Obituary of Kim Shelley Hockett-Martin-Rombkowski |

Obituary of Kim Shelley Hockett-Martin-Rombkowski

Kim Shelley Hockett-Martin-Rombkowski, residing in South Bend, Indiana, passed away on Sept. 18, 2015 at her stepdaughter’s home. She was 59.

Kim was born on July 6, 1956 in Sacramento, to the late Ralph C. and Patty (Holford) Hockett.

On Nov. 5, 2010 in Mishawaka, she married Arthur R. Rombkowski.

Kim was an LPN for more than 25 years. She enjoyed working at Elkhart General Hospital in Elkhart, Inidana, Cardinal Nursing and Rehabilitation in South Bend, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley.

Although taking care of people was something Kim really loved, her real love in life was traveling with husband in the RV. She had a warm and fun personality and was known for saying her favorite quotes, “What people think of me is none of my business.” or her best quote, “Kindness is all that matters.”

She is survived by her loving husband, Arthur of Brooksville, Floridaa; their children, Michael (Jen )Martin of Elkhart, Randy Martin of San Diego, Michelle Martin, Hillary Ruiz and Stacey Rombkowski, all of South Bend. She was an awesome grandmother to Lauren, Hayden and Hunter Martin of Elkhart; Brianna Hille and Adriana Cook of South Bend; and Luke Rombkowski, Jacob and Isabella Ruiz all of South Bend. She is also survived by her former husband, Rod D. (Wendy) Martin of Elkhart; and her best friend and faithful companion, Maisie, the most wonderful dog and, of course, all living creatures great and small.

At Kim’s request, there will be a celebration of life service at a later date.

Palmer Funeral Home and Southlawn Cremation Service are assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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