OBITUARY

Carol Mae Block

October 20, 1936November 4, 2018
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Carol Mae Block, 82, of Marengo passed away November 4, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. She was born October 20, 1936 in Chicago Heights to Erwin and Helen (Blume) Klemp. On May 3, 1959 she married Aaron Block. Carol was a dedicated Registered Nurse and served 60 years at Centegra. Carol was devoted to her career and received her RN and MSN degrees. She was accredited in CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) and CIC (Certified Infection Control Nurse). She was also a member of APIC (Association of Professional Infection Control) and ANA (American Nurse Association). She lived her life to help others. Education was very important to her and she dedicated her life to nursing and its affiliations. Carol had a very giving spirit and throughout the years supported the Carol Block Scholarship for continuing education in nursing through Centegra, the Centegra Foundation, and she gave the ultimate gift as a tissue and bone donor to Gift of Hope. She gave her time generously at her church and showed her love of music through the choir and bells, as well as participating in the Boar’s Head Festival. For years she also delivered service tapes and CDs to shut-in church members in the community, as well as baking cookie platters for them at Christmas. She is survived by children, Lynn (Daryl) Becker, Paul Block, Suzanne (Tim) Gallagher, Karl Block; her grandchildren, Leah (Aaron) Astley, Chris (Kinga) Becker, Cory (Dorota) Becker, Stacy (Dylan) Schmidt, Stephanie (Daniel Banzhaf) Gallagher, Michael (Monica) Gallagher; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Rachel, Olivia, Sebastian, Adrian, Tristian, Savannah Belle; her siblings, Lois (Wayne) Muelich, Rhoda (Roger) Sandidge, Jason Klemp; and her sister-in-law, Luann Kirchoff. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron; her parents; and her brother, Eldon Klemp. There will be a visitation from 4 to 8pm on Thursday, November 8 at Zion Lutheran Church, 412 Jackson St., Marengo. Visitation will continue from 10am to the 11am funeral service on Friday, November 9 at the church. Inurnment will be in Marengo City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Carol’s life may be made to Concordia River Forest, 7400 Augusta, River Forest, IL 60305 to train church and school music directors (please add Carol Block Memorial to the memo line) or to Centegra Foundation, 385 Millennium Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60012 for continuing education in nursing (please add to the memo line). Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Lynn (Daryl) Becker, Daughter
  • Paul Block, Son
  • Suzanne (Tim) Gallagher, Daughter
  • Karl Block, Son
  • Leah (Aaron) Astley, Granddaughter
  • Chris (Kinga) Becker, Grandson
  • Cory (Dorota) Becker, Grandson
  • Stacy (Dylan) Schmidt, Granddaughter
  • Stephanie (Daniel Banzhaf) Gallagher, Granddaughter
  • Michael (Monica) Gallagher, Grandson
  • Hannah, Rachel, Olivia, Sebastian, Adrian, Tristian, Savannah Belle, Great-grandchildren
  • Lois (Wayne) Muelich, Sister
  • Rhoda (Roger) Sandidge, Sister
  • Jason Klemp, Brother
  • Luann Kirchoff, Sister-in-law
  • Aaron Block, Husband
  • Erwin Klemp, Father
  • Helen (Blume) Klemp, Mother
  • Eldon Klemp, Brother
  • DONATIONS

  • Concordia River Forest (memo Carol Block Memorial)
  • Centegra Foundation (memo Carol Block Scholarship)

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Continued Visitation Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Carol Mae Block

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Joan Rembacz

November 9, 2018

I first met Carol when I was teaching a trauma course at Saint Joe’s and she had to write a letter stating her nurses were covered by liability insurance. By the time I started working at McHenry hospital we had already become fairly familiar with each other. I could always count on her for keeping a cool head in tense situations. Her opinions were always solid and backed up by the research she did prior to expressing them. She had a very kind heart and patients were always her passion. Over the many years I have worked here I can truly say Carol was the nurse’s nurse . She understood what nursing was and how important touch was regardless of all the high-tech innovations that were being developed. She was selfless and never focused on herself. I am so proud to say that I knew her and that she was such an amazing woman to include in my life . I hope your memories of this once-in-a-lifetime woman comfort you, strengthen you, and provide you with a sense of pride having been made better myself by getting to know Carol .

