Trusted local news leader for Prescott area communities since 1882
Mon, June 01

Obituaries: Marilyn Rockwood Bechman

Born March 13, 1931, to Thomas and Doris Sack in Schenectady, N.Y., Marilyn passed away April 12, 2013, after battling cancer.

A certified professional secretary and former Superior Court Deputy Clerk in Maricopa County, Ariz., Marilyn was also an avid traveler and "outside" travel agent throughout the last 40 years of her life. Working through a Scottsdale travel agency, she specialized in group tours and cruises for a wide circle of friends and contacts. Her own travels included trips to many foreign countries, riding camels and elephants in Africa and Sri Lanka, and performing volunteer social work in several Eastern European and Southeast Asian countries to which her husband, Harold, had been posted for short two- to three-month business assignments. She especially loved Mexico, to which she and Harold often traveled in their RV and where she frequently became involved with local children and other charities.

Marilyn is survived by her loving husband Harold and loving daughter Alana Johnson; stepsons Stuart (Jeanne) Bechman, Gary (Ruth Anne) Bechman and Kevin (Francilyn) Bechman; brother Thurston (Louise) Sack; faithful sister-in-law Barbara (James) Sack; sister-in-law Virginia Bechman; and beloved brother-in-law John (Joyce) D'Annibale; step-grandchildren Timothy Bechman, Benjamin Bechman, Brandon (Cheryl) Savage, Tamara Savage and Brenna Savage; and step-great-granddaughter Khloe Bechman. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and their spouses in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania and other locations. She is preceded in death by her sister, Joyce D'Annibale of Schenectady, N.Y.; brother James Sack of San Diego, Calif., and daughter Janis Rockwood of Phoenix.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. April 20, 2013, at Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home, 303 S. Cortez St., Prescott, Ariz.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family. Please log onto to sign Marilyn's guestbook and share a memory with the family.

Information provided by survivors.

Report a Typo Contact