Dorothy Ann Bock, 87, of Laurie, Missouri, died July 24, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Dorothy was born on August 7, 1934, to Henry and Martha Lang in Boonville, Missouri. Dorothy grew up on a farm with her brother Bob and attended St. Peter and Paul High School. In 1952, at age 18, she married the love of her life, James Valentine Bock of Pilot Grove, Missouri. Dorothy and Jim have been married for 69 years.
Dorothy and Jim moved to the Kansas City area soon after their marriage and became active parishioners at St. Therese Catholic Church in Parkville, Missouri. With their growing family, they moved to southern Kansas City and were the first parishioners of St. Regis Catholic Church. After moving to Laurie, they joined St. Patrick’s. Dorothy and Jim were responsible for preparing for marriage, helping with the annulment of the marriage, and were leading advocates for the Pro-Life movement. Dorothy and Jim visited and brought Holy Communion to many people in their homes and in the hospital. Dorothy was always ready to help anyone when needed. She gave up everything to help others and consistently put the needs of others ahead of her own.
Dorothy’s greatest joy in life was being a wife, mother and grandmother. Dorothy went above and beyond to make every party or celebration special. Dorothy and Jim hosted a “cousins camp” at their Lake of the Ozarks home during the summers for all of their grandchildren. The volume and quality of the cinnamon rolls Dorothy baked for each cousin camp are legendary. When she wasn’t caring for her family, Dorothy enjoyed square dancing. She was an excellent dancer and loved to match her dress to Jim’s western shirt. The puffier her skirt, the better! Dorothy enjoyed listening to and singing country music and developed a fondness for popcorn and ice cream. Dorothy loved playing cards and had a lovely laugh and a radiant personality.
At the head of a large family, Dorothy was a model of organization and logistics. With seven children and a husband to care for, Dorothy spent many hours cooking, cleaning and tending to her family’s needs. Dorothy did it with great love and grace. She made her whole family feel very special. Dorothy remained close to her brother Bob Lang and his wife Alpha of Fayette, Missouri, as well as Jim’s seven siblings and their families.
Dorothy stayed in shape by walking vigorously, usually every day. She often prayed the Rosary for her children and grandchildren on her walks. She also kept a list of those she needed to say extra special prayers for next to her chair and received many calls from others asking her to add someone to her list because she was known to have prayers that could go directly to Jesus. His faith showed in his gentle and loving personality. Dorothy was predeceased by her infant son
Dorothy was predeceased by her infant son Michael Anthony Bock, who is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery in Pilot Grove, Missouri.
Survivors include her husband Jim Bock of Laurie, Missouri, her daughters Kathy Scaletty (Rick) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Patti Busse (Dale) of Reeds Spring, Missouri, Becky White (Gary) of Kansas City, Missouri, Tina Kramer ( Chris) of Camdenton, Missouri; sons Joe Bock (Sue Lyke) of Columbia, Maryland, Tim Bock (Becky) of Webster Groves, Missouri, John Bock (Laura) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. In addition, she leaves 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Kali Hood, Lake Regional Hospice Team, Fr. John Schmitz, and the many church members, neighbors and friends who supported Dorothy and Jim on this journey.
Services will be held Thursday, July 28 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Laurie, MO. Visits will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Rosary at 11:00 a.m. and Mass at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, friends may make a contribution to the National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church or to Water.org
Expressions of sympathy can be left online at www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Kidwell-Garber Laurie Chapel/Sunrise Beach.