Karen Bock

Karen Kay Bock (Jaeger)

Friday, September 18th, 1959 - Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
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Karen Bock, 61, of Stevensville, passed away on January 13, 2021 at her home.

Karen Kay (Jaeger) Bock was born on September 18, 1959 in Cradon, Wisconsin. A graduate of St. Joseph High School Class of ’77. She married her high school sweetheart, Franz Bock in 1979. Karen was a loving and loyal wife for 41 years and Frank was so thankful for her love, support, and desire to discover the world together.

Karen loved to be outdoors and enjoy God’s creation by hiking, camping, walking, and bird watching. She was her happiest in nature and developed that love in her children and grandchildren. Karen was a sweet and generous mother to Austin and Jennifer and devoted her time and energy to their sports and academics even into their college years. Karen was a deep and thoughtful friend always being considerate of those around her and showed the love of Christ to everyone she met.

Karen’s favorite job in the world was being a grandma to Grady (9), Parker (8), and Emery (5). She enjoyed teaching them new things, exploring the world with them, and watching movies together. Karen loved them with her whole heart and was so proud to be a grandma. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and will surely miss her.

Karen is survived by her husband of 41 years, Frank; her daughter, Jennifer (Blake) Ryan; her son, Austin (Kelsey) Bock; her parents, Harry and Patricia Jaeger; her siblings, Phillip Jaeger and his children, Paul (Deb) Jaeger; Char (Phillip) Baham and daughter; Bud (Laurie) Jaeger and children, Raegon Gilson, and Mark (Laura) Gilson and their children. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Maria Bock and her sisters-in-law, Anna Schramm and her children and Paula (Frank) Polaskey and their children; her brother-in-law, Richard (Sandy) Bock and their children.

Karen is preceded in death by her mother, Marie (Wickman) Jaeger and her father-in-law, Josef Bock.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, January 18, 2021 at 4pm at The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI with Pastor Philip Bubar officiating. Please follow all Covid-19 recommendations (masks required) as Karen would want all parties to be healthy and stay safe. Memorial contributions may be made to Sarett Nature Center. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at A link will be available at the funeral home website to watch a livestream of the service.

For those who knew her and are mourning her sudden passing, we believe she would want you to know that when life is hard and things get tough, stop and look at the beauty God has placed around you.
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    Monday, January 18th, 2021 | 4:00pm
    Monday, January 18th, 2021 4:00pm
    The Chapel-An Evangelical Free Church - St. Joseph
    4250 Washington Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Private Condolence

Robert Husek

Posted at 03:25pm
Frank--( and family ) my condolences on your loss---Bob Husek----
Retired Lakeshore Middle School

Melissa Husmann

Posted at 02:52pm
Frank and Bock family,
Karen will be dearly missed by many of us she left behind. I praise with you that she is home with she Lord and Savior. Your family has blessed us with Dinner (at Eldorado in your sneaky way) friendship and your wonderful adult children Austin and Jenny. Austin your memoirs of the person Mom was. Was beautiful and so right on point she loved you kids so much. Jenny your interaction with kids is from your Mom.
Frank the love you and Karen had for each other was an image of Christ love for us. I'm sure you had ups and downs but to outsider it was the love for each other, your kids, and those grandkids of yours we seen. I will pray for you often. Hard days will come because for your love for her. Then joy will follow for you know where she is.
God Please Bless the Bock Family. Tear will come but God you hear our cries.

Mark Sperlik

Posted at 02:04pm
Frank and Family, I want you to know that I attended Karen's funeral service at The Chapel---what a beautiful venue to worship God. I truly enjoyed the service for Karen and your family---I am so glad to know that Karen was a true "born-again" believer. Your son did an excellent job up there at the podium speaking about Karen and your/his family. Also, your Pastor Phil did an outstanding job presenting the Gospel and salvation plan of Jesus Christ as he used Karen's testimony to dovetail it all within his message/presentation. He did this all right down to the moment of giving anyone (whosoever will) the opportunity to accept the Lord Jesus into their life. I was very impressed. It is extremely rare to hear the Gospel of the Lord, His salvation plan, and invitation at a funeral service as it makes it much more easier when the person who passed into eternity was a "born-again/saved" believer in Jesus Christ such as Karen, and the family. Anyway, I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time, but at least you KNOW that Karen is with the Lord in all His glory in heaven----as you know there is no better place. God bless you, and comfort you during your time of grief and the peace of God encamp around you and your family, brother. Romans 8:28

Cathy Tobias

Posted at 02:47pm
My memories of Karen in high school are how beautiful she was, always smiling, always kind to everyone. So sad to hear of her passing. I feel lucky I got to see her at a gathering of women from Class of '77 in the summer of 2019. She was still the same humble, loving girl I remember from school. Frank, my heart goes out to you and your family.

Cathy Tobias

Mary M. Helm

Posted at 11:40pm
It may seem odd to write about someone you only talked to a couple of times but I was so impressed by Karen. When my family was looking for another dog, my friend, Kathy, told me about a dog one of her really nice customer was trying to find a home for. Kathy used to groom Karen's dog, Murphy.
Anyways, I did not realize there was a story behind how Karen ended up with the dog she called Charlie. After shopping one day Karen saw a puppy who was stuck to a tree. The puppy had gotten the rope around his neck sort of wrapped around the tree. To top it off, there was no water in his dish. Karen talked to this couple about the dog. They admitted their neighbor had moved and abandoned the dog. They said they were going to keep the dog. I'm not sure how much time passed before Karen checked on the puppy and found him in the exact same position, stuck to the tree and no water. It was hot out, too.
Karen decided then and there the dog might not live if left with these jerks. As she was leaving with Charlie, the lady called out,"But my boyfriend wants the dog." Karen said to the effect, "Then, why don't you let the puppy go into your house?"
I know some people might think Karen should have just called the police or an animal control or something like that. Yes, then the people that were treating the dog bad and the original owner could have been punished. Also, Karen could have been hurt by these jerks. You know what, Charlie might not have lived. He could have died from a heat stroke, etc,. if she had not taken him then and there.
While my family ended up getting a little adult beagle and not Charlie, I still heard about him. Karen, through Kathy, send me a picture of Chalie as an adult. He looked really happy with this other dog in his new home. I don't know if the other family kept his name, Charlie, or not.
A couple funny things I'll mention. One, is, Charlie ended up being quite big. We already had a big dog that was part pitbull but unusually shy with people. The little beagle we got became the alpha dog. But our pitbull- mix just loved her and loved being near her all day long. So, everything worked out for everyone.
The thing is, Karen had a lot of love for dogs. She, also, had a lot of guts! What a neat person. Mary Helm

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