of Alice Roark
Northcentral Maltese Rescue, Inc.
Thank You to Special People
Alice Ann Roark
June 28, 1938 - December 3, 2016
LOWELL, INDIANA: Alice Ann Roark, 78, of Lowell, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016. She is survived by her husband, C.A.; children: Craig, Kevin, Darlene (James) Rodgers, Dianna (Brian) Marcotte; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren. Alice Ann was a board member at the North Central Maltese Rescue, where she spent the last 15 years volunteering, fostering and rescuing over 150 dogs. Cremation will precede Visitation, Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 5:00- 7:00PM at Sheets Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 604 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Northcentral Maltese Rescue at:
Alice with her family in 2005
A friend to all 4-legged animals
Helping out at Pet Expo, 2014
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We have lost our dear Alice. She was a kind, generous lady. Alice fostered many dozens of dogs in her home while they awaited a forever home. She cared for them and made them feel safe while experiencing a path to a new life. She continued to help rescue while battling years of cancer. Alice was the best and she will be missed by many. Northcentral Maltese Rescue says thank you Alice for being so selfless and generous. You will be missed by many. XOXO
Just heard about Alice and her passing. I have to share. Alice and her husband went to pick up a 2 lb chihuahua, named Pink from down south. Brought her up here for me to foster, thanks to Mary. Pat H. and I went to Illinois to meet Alice and her husband. Alice and CA took a detour to their house in Indiana, to pick up this special toy for her. Alice said she just knew that this little girl needed a special miss lamb chop to cuddle. Was she right?
Donations in Memory of Alice
Velvet Bow Dog Grooming, Lynn Vasko
Sandra Owen & Stephen Fardig
Joan Marie Zech
Suzi Greenberg Davis
Kathy & George Bailey
Claudia Jo & Gary Lagacy
You were met at Rainbow Bridge by all those who
went before you
A beautiful Rainbow Bridge Story
Rescuer's Rainbow Bridge
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.
"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed her towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply.
We so honored to have met Alice, she was a true hero and will be so sadly missed by so many, but her passed doggies will be so happy to see her again, their gain is our sad loss, RIP special doggy Angel.
My family and I picked up our little Maltese puppy mill rescue, Cookie, from Alice three years ago. She had taken this terrified little girl in and taught her how to be loved by people. Alice was truly a special, dear soul, and she will be greatly missed by all the Maltese who didn't get to meet her. We are so thankful for her care of our Cookie, who is thriving now. We wouldn't have her without Alice teaching her how to love again. Our prayers and sympathy to Alice's family.
Bill, Noelle and Evie C.
Campsie & Gary Grothendieck
Cheryl, Terrance, Ryan & Patrick Claus
Michele & Sherwin Slutsky
Judy & Wayne Luczak
Janet & Gary Neitzel
Nancy & Henry Lain