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Helen G. Brock

February 2, 2019

http://Helen Grace Brock (Volz) continued quietly on her journey to be with her God on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Midland Hospice House, surrounded by her family. She was born September 26, 1923, the only child of David Volz and Mary Volz (Frederick), in Richardson County, Nebraska.

Helen started school in Nebraska, then moved with her parents to a farm near Powhattan, KS. She graduated from Powhattan High School and Clarke’s Business School in Topeka. Her first job was with Security Benefit Insurance Company. She married Martin Brock in November 1942. They eventually settled in Delia, KS, where they raised their family. She was the organist at Sacred Heart Church for many years. She also served as Delia’s City Clerk for many years and was an Avon representative. After all of her children were in school, Helen went back to work. She especially enjoyed her years working for the Kansas Corporation Commission.

After Martin died in 1976, Helen moved to Topeka to be closer to family  and became a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  She participated in various activities, including square dancing and singing in the New Beginnings Choir. She loved to travel and was able to make several trips to different parts of the world. Helen supported her children and grandchildren in all of their endeavors, and loved watching all of her grandchildren’s events—sporting and otherwise.

Martin and Helen had 13 children, including three sets of twins. Survivors include twins Mary Coleen Oberle (Jerome), Overland Park, and Margaret Kathleen (Katie) Lutz (Larry, Sr.), Timothy Brock (Nancy), Topeka, Barbara Hum (Ray), Ooltewah, TN, Sheila Stueve, Daniel Brock, Topeka, David Brock, Wylie, TX, twins Gregory Brock, San Ramon, CA, and Deborah Brock, Topeka, and Terence Brock (Ann Merise), Agency, MO. Survivors also include 23 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren, living from one end of the country to the other.

Helen was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, and three children, twins Patrick and Michael, and Mary Theresa. She was also pre-deceased by two grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Sacred Heart Oratory, Delia, KS, with visitation at 10:30, rosary at 11:00, and funeral Mass at 11:30. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in St. Marys. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart Oratory in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple, St. Marys, KS 66536.

The family would like to thank The University of Kansas St. Francis Campus and Midland Hospice for the care given to Helen in her final days.

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16 thoughts on “Helen G. Brock

  1. Dear Brock Family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Helen was such a wonderful lady. There was always an extra plate at her table. She always made an extra kid feel welcome!! Great Lady!! May you all take comfort in having such a beautiful soul as your Mother & to have her for such a ling lifetime. It is so hard to lose them thogh at any age. Our Mothers are so very special. Please accept our deepest sympathies. May She Rest In Peace & God Speed……

  2. I am Very Sorry for your Loss. May you find peace knowing Helen is reunited with your Father, enjoying some quality times with him and the Heavenly Father. Prayers to the Brock Family.

  3. Our condolences to Helen’s family. Fond memories of her and Martin when we first joined Sacred Heart parish in Delia. Love & prayers,
    Dick & Jane Elliott

  4. I have so many good memories of the Brock family. Your Mom was so patient with all of us kids coming over to play. So sorry for your loss. It was a blessing that you were able to enjoy her for so many years. Thinking of all of you.

  5. On behalf of the Karnowski family, our deep sympathy. Our moms were dear friends throughout their lives which meant our families made very special memories.

  6. To the whole Brock family,

    I don’t know that I have the words to express how much Helen was a part of my growing up. I can still remember the Brock home in Delia many times stopping there after church on Sunday. I remember the layout of the house and while watching the videos, I could see the whole family sitting on the couch in the living room all looking like I remember them. Seeing Martin in the video brought back memories of him teasing and picking on me but always in good fun. Me stealing some of his pumpkin and sunflower seeds that he was eating when he first got sick. Then I got to the picture of Helen, Martin, Terry, and myself on our first communion day and I lost it! While we haven’t seen each other a lot in the passing years, it was good to see almost everyone at Helen’s 90th birthday party and knowing that Terry was available by email and even Debbie, David, Sheila, and Greg available either by phone or Facebook. Please know that I love each and every one of you and wish I could be there today but you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love you all,

    Rene DeBacker

  7. Helen was a wonderful friend and Mother. She took such pride in her family, as well she should. So sorry for your loss. May God comfort all of you in this time of grief.
    Our love, sympathy and prayers,
    Joe and Pauline Conley

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing, she has left a beautiful legacy behind her that will live on in all your hearts. She lived a very blessed life and was a beautiful women. May God Bless you all and send his sweet comfort to all of you. So many happy memories of the “Delia Days!”

  9. Helen was such a beautiful person. I was lucky enough to work with her for years at the KCC. Peace to all her family who she spoke of with great pride and joy

  10. So many memories of the Brock family. . . . babysitters, classmates, and friends! Loved your mom! One memory I have of Helen is when I used to ride to work with her when we both worked for the state. She would have the dash of the car covered with little pieces of paper (probably taped there since “sticky notes” had not yet been invented!). With so many kids at home I’m sure she needed those reminders of all the errands and shopping she had to do on her lunch hour!

    So sorry for your great loss!

  11. Loved your mom! Always enjoyed visiting with her. A memory I have of Helen was riding to work with her when I worked for the state of Kansas. She had notes on squares of paper just covering the dash of her car (they must have been taped because “sticky notes” had not been invented yet!) With so many children, I’m sure she had lots of errands and shopping to remember to do on her lunch
    hour!

  12. Grief can be so difficult, and it can be hard to face life without a love done. But the love of family and friends, can comfort and support you, and special memories can fill your heart and help you cope. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of Helen and the wonderful times you spent together, memories you can cherish forever. Your family is in our hearts and prayers.

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