Dolores Elizabeth Watry-Tock, age 89 years, of Kettle Moraine Gardens in Kewaskum was called home to be with the Lord on November 8, 2019 surrounded by her family.
Dolores was born on March 21, 1930 in Belgium, Wisconsin to Jacob and Margaret Watry (Lesch). She was united in marriage to Roy Tock in 1980.
Dolores graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alverno College and from Marquette with a Master’s Degree in Education. She spent a number of years as a School Sister of St. Francis beginning her forty-four year teaching career that included the elementary school at Alverno, teaching adults at Alverno and at the Life Long Learning Center. Most of all, she loved the kindergarten and primary grades. Special thanks to her friend, Mary Ann Pernick, who remained a friend and presence in Dolores’ life all those years after they were in England as exchange teachers.
Dolores met Roy Tock when he became her square dance “angel” in the EMBA club. They were very active in the club – doing lots of dancing and serving as officers. Dolores sewed many matching square dance outfits. She also sewed and did alterations on the wedding dresses of some of her nieces.
Dolores spent her last years at Kettle Moraine Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Unit in Kewaskum where she was a joyful, loved presence. As a painter in the Memories in the Making program, some of her paintings were chosen to be paired with a professional artist and auctioned off at a fundraiser. She was a prolific artist! Dolores enjoyed the Spark program and became known as a “Sparkette.” Her daily prayer included a petition that God would not let her forget Him. Dolores often led the group in the “hymn sing.” She also read to and assisted other residents as long as she was able. She looked forward to Bible study – and the chaplain was always glad when she was there, as she asked questions and shared her insights. He visited her twice during that last week!
The staff at Kettle Moraine Gardens and Preceptor Hospice are true angels whose love and care are a blessing to all. We are grateful that God called them to this important work and we are priviledged to know them and experience their care.
Those Dolores leaves behind to cherish her memory include five sisters, Rosemary Pozy, Mildred Lanser, Catherine Kearn, Ginny (Dick) Junge and Susie (Tim) Newmann. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Carol Kries; brother-in-law, Jim Schultz; as well as many friends, nieces, nephews, and other relatives - including Roy’s family.
In addition to her parents, Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Tock; her siblings, Agnes (Clarence) Egerer, Eugene Watry, Richard (Kathryn) Watry, Robert Watry (infant), Walter (Marilyn) Watry, Ralph Watry, Elaine (Ervin) Karrels, Monica Schultz, Janet (Tom) Hogan, and Janice (Don) Phillips; and two brothers-in-law, John Lanser and Frank Pozy.
Memorial Mass for Dolores will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (9520 W. Forest Home Ave. – Hales Corners, WI 53130) with Father Brian Mason presiding. Visitation at Church from 1 pm until time Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Kettle Moraine Gardens for their activity programs which include Memories in the Making and Spring flower planting or to Preceptor Health Care and Hospice.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home of Kewaskum has been entrusted with Dolores’ arrangements. Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.