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 DeBlock, Elsie Mae
Born: 05/10/1932
Died: 01/07/2016
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DeBlock, Elsie Mae

Elsie Mae DeBlock (Vanderbeck) passed peacefully in the early morning hours of Thursday January 7, 2016.  Born to James and Elsie Vanderbeck on May 10, 1932 in Paterson, NJ and resided in Fair Lawn, NJ until her marriage to the late John DeBlock, Jr. on December 1, 1951.


Upon graduation from Fair Lawn H.S., Elsie worked as a teller for the Paterson Savings Institute.  She later served as a service representative for the NJ Bell Telephone Co. both in Paterson and in Ridgewood, NJ.  Once married, Elsie resided in Prospect Park and later Waldwick, NJ.  The DeBlocks made their way to Wantage (Sussex County) in 1968 where she resided until her passing.  For the last fifteen years, Elsie enjoyed her winter home in Surprise, AZ.


Elsie served on the board of the Clove Cemetery Association for numerous years until her death.  Elsie was a founding and very active member of the Hope Evangelical Free Church in Wantage, NJ.  Elsie and John were proprietors of Wolfe Granite Memorials in Sussex for many years after John's banking career.  Elsie enjoyed knitting, was an avid seamstress and loved to clean her house.  Her love for her church family was superseded only by her love for her family.  Her legacy as a woman who feared and loved Christ will linger in many hearts.


Elsie was predeceased by her husband in 2013, her teen daughter Jeanne Marie in 1975, and her brothers Robert, Edward and David.  She is survived by her daughters Linda Jean DeGroat (Dennis), Nancy Jean Bookbinder (Robert), John David (Karina Maria) and ten grandchildren: Kyle and Brian DeGroat, Alissabeth Taylor (David), Rachel, John Austin, Grace, James, Eleanor DeBlock, Xenia Crockett, Nathan Bookbinder and four great grandchildren - Ian, Anna, Erin Taylor and Jayden Crockett. Elsie is also survived by her brother James (Joan) Vanderbeck.


"Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones." Psalm 116:15

Visitation will be held Sunday January 10. 2016 from 4-7 PM in the Hope Church #1441 Glenwood Rd/Rt. 565 Sussex, NJ 07461. Funeral Services will be Monday, January 11th at 11 AM also in the Church. Interment services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials in Elsie’s memory may be made to the Hope Church. 

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John & Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Suzanne Bosma Taylor
Elsie was a remarkable woman. She had great faith. Although she will be missed by many, she left memories that will live on forever. In loving memory, Anita & David
David & Anita Treiser Bernstein
so sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. She was a great lady and friend to hundreds. Have fond memories of her. Prayers and God Bless you all.
JOy Ricker
I have many fond memories of Mrs. DeBlock from when she was our neighbor in Waldwick. We kids ran and played back and forth between the two homes, sharing meals and playing card games. As a young child I remember playing with dolls in her basement as she ironed clothes nearby, singing all the while. She helped me learn to sew and taught my mother recipes that I still make for my family today. My sincere sympathy to her family.
Laura Sorensen
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. My thoughts are with you
Margaret Quinn (pilaar)
Elsie was my friend and mentor as we served on The Clove Cemetery Board. She was a very dedicated member for many years. She fought a great and courageous battle here on earth, but The Lord called her home to be with her beloved Husband John, Daughter Jeanne Marie and the many other loved ones who went before her. Elsie will be truly missed by all that knew and loved her. Audrey Morse
Audrey Morse
Linda, Nancy, and John...sincere condolences...many fond memories of Elsie and her family
Dick Dolce
We are so sad to hear of Aunt Elsie's passing, John. I have fond memories of the times I spent with her here in California. May she rest in peace and may you and your family find peace in the many treasured memories of her. Love to you all, Sue Keil Vanderbeck (wife of John Vanderbeck)
Sue Keil Vanderbeck
Our prayers are with the family in this time of loss but the life of this lady shines through her son John ALABAMA EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May God almighty, father of tender mercies and all comfort continue to strengthen you all (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). How eager we all are to see the fulfillment of Gods promise to completely remove death, tears, mourning, outcry and pain (Revelation 21:4). The Bible also provides assurance of the resurrection hope for our dead loved ones (John 5:25). May these promises from God bring you comfort. You can learn more about Gods purposes at www.jw.org
Zinne Suji
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