Visitation Information:

September 15th, 2022 at 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Memorial Park South Funeral Homes & Cemeteries South - Flowery Branch
4121 Falcon Parkway Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Service Information:

September 16th, 2022 at 01:45 PM
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
6439 Spout Spring Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Mr. Peter Joseph Rocco, 77

Peter Joseph Rocco, 77, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, passed away from a long illness on September 5th, 2022. He passed away in the comfort of his own home in the presence of loved ones.

Peter is preceded in death by his mother, Angela Cicinelli-Ward and by his sister, Mary Linda Salemi.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Gertrud, who was his vigilant caretaker and by his sons Michael (Christine) and Mark (Debbie), daughter Elisabeth (Danny), brother William Ward, and sister Roseanne Dickson (Ron). He was the beloved Opa of Claire, Gabriel, and Justin, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews. His wife’s family from Germany especially enjoyed visits with their Uncle Peter.

Peter grew up in Chicago, Illinois, graduated from St. Philp High School in 1961, and entered the U.S. Air Force later that same year.

In the Air Force, Peter was stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea. He was then stationed at Chicksands Air Force Base, just north of London, England, and while there, Peter took college-level courses through the University of Maryland. Peter left the Air Force in 1967.

Upon his return to the United States from his Air Force tours, Peter attended Illinois Industrial College, where he graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree.

The Glidden Company hired Peter after his college graduation, and he eventually ran Glidden plants in Chicago, Reading, PA, Atlanta, and Gainesville (GA). Peter’s colleagues attributed his success to his strong work ethic, his people skills, and his drive to help his organization grow and earn distinctions for their safety.

Upon entering his permanent retirement in 2004, Peter spent time volunteering for Mended Hearts of Chapter 302 Gainesville, where he served as President and as Assistant Regional Director of the Southern Region for Mended Hearts. Peter also loved volunteering for the Theatre Wings, an organization that supported college students within the Gainesville Theater Alliance (GTA). He cheered on some of the GTA graduates by attending many theater performances and felt proud of their achievements.

First and foremost, however, Peter valued his friends and family. He maintained friendships going back many decades, whether he knew them from school, from the Air Force, or through his career.  Peter constantly kept in touch with his extensive network of friends, and often traveled afar to see them.  He also deeply cared for his family, and cherished the accomplishments of his sons, his daughter, his grandchildren, and nephews and nieces. In his later years, he soaked up stories about what his grandchildren were up to and often phoned his distant friends and family.

There will be a visitation on September 15, 2022 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Pkwy., Flowery Branch, GA 30542, from 6:00 to 8:00pm Peter’s family will be present to welcome family and friends. The funeral service, and a celebration of Peter’s life, will be held on September 16, 2022 at 1:45pm, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 6439 Spout Springs Rd., Flowery Branch, GA 30542.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Peter’s name to the Emory Winship Cancer Institute (, to the Theatre Wings Endowment Fund (, or to  Mended Hearts (

Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge of arrangements.  Send on-line condolences to           


