Deloris Grace Bloch, age 85, passed away peacefully on Nov. 10, 2019, at Woodland Court in Merrill, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
She was born April 25, 1934, in the town of Hamburg to the late William and Grace (Steffen) Zocher. Deloris married the love of her life, Kenneth Bloch, on August 24, 1957, a union that would last 62 years. He survives.
Deloris graduated high school in Wausau. She first worked in the ginseng garden at Fromms when she was 14 and 15. Deloris worked two summers in Milwaukee and after high school, lived there for a short time. She then transferred with the USDA-SCS to St. Paul. Deloris worked for Marathon Corp. in Wausau, in various capacities at her home church and their activities over the years and was the clerk for the Town of Hamburg for 27 years. She had an interest in genealogy, enjoyed traveling with Ken and loved to knit and crochet afghans for each of her precious grandchildren. Deloris was a member of the Mary Martha Guild, AMPI, 4-H Leader and the Pommerscher Verien of Central Wisconsin. Her family will miss her chocolate chip cookies – some without the brown spots – and her homemade bread and sweet rolls.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Bloch of Merrill; children: Kathleen (Frank) Wietzel, Merrill, Sherry (John) Kudick, Merrill, Russell (Joyce) Bloch, Hamburg and Mary (Marty) Sosnovske, Gleason; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Martha Zinkowich, Hamburg and Luella (Myron) Krueger, Tomahawk; sisters-in-law: Lynette Bloch, Marathon, Joan Leahy and Phyllis (Harold) Woller, Merrill; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Marvin (Ruth), Adolph (Virginia), Hilbert (Shirley), Frank (Eldora), Elroy and LeRoy Zocher, Ruth (Leon) Cota and Alvina (Roger) Braatz; sister-in-law, Althea Balz; brothers-in-law: Eddie Zinkowich, Clarence “Rusty” Balz and Kermit Bloch; and nephews: Gary, David, Michael, Darrell, Lee and Paul.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church, Hamburg. Rev. Donald Love presided. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18, at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the time of service, also at the church. Burial followed in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Hamburg.
Waid Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.