Carol Ann Bock
Carol Ann Bock, nee Stenger, 76, of Mesa, AZ, born December 18, 1935, in East St. Louis, IL, died Friday, Aug 3, 2012, at her home in Mesa, AZ.
After graduating from the Academy of Notre Dame in Belleville, Carol received her bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University with a major in speech therapy. She was a leader in speech and hearing pathology and served as the director of speech correction for the Belleville Grade School Board of Education. She was also a realtor in the greater Belleville area.
Carol was the daughter of Ralph A. and Dorothy, nee Trendley, Stenger of Belleville, IL. She was a direct descendant of Thomas Procter Howard of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She was also a descendant of Capt. John Trendley, one of the founding fathers of East St. Louis, IL.
Mrs. Bock served on the Blessed Sacrament Parish school board; worked with the Belleville Mental Health outpatient clinic as president and director; and served as president and an officer of the William Woods College Mother’s Club of Greater St. Louis.
Her true calling and passion was serving the Right-to-Life cause and the unborn. She served as president of the Belleville Area Right-to-Life. She was district director, a board member, and president of the Federation of Right-to-Life for the State of Illinois. She was a speaker and lobbyist to the Congress of Illinois for Right-to-Life.
When she moved to Arizona in 2003, Carol continued to serve on the board of directors of The Mesa Right-to-Life and as an honorary co-founder of Arizona East Valley Pro-Life Alliance. She also served at her church as the Holy Cross Church Respect Life Coordinator. She enjoyed singing with the Holy Cross Church Choir and was a member of the Santan Chorale. She was active in the Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, where she served as secretary and vice-president. Mrs. Bock was a member of the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary. She and her husband John recently received the “Family of the Month” for the Knights of Columbus Council and were recipients of the Pope John Paul II Respect Life Award for the year 2011.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Ralph T. Stenger Esq.; and a sister Joanne M. Huber.
Surviving are her loving husband of 49 years, John A. Bock Jr., a retired attorney from Belleville;
three children, John A. III (Megan) Bock of Glenview, IL,
Suzanne Bock-(Michael) Grishman of Dallas, TX,
and Carol E. (Tom) Tyler of Swansea, IL;
eight grandchildren, Kathleen Bock, Jane Bock, Gretchen Bock,
John A. Bock IV, Jackson Tyler, Ashley Tyler,
Jonathan Grishman, and Eric Grishman;
and her sister, Madeline S. Young of Scottsdale, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Arizona Chapter, 4643 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 1, Phoenix, AZ, 85018 (www.alsaz.org) or to the National ALS Association at www.alsa.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2012, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2012, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Father Matthew Elie officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.