Hilda Louise Muecke Bock was born on Thanksgiving Day 1926 in Hinton, Iowa to Karl Frederick and Julianna Suzanna Flach Muecke. When she was 8, her family moved to Powell, Wyoming on Halloween 1934 where they homesteaded. She grew up working on the farm with her parents and 3 brothers-Hans, Martin and Gerhard.
She attended Colorado Women’s College and Iowa Wesleyan College. After graduation, she taught in Albin and Lander, Wyoming. She met the love of her life, John Bock, at her brother’s wedding to John’s sister. After being married in Powell, Wyoming, they settled in Sidney, Montana.
She devoted her life to raising her three daughters, Phyllis Ann, Ruth Page and Patricia Maureen. She instilled in them her love for the arts and reading, taught them to cook and sew as well as to be independent thinkers. Once Maureen began school, Hilda returned to substitute teaching in the Sidney area.
After John’s death in 2011, Hilda moved to The Crossings in Laurel, Montana. She lived the remainder of her days in care of th staff-all of whom she loved and they loved her! She asked if The Crossings was so named because it was the last place people lived before they crossed over. She learned The Crossings referred to Laurel’s repute as a railroad town. This was indicative of her love of lifelong learning as well as her sense of humor.
She is survived by two of her three daughters-Phyllis (spouse Bob Nichol) and Maureen, three grandchildren-Julian, Andrew and Rebecca Cecil, five great grandchildren, as well as her youngest brother Gerhard and his wife Donna and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Hilda was a member of Chapter W P.E.O.
Her service at The Crossings was held on 11/23/2018, the 7th anniversary of John’s service. Memorials may be directed to The Crossings Garden Fund, Peoples Congregational UCC, Sidney MT or to the charity of your choice.
A funeral service will be held Monday, July 29, at 2 p.m., at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Sidney.