Bock, Gretchen Elizabeth
Gretchen Elizabeth Bock died peacefully March 25, 2014, at age 98. She was a creative and dedicated teacher who inspired her students and was beloved by colleagues, family, and friends. Gretchen was born in Greenville, Michigan, January 24, 1916. After graduating from Michigan State University, and teaching in Pigeon, Michigan, she moved to New York state, where she earned her Master's degree from Teachers College, of Columbia University. She then taught English at the Horace Mann Lincoln School affiliated with Columbia. When the university closed the school in 1948, Gretchen was recruited to join the faculty of North High, in Phoenix. She taught English there for 32 rewarding years. Gretchen was an intrepid traveler, an avid reader, bridge player, library volunteer, and tutor. She will be remembered for her generous spirit, stories, and remarkable recall and linking of people, places, events, and dates. Her greatest joy was in connecting with new and old acquaintances. Gretchen is survived by her nieces Katherine Jocz and Heidi Teraberry and nephew Wyman Bock. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. at the Terraces, 7550 North 16th Street Phoenix (enter on Morten Street).
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 2, 2014