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Velma Rolewicz


Funeral services for Velma Rolewicz, 87, of Newcastle will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2022 at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at the Washington Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Rolewicz passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022.

Velma Lee Irwin was born February 26, 1935 in Daugherty, Okla., the second of six children born to Leonard David Irwin and Rosie Cleora (Dowdy) Irwin. Her early years were spent in Dimmitt, Texas, where she started school, and later Hereford, graduating with the Class of 1954. She attended Frio Baptist Church where she was saved.

She moved to Selma, Calif., and it was here she met John Cullins. They married, and made their home in Sanger, Calif., where together they raised two sons, Mike and David. Velma enjoyed her time at home with the boys, and loved being a homemaker.

In the early 1980’s, she returned home to Oklahoma. By chance, and through mutual friends, she met Bob Rolewicz. They fell in love and were married, and two families became one. They lived on Lake Eufaula for a time, before moving to Oklahoma City, and eventually settled in Newcastle.

Velma cherished her family, and especially her grandchildren. She was a woman of great faith and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Norman. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by her parents Leonard and Rosie Irwin and her brother, Bob Irwin.

Velma is survived by her husband Bob Rolewicz of the home; sons, Mike Cullins of Clovis, Calif., and David Cullins and wife, Fay, of Newcastle; stepchildren, Paul Rolewicz of Newcastle, Donna McLean of Mustang and Jim Rolewicz of California; sister, Jo Moore of Purcell; three brothers, Lester Irwin and wife, Ruth, of Piedmont, Bill Irwin and wife, Cleva, of Purcell and Danny Irwin and wife, Pam, of Purcell; her pride and joy, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. 

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.