerant and good-natured towards her tom-boy younger sister, even though she couldn't have been more different herself. The family moved every few years due to Gordon working in management with the J. C. Penney Company which required promotion transfers. Laurie enjoyed her school years and many friends. She took piano and dance lessons and later was also active in tennis and Bobby Sox softball. Laurie had many friends at Madera High School and when it was time to transfer again to Stockton, California, in 1974 at the age of 16, she felt very reluctant, but accepted the move and adjusted very well in making new friends at Stagg High School.
In 1976, Laurie married her high school sweetheart, Calvin Funkhauser, and daughter Kristin, whom she adored, was born to this union. This youthful marriage, however, was short-lived and in 1980 she married Jim Cunningham. Son Matthew was born to this union. Matthew's love for his mother and her deep love for him has been unshakeable since his birth and exists just as strongly now as it had during their life together. Several years later, they also adopted Jim's nephew, Nicholas Honey, and changed his name to Nicholas Bradley Cunningham, to complete their family. When Laurie first saw three month old Nick, she knew he was her child. She fell in love with him at first sight. Laurie and Jim lived in Galt where they were co-owners of an appliance store and she worked as the bookkeeper. She was baptized at Galt Bible church.
They later moved to Twain Harte, California. Laurie devoted these years to raising her children and almost had a sixth sense when it came to her well-honed mother's intuition. Her son Matthew remembers her arriving at the hospital before the ambulance, or before anyone even called her, to see if he was okay after a bike accident. She would always call at the perfect time if something wasn't going well, just to check in. Somehow, she just knew when her children weren't doing well and needed love. She loved attending their ball games, school activities, and cheering them on from the stands. Laurie was very witty and brought laughter to every space she occupied. She was an indulgent mother and enjoyed decorating each of her houses to create a beautiful, comfortable, home for her family.
Later in life, in 2007, after raising her family, Laurie married Robert Rock on the beach in Kihei on Maui and lived 3 years in Kona on the Big Island. She was accepted to nursing and hygienist schools, and was able to attain several associate degrees during her life. Upon returning to Sonora she worked in assisted living facilities. Her loves were her family, her dog Frankie, her Twain Harte home and Hawaii. Laurie had immense inner strength and fought for life. She survived a liver transplant in December of 2016 which, with the lifesaving grace of a donor, gave her five more years of life. This woman of great taste, faith and kindness will be deeply missed.
Laurie is survived by her husband Robert Rock; three children: Kristin Arrindell of Kialua Kona, Hawaii, Matthew Cunningham of Sonora, California, and Nicholas Cunningham of Sonora, California; her father Gordon Sturm, sister Jennifer Galindo, brothers James and Bradley Sturm; and her stepchildren Jon and Alisha Rock. Laurie was preceded in death by her mother Ann Sturm.