Diane Margaret Bloch
Diane passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Freeport Hospital in Kitchener after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 80. Beloved wife for 55 years to Oscar Arthur Bloch of Elmira. Loving mother of Kevin Bloch (Shelley), Jeff Bloch (Denise), and Brent Bloch (Kyla). Dear grandma to Dawson and Reid Bloch, Kyla and Adam Bloch, and Hadley and Finley Bloch. She is survived by her sisters, Linda Feil-Fraser (Darwin), and Lea Doll (Peter); brothers Bruce Feil and Michael Feil (Darlene); sister-in-law Theresa Baritz-Feil, as well as her in-laws Ervin Bloch (Jennie), and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents Frederick William Feil and Ila Marie Driscoll; brothers Brian Feil (Audrey) and Barrie Feil; sister-in-law Judy Feil, as well as her in-laws Edmund Bloch (Martha) and Audrey Bloch.
Diane taught elementary school for 15 years in St. Clements, Sarnia, Guelph, and Floradale. When her son Jeff was born in 1974, she left teaching and worked with Oscar on the family farm, devoting her life to her family. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Elmira for 55 years, where she volunteered with Lutheran Braille Workers - Canada. She was a longtime member of the Woolwich Ever Faithful Women’s Institute and she also enjoyed reading, knitting and doing crossword puzzles in her spare time. Diane and Oscar enjoyed playing euchre with their neighbours and friends in the “Woopee Card Club” for several decades. Diane was a dedicated gardener and farm wife, who took pride in her large vegetable gardens, and who took joy in sharing her recipes and preserves each year. Her home and her heart were always open to welcome anyone at her table, and she enjoyed planning celebratory parties for her children, siblings, nieces, nephews and relatives in recognition of their milestones. Diane was also a very avid hockey mom who supported her boys with their various hockey pursuits over the years, and she volunteered with the Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. B hockey club.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff and volunteers at the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre, and to the many nurses and personal support workers who cared for Diane at her home. A private family service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 11 a.m., at the Dreisinger Funeral Home, Elmira, and may be viewed on Diane’s tribute page. The link will be provided just prior to the service on Friday.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to Diabetes Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre would be appreciated by the family.
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PO Box 1224 Stn K.
Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9
Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
(Grand River Hospital Foundation - Regional Cancer Centre)
PO Box 9056, 835 King St. W.
Kitchener, ON N2G 1G3
www.grhf.org or call 519-749-4205
Heart & Stroke Foundation
2-1373 Victoria St. N.
Kitchener, ON N2B 3R6