Ottilie Bloch

Ottilie Bloch, age 96, of Bellevue, MI went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at her home. She was surrounded by her children and son in law.
Ottilie was born in Kosjask, Ukraine on January 1, 1926, a daughter of the late Bertha (Hummermister) and Kristian Feifert.
Ottilie spent her childhood in Urkaine