On Tuesday, January 17th, Dolores Ann Bock, 88, beloved mother and grandmother died peacefully after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her son Mark and is survived by her children Philip, Martha, Paul, John, Roger, and Andrew and grandchildren Melanie, Nicole, Jacob, Ashley, Madeline, Zachary, Samantha, Miranda, and Jason.
Dolores was born on October 23, 1928, and raised in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Marguerite Biediger and Daniel Hooge. She lost her father at a very young age and she, along with her brother Daniel were raised by her mother with help from the large Biediger and Hooge clans. Times were tough, but she always remembered her mother buying sheet music of their favorite songs so that they could sing along with the radio.
She married Roger Bock right after graduating from high school, where they had met at a USO dance. She always said that he was one of the few men who was tall enough to look her in the eye when they danced. The first of many moves was to Denver, Colorado, where Roger finished his masters degree. Three children soon followed and then a move to Fort Worth, Texas so that Roger could work for Convair.
They moved again, to Pasadena, California, in 1955. Sons Paul and John arrived during the Pasadena years, which included walks down Marengo Avenue to go see the Rose Parade at New Years and a stint at running a daycare called The Little Citizen’s Club. Several of the little citizens were her own children.
They moved to the high desert, to China Lake, in 1960 and the family was completed with the birth of Roger and then Andrew. The Mojave Desert was the family’s backyard. Dolores filled her time with the Catholic Church, her gardening, her hobbies, her friends, and her children.
The family moved next to Oxnard and Dolores began work on her A.A. Degree from Ventura College. She was so proud of herself for having the determination to finish college. She also began her own career outside the home, working for Sav-on Drugs.
After her divorce, Dolores moved to Lancaster to be near her son Philip and have her own little house. She always said that those years were some of the happiest years of her life.
When she was 80, she moved to San Diego to be near her son John and daughter Martha. Her final years were spent at Elmcroft of Point Loma, an Alzheimer’s care home.
Throughout her life, Dolores took deep pride and delight in her children and grandchildren. The most important thing in the world to her was caring for her children and showing them the greatest love she could give. If she could have expressed her final wish, it would have been that we all should hold each other in love and kindness.
Dolores’ family would like to especially thank the staff of Elmcroft of Point Loma for their years of dedicated and compassionate care.
Memorial mass will be at Santa Clara Church, 323 S. E Street, Oxnard, California at 10 A.M. on Friday, January 27th.