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Wilma Schock

July 16, 1933 - September 6, 2022
Fennville, MI



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Life Story / Obituary


We sadly announce the death of our mother Wilma Charlotte Schock, on September 6, 2022.

Wilma was born on July 16, 1933 to Dorothy (Stevenson) and William Schultz, in Standish, Michigan. She was the eldest of three children, a sister, Eleanor and a brother, Ronald. Wilma was raised on a farm much of her life. She often commented that she would rather be working out in the barn, instead of cooking. However, she was excellent at cooking, baking, and canning.

She was a loving wife, caring mother and a friend to all. She always put everyone before herself. In 1951, she graduated from high school and attended a County Normal School to become a country schoolteacher. She officially taught school for six years, but kept “teaching,” especially English, to her children and then to her grandchildren.

Will (as she liked to be called) met her future husband William (Bill) while attending church in Omer, Michigan. They married in June of 1954. After Bill completed his medical school and residency, they wanted to move to a small town, where he could be a country doctor. They decided to move to and live in Saugatuck, Michigan, in 1960.

They had six children. Will was preceded in death by her son Brian and husband Bill. She is survived by her children; Lark (Michael) Murphy, Robin Schock, Victoria (Keith) Marcus, Bill Schock, Bruce (Carol) Schock; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. Will loved spending time with family and friends. She took care of many animals over her lifetime. Especially noted, was a cockatiel named Napoleon, whom she cared for, for 33 years. She also took in a stray cat who became one of her favorites, aptly named Big Boy.

The family will have a private gathering to celebrate her life, in lieu of a formal service. Please feel free to make contributions to a charity of your choice in honor of our mother. Arrangements are by Dykstra Funeral Homes-Saugatuck Chapel.