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Shirley Blanche (Knockerbocker) Klock

Shirley Blanche Klock, age 95 of Ipswich, former Topsfield resident, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.

She was born to the late Earl and Wilma (Tripp) Knickerbocker on March 10, 1919, in Ancram, New York. Shirley attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has been a member of the First Congregational Church of Topsfield since 1958, where for many years she worked as the church secretary. She then went on to the Manchester-by-the-Sea school system where she was secretary for the Special Education Department, making many lifelong friends with several teachers. For nine years she worked part-time in the accounting department at Essex Group Management in Rowley.  She loved cooking and trying new recipes for dinners she would host once a week for her grandsons and granddaughter. She practiced her baking skills on homemade goodies for her friends to enjoy at the Essex Group. Shirley enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, reading, crossword puzzles, and late night radio talk shows. For many years she knitted hats for the newborns at Beverly Hospital. Family and friends were her love and joy. Shirley often spoke of her time with her late husband, Bob, during World War II while crossing the country by train as he prepared and trained to fly the B29 Bomber over Japan. As a war bride she volunteered many hours at home until her husband returned. Bob died in 1976. He was actively involved in the planning and development of recreation facilities for the residents of Topsfield. The recreation field and park, located on North Street, is named Klock Park.

Shirley is survived by her three children, Sharon Gilbert and husband William Gilbert of Camden, Maine, James Klock and wife Joanne Klock of Colorado, and Deborah Romano and husband Frank Romano of Rowley. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and her cousin Carol Doxtader of Fairport, NY. The family wishes to thank all those who cared for Shirley over the past year at Blaire House of Milford. Because of her excellent care, comfort and new friendships, she was happy and content.

Visiting hours will be held 9 to 10:30 am on Saturday, January 31, 2015, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by her funeral service  11:00am in The First Congregational Church of Topsfield. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the First Congregational Church of Topsfield, 9E Street, Topsfield, MA 01983.

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