Roxann “Rocky” Vacek, age 37, and her son Dylan “D” Cornell, age 15, of Harris passed away January 16, 2009 as the result of an automobile accident. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 24th at Harris Covenant Church. A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. on Friday, January 23rd at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.
Roxann Rocky Lynn Vacek was born August 3, 1971 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Malcolm and Sandra (Chandler) Cornell. She was raised in Maple Grove and graduated from Irondale High School in 1989. Rocky had two sons, Dylan and Tristan Cornell. On October 21, 2006 she married Brian Vacek and they made their home in Harris. Brian was in the process of adopting Dylan. Rocky was employed as a teller at the Greater Minnesota Credit Union in Pine City. She worked so well with people, caring for her customers and co-workers far beyond the responsibility of her job. Rocky helped numerous clients with solving problems and assisting with whatever needed to be done, all with a sincere and generous heart.
Brian introduced Rocky to the outdoors and hunting and fishing. Rocky took to it completely and loved it. Rocky and Brian were partners in these outdoor activities creating many fantastic memories together. Rocky also enjoyed drawing, dancing, riding motorcycles, and working on arts & craft projects.
Dylan D Brian Cornell was born November 8, 1993 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. His family lived in Glenwood before moving to Harris. Dylan was in the 9th grade at North Branch. He loved to play video games, play football and go target shooting. Dylan also loved music and playing laser tag. He was involved in the youth group at Harris Covenant Church. Dylan had already decided that he would join the US Army after high school.
Rocky and Dylan will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all of their family and friends. Rocky is survived by her loving husband, Brian, and her son, Tristan Cornell of Harris; mother, Sandra Cornell of Inver Grove Heights; father, Malcolm Cornell of Cape Coral, Florida; brothers and sisters, Randy (Jane) Cornell, Troy (Amy) Cornell, Brenda (Kevin) Cornell, Malcolm Cornell Jr., Carissa Cornell, Alana Cornell, Amanda Cornell, and Emily Cornell; and by many other relatives and friends.
Dylan is survived by his father, Brian Vacek and brother, Tristan Cornell of Harris; biological father, Christopher Ditty of Edina; grandmothers, Sandra Cornell of Inver Grove Heights, Arlene (Greg) Blanchard of Big Lake; grandfathers, Malcolm Cornell of Cape Coral, Florida, and Don (Jackie) Vacek of Glenwood.
Rocky and Dylan are also survived by Brian’s brother and his wife, Paul and Lisa Vacek of Ellendale; step-grandfather, Orville Larson, step-brothers, Scott Formo, and Jeff (Nadine) Formo, and step-sister, Sharon (Jeremy) Friedrichs and their families; and by many aunts, uncles, cousins and many other relatives and friends.