Condolences 18
Lane Stephenson, Affinis Hospice Chaplain 2022-09-07 11:14:49
We express our condolences to you and your family. It is our privilege to have been a part of Mr. Rocco's care.
William DiMeo 2022-09-07 18:19:31
To Gertrude and Rocco's family, Angie and I offer our deepest sympathy, and offer our prayers. Rocco , as I called him, was a great Air Force buddy and will forever be missed. We had great times at RAF Chicksands and Angie and I especially enjoyed the reunions with you and Peter. God Bless!.
William DiMeo 2022-09-07 18:28:13
Gertrude, Angie and I offer our sincerest condolences to you and your family. Rocco, as I called him, was a great friend and we shared some great times at RAF Chicksands. Angie and I also loved the reunions we had with you and Rocco, Steve and Russ. All our prayers are with you and your families. Bill and Angie Di Meo
Gene Wickert 2022-09-07 19:46:07
My Condolences to Peter’s wife Gertrude and to his family. I knew Peter from his Chicksands days way back in the 1960s. He stayed in touch with my husband and I over the years, coming to visit us in Charleston SC when his son was attending The Citadel. Enjoyed his many phone calls to us, usually coming around the holidays. Rest In Peace Rocco!
Duane (Aggie) Smith 2022-09-08 10:41:01
How fortunate in life I have been for Peter to have called me his friend. There is now a void in my heart that will never mend. RIP Peter because you so richly deserve it!!!! Ag
David Lawrence 2022-09-08 13:54:43
I will never forget you! You were my best friend. You tough me so much in life that I was able to use in all aspects in my career. Family love y’all so much D.Law
Nancy Sipos 2022-09-08 19:40:28
Gertrude, Dave and I are saddened to learn of Peter’s passing. We are sending you and your family our condolences.
Terry Jackson, Glasgow, Ky 2022-09-09 09:27:57
I met "Rock" when I arrived in England, 1966. We hit it off from the very time we met. Always very kind, friendly and easy to admire, he truly was one of the good ones. We had a good talk a few days ago and discussed our Air Force reunion, coming up later this month, he was hoping to come. I was planning to call him shortly, but so many times in life, we let those moments slip away. My wife Connie and I extend our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your loved one and a dear friend of mine. To Gertrud and the family, our prayers are with you. Connie and Terry
Vanessa Winkler 2022-09-09 14:05:29
Auch wir, die Familie aus Deutschland, werden Peter nicht vergessen. Er war immer so gastfreundlich und hat uns so herzlich empfangen, dass es für uns ein zweites zu Hause war. Wir werden die gemeinsamen Essen mit ihm vermissen und seine Westernfilme im Hintergrund werden sogar auch fehlen. Er war immer großzügig und hat uns spüren lassen, dass wir für ihn zur engsten Familie zählen. Wir haben so viele schöne Erinnerungen an unsere Besuche... So bleibt auch er in unseren Erimnerungen!
Gary n Carol Chudy - Di Renzo 2022-09-10 03:26:33
Our prayers and most sincere sympathy and condolences to Gertrude and families of your children and extended May Peter RIP with the Angels in Heaven 🙏✝️✝️✝️✝️🙏💓💕🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 We will be donating to Mended Hearts 🥰
Ashley and Marie Shemain 2022-09-10 22:36:02
Dear Gertrude, so sorry to hear about Peter’s passing. God bless him, We shall pray for him.
Randy Whitfield 2022-09-11 21:08:08
Ms, Gertrud, it saddens my heart to hear this news. You and Peter meant so much to my mom(Ruth Kepler) while she was in the Mending Hearts Program and afterward! You will always have a special place in my heart for what you did. Rest In Peace Peter, you are loved by many!
Anna Losito 2022-09-12 21:39:18
Peter was a cousin through marriage n from that date forward we have stayed in touch even though we lived in different states! Your calls n talking to you Peter will be a huge hole in my heart. By now you have see your cousin Jimmy n all of the family!!! :) In all of our calls we always told each other....I. love You! I will stay in touch with Gertrude n family! Love you my sweet cousin Peter!!!! RIP
Troy & Joyce Herrington 2022-09-13 22:07:49
Troy and I send our deepest sympathy Gertrude and to your family. Peter will be greatly missed by us all.
Jennifer Hettinger 2022-09-14 23:44:50
Auch wir werden Peter immer in unserem Herzen tragen. Peter und Gertrud haben uns währen unseren USA Reisen immer mit offenen Armen empfangen und uns mit der ganzen Familie in ihrem wundervollen Zuhause zusammen gebracht. Peter war ein besonderer Mann. Wir möchten uns für die schöne gemeinsame Zeit bedanken an welche wir uns immer gerne erinnern. Herzliches Beileid auch im Namen meiner Eltern Angelika und Udo, sowie meines Bruders Daniel Grabner.
Ernest and Johnnie Lawrence 2022-09-15 13:34:42
We are so very grateful for all of the wonderful times we spent with Gertrud and Peter. We were always welcomed in your home to eat Gertrud ‘s delicious cooking . “In the garden of your emptiness, we send you flowers that grow. In the dryness if your spirit, we send an overflow. In your darkness, we send light and sunshine that is bright and and many candles that you may light and light bulbs that glow all through the night . We love you both.
Nancy Ledford 2022-09-15 14:50:52
I'm so sorry for your loss. Peter was such a fine man. He's devotion and love for his family and people he knew and visited with was a blessing. Prayers for you and the family
Garey Estes 2022-09-15 15:08:13
Pete, you were a great leader, mentor and friend. I learned so much from your leadership style. Your example paved the way for success in my career. You will be missed!!! Gertrud, you and the family are certainly in our prayers during these difficult days.
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