Peggy Norton-Rosko

November 8, 2018

Carol was a generous and inspirational person who supported the profession she loved by mentoring others, acting as a role model, and sharing her treasure to support other nurses. She will be missed and remembered fondly. May her family find the comfort that Carol brought to so many.

Monica Komro

November 8, 2018

A life well lived and an amazing and inspiring nursing career. The entire Centegra family was blessed to have worked with her. My condolences to her family.

Julie Baker

November 8, 2018

Such a loss. Truly an inspiring woman. A very respected woman at centegra. She will be missed!

Cheryl Eno

November 8, 2018

I worked with Carol for 10 years at Centegra and was always impressed by her commitment to excellence in nursing practice. She never stopped learning and was supportive in every situation. She gave willingly, gracefully and professionally.

Virginia Brightwell

November 8, 2018

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Carol for years at Centegra in many different roles. We served on committees together and sometimes worked side-by-side in clinics and on computer teams, among other things. One of the many things that really struck me was not only her fantastic sense of humor, but also her great diplomacy. She had to put up with a lot over the years and always did it with such grace and understanding. Whatever role she was put into, she excelled at it.
Carol was a brilliant, compassionate, talented person – I will always think of her with many fond memories.

Cindy Amore

November 7, 2018

It has truly been my privilege and an honor to work with Carol over the 40 years of my career. Her energy and passion toward serving our community has been inspiring to me in my career. Carol taught us all the importance of kindness, humility and generosity in her professional life. Her presence will truly be missed among her Centegra family.

Scott Anderson

November 6, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Carol. She was an amazing woman and always a pleasure to be around at the hospital. Carol always had a smile for you as you passed her in the hallway. She will be sorely missed by all of us that had the pleasure of working with her.

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FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Carol Mae Block, 82, of Marengo passed away November 4, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford.
She was born October 20, 1936 in Chicago Heights to Erwin and Helen (Blume) Klemp. On May 3, 1959 she married Aaron Block.
Carol was a dedicated Registered Nurse and served 60 years at Centegra. Carol was devoted to her career and received her RN and MSN degrees. She was accredited in CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) and CIC (Certified Infection Control Nurse). She was also a member of APIC (Association of Professional Infection Control) and ANA (American Nurse Association).
She lived her life to help others. Education was very important to her and she dedicated her life to nursing and its affiliations. Carol had a very giving spirit and throughout the years supported the Carol Block Scholarship for continuing education in nursing through Centegra, the Centegra Foundation, and she gave the ultimate gift as a tissue and bone donor to Gift of Hope.
She gave her time generously at her church and showed her love of music through the choir and bells, as well as participating in the Boar’s Head Festival. For years she also delivered service tapes and CDs to shut-in church members in the community, as well as baking cookie platters for them at Christmas.
She is survived by children, Lynn (Daryl) Becker, Paul Block, Suzanne (Tim) Gallagher, Karl Block; her grandchildren, Leah (Aaron) Astley, Chris (Kinga) Becker, Cory (Dorota) Becker, Stacy (Dylan) Schmidt, Stephanie (Daniel Banzhaf) Gallagher, Michael (Monica) Gallagher; her great-grandchildren, Hannah, Rachel, Olivia, Sebastian, Adrian, Tristian, Savannah Belle; her siblings, Lois (Wayne) Muelich, Rhoda (Roger) Sandidge, Jason Klemp; and her sister-in-law, Luann Kirchoff.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron; her parents; and her brother, Eldon Klemp.