Carol Bock, who was at the center of a large circle of family and friends, died last Thursday after losing consciousness at home on Oakview Highway in East Hampton. She was 76 and had been in declining health, her family said.
Ms. Bock was an at-home mom and that meant that anything she was able to do for her six children — as well as many of their friends — she did, said her son Tom Bock of East Hampton. A daughter-in-law, Vanessa Bock of East Hampton, said she was “a mother to many people. . . . If you walked into her home, you were welcome.”
“She was a matriarch in every sense of the word,” she said.
She was born Carol Collins in the Bronx on July 16, 1936, to Frank Collins and the former Agnes Stewart. She had two sisters, Catherine Burns and Margaret Empson, both of whom died before her.
It was after her family moved to Springs that she met Frederick Bock, who was then in the military. As her family recalled it this week, someone caught someone’s eye. “They just knew,” Mr. Bock said. They were married for 59 years.
The Bocks lived for many years in a house on Accabonac Road in East Hampton. Mr. Bock said they raised their children “to do what we needed to do to help others.”
“She was a great lady and left a legacy of love,” Ms. Bock said — not only a mother-in-law but also a close friend. She said Ms. Bock spoke her mind, loved people, and was a considerable jokester.
With her children at Most Holy Trinity Catholic School in East Hampton, Ms. Bock was a regular presence at sporting and other events, cooking and serving hot dogs at some of them. She continued to attend their sports events, including evening league softball games, after they reached adulthood.
In addition to her husband and son Tom, she leaves four other sons and a daughter, all of whom live in East Hampton. They are Francis Bock, Rick Bock, Timothy Bock, Alison Anderson, and Bryan Bock. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was said on Tuesday at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, followed by burial in the church cemetery on Cedar Street.
Ms. Bock’s family has suggested memorial donations to the East Hampton Ambulance Association, 1 Cedar Street, East Hampton 11937.