Norma Brock |

Norma Brock

Norma L. Van Den Brock of Goshen, Ind., died at 10:04 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital. She was 86.

She was born Feb. 26, 1927, in San Jose, Calif., as a fourth-generation Californian, to Harold & Elma (Dawson) Blackmore. She married Frank Van Den Brock on Dec. 26, 1950.

She ran a day care center out of her home for many years and even cared for her clients’ children’s children. Some of the kids called her “mama Norma” and entrusted their own children into her care. She loved animals, especially cats, was a 4-H horse and pony youth leader and enjoyed watching basketball games on TV. She also had a great sense of humor and made the nurses laugh at the hospital the day before she passed. She supported Native American charities for many years and belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She is survived by sons Charles Corwell of Maryland and James Van Den Brock of California; daughter, Star Mengede of British Columbia, Canada; sisters Doreen Wurts of Arizona and Dolores Stinson of California; nieces Janice Matson of Indiana, Geneva Sbonik of Wisconsin and Janelle Earl of California; nephews Ken Burgin, Chris Stinson and Greg Stinson, all of California, and David Wurts of Oregon; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; sister, Laura Blackmore Knox; and nephew, Wayne Stinson.

There will be no services. At her request, she will be cremated and her ashes scattered in the same place in California as her beloved husband, Frank.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

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