Verna Stock

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Verna M. Stock, nee Peach, 94, of Belleville IL, born September 9, 1928, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Stock was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Verna was brought up in the Catholic faith at St. Clare’s Parish in O’Fallon IL. Upon moving to Belleville with her husband and growing family, she was a member of St. Teresa’s Parish.  As an active member of that parish, she was in the Young at Heart Club, St. Teresa Mothers’ Club, a Cub Scout leader and participated in many other parish activities. Verna served as a den leader for Pack 19 for over 20 years. She received the Pelican Scouting Award in recognition of her dedication to Catholic Scouting. Verna was proud to be the mother of two Eagle Scouts as well as the grandmother of two Eagle Scouts. She began volunteering for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Auxiliary in 1986 and continued for more than 30 years. A life-long gardener, born with a “green thumb”, she loved to raise flower and vegetable gardens. After moving out to the country near Millstadt, she added tending to her chickens as a daily chore. Verna was an accomplished baker and cook, taking pride in preparing all of her family’s favorite dishes, everyone was made to feel welcome at her table. She had a special place in her heart for children. When asked to help by family and friends, she provided loving care to the countless babies and children who graced her doorstep. These friends became family to Verna and in a special way Bradley Troutman was another “son” to her.

 She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 33 years, Donald L. Stock, whom she married on April 28, 1951, at St. Clare Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL; a son, Michael Stock, Sr.; her parents, William and Mabel, nee Munie, Peach; a sister, Virginia Fulford; two brothers, George (Mona) Peach and John Peach; and nephews, David Wise, Paul Peach, Phillip Peach, Lee Peach, Todd Eschman, and Wayne Peach.

She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Nancy Marmet; two sons, Steven (Stephanie) Stock and Robert (Greta) Stock; a daughter-in-law, Karoline Stock; twelve grandchildren, Kristy (Brandon) Bazar, Michael (Sarah) Stock, Jr., Adam (Jolene) Stock, Maggie Stock (fiancé, Zach Madej), Jennifer Stock, Emily Stock (fiancé, Josh Baldwin), Robert Stock, Jr., Elizabeth Stock, Julie Stock, Steven Stock, Simon Stock, and Alexander Marmet; six great-grandchildren, William Bazar, Donald Stock, Frank Stock, Hattie Stock, Anderson Stock, and Alaina Stock; four brothers, Bill (Carol) Peach, Joe Peach, Frank (Diane) Peach, and Sam (Gloria) Peach; two sisters, Ruth (Jack) Wise and Jean (Art) Eschman; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Kreutzberg and Ina Peach; a brother-in-law, Tom (Adele) Fulford; numerous nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, the Double H Ranch, or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 1, 2022, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Godfrey Mullen and Msgr. John Myler concelebrating.

Burial will be at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.



14 Comments on Verna Stock

Mary Graham Stiehl said : Guest Report Oct 02, 2022 at 10:51 AM

I just saw this. Otherwise I definitely would have been at the service yesterday. She was the sweetest woman ever. There was nothing but kindness and graciousness about her. “Peach,” fit her perfectly. She loved unconditionally and took every day as a chance to do good. Condolences to all of the Peach and Stock families 🙏

  • Belleville
  • Illinois said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 11:13 PM

Over the many years off and on that I worked at St. E’s, she was always there smiling and helpful. I also knew her through Karoline. My best wishes to all the Stock family. Shary Dowd

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Ginny Gasawski said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 2:46 PM

To the Family of Verna, She was called home, but very grateful for the love for family and her joys of everyday living that she showed me. She has Left a special place in my heart as well as she did for so many other family and friends. Thank you for each moment I spent with Verna.

  • Ofallon
  • Illinois
Larry Marmet said : Guest Report Oct 01, 2022 at 2:12 AM

My condolences to all family and friends of Verna. Mom was the best mother in law a son in law could have. She'll be in all of the many hearts she touched forever, especially Alex's and mine. With fond memories and love, Larry

  • Ransomville
  • NY
Regina Williams said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 8:56 PM

So sorry about your Loss. I loved Verna very much, we volunteered for many Years at St.E's Hospital. We were Buddies. Miss her.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 6:50 PM

A wonderful lady, always made you feel welcome,always greeted you with a smile. Know she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

  • Ormond by the sea
  • Fl
Za Flores said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 1:50 PM

Dear Stock family, We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember meeting Verna in the early 1990's with Nancy. She immediately treated me like family. Our hearts are with you at this time. Sending love, Za and Glenn Flores

  • Palmetto Bay
  • FL
Gerry Hobbs said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 1:02 PM

To the Entire Stock Family: My sincerest sympathy. Verna was a very special lady. May God Bless.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Peggy & Tim Naumann said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 11:45 AM

Nancy, Steve, Rob & families, I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  • Swansea
  • IL
The Lugges said : Guest Report Sep 30, 2022 at 9:40 AM

Rob and Greta and family, So sorry for your loss. Verna was a great and Holy woman. Such a wonderful example for us all to model after and strive to me like. We are traveling this weekend. So sad we can’t tell you in person how much we appreciated your Mom!

  • Millstadt
  • Il
Chuck and San d y Stamm said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 10:43 PM

Steve and Stephanie and boys, We are sorry to hear about your mother. May Jesus' peace be with you and may He keep you in the palm of His hand!

  • Wood River
  • IL
Amanda Huffman said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 10:06 PM

Rob and your Family, I’m sorry for your families loss you all have my condolences

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jennifer, Adaliz & Neville said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 9:12 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss. Verna was always smiling, shedding her light to others. Sending love and hugs.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Troy Baldwin said : Guest Report Sep 29, 2022 at 7:44 PM

I’m thankful she thought of us to share her garden bounty and bakery sweets with us. Thank you Verna, you will be missed. Love, Troy

  • Millstadt
  • Il

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