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ALTROCK, Stanley C.

Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

Passed away on April 21, 2010, at his home in Carmichael, Calif. He was born on May 24, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Clara and Irving Altrock. In 1945, he and his family moved to Baltimore, Md., where he attended the Peabody School of Music. Stan graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ and served as Assistant Minister at the First Evangelical Church in Houston, Texas. Stan graduated from and served on the faculty of the Clinical Pastoral Training Program at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC. He was a Chaplain at Camarillo State Hospital, Camarillo, Calif., and at the California Youth Authority Northern California Reception Center, Sacramento, Calif. Stan served as a Chaplain in the Navy Reserve for 19 years, most recently for a number of years at the Coast Guard Air Station in Sacramento. He had a lifetime love of baseball, books, music and trains. Predeceased by both his parents and a son, Jeffrey, Stan is survived by daughter Laura of Los Angeles, Calif., sister Elaine Smith (Richard) of San Antonio, Texas, cousin Marilyn Dietrichs of Atlanta, Ga., nieces Stephanie Adams, Rebecca Sanchez, Valerie Smith, Brenda Dubourg and numerous great nieces and nephews. No service is planned. Remembrances may be made to Lancaster Theological Seminary Office of Advancement Lancaster Theological Seminary 555 West James St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Published in The Sacramento Bee on April 29, 2010

Guest book entries:

May 20, 2010

Stan, you were a big part of my family and at our house a lot while you were in Richmond and I was a teenager. (My dad, Dr.Arthur Newell, minister of St John's UCC until 1964, was a mentor of Stan's, and ordained him.) You sent a lovely letter to us for Daddy's funeral. Although you and I lost touch after we both got married and went our separate ways, our lives came back in touch in the 1980s. We have kept in touch since and I will greatly miss our long cross country phone calls. You always knew what to say to help me cope and I hope it was vice versa. I know you haven't been yourself for a number of years and I hope you are resting peacefully now. You've been a great confidant and friend. Enjoy Heaven, you paid your dues is many ways. Aloha. ~

Joan Newell,
Gastonia, North Carolina

May 19, 2010

Dear Family -

It is my understanding that Stan was connected to St. John's United Church of Christ of Richmond, Virginia. Rosalie Newell, daughter of our pastor in the 1950s & 60s, Rev. Arthur Newell, remembers Stan and apprised us of his death. ,P. Please receive our prayers, our sympathy and our appreciation for his service to God and country.

Rev. Jonathan Heaslet,
Richmond, Virginia

May 05, 2010

Caroline and Laura,

My deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Judi LaCert,
Magalia, California

May 02, 2010


Sorry to learn of Stan's death. I am praying that God will sustain and comfort you and Laura.

Francis Moore
(Stan's long time volunteer and repalcement at NRCC)

April 30, 2010

My deepest condolences. Uncle Stanley, I love you, and you will truly be missed.

Tiffany Smith,
San Jose, California

April 29, 2010

Dear Laura and Aunt Caroline,

I am so sorry about Uncle Stanley's death. I pray that he is at peace, and that y'all will be too.

Love ya!

Val Smith,
San Antonio, Texas

April 29, 2010

As the first CO of USCG Air Station Sacramento, Stan was a big help to me. We enjoyed lunch together on several Fridays. A few years ago he promised that he would speak at my memorial service, if possible. I regret that will not happen someday! ~

Dick Green,
Sonoma County, California

April 29, 2010

Stan was loved more than he could ever know! Rest in peace beloved brother! See you later. I love you!


Elaine Smith,
San Antonio, Texas

April 29, 2010

Dear Laura,

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your Dad. He was a valued member and confidant on my staff while I was CO of Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento. May he rest in peace.

Jerry and Gail Mohlenbrok

Jerry Mohlenbrok,
Newcastle, California

April 29, 2010

I will miss you so much, Uncle Stan. Laura, I'm so sorry for your loss. ~

Stef Adams,
Casa Grande, Arizona

April 29, 2010

Dearest Laura,

I am so sorry about your dad. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers.

Love you.

Colleen Desmond Discenza,
Seattle, Washington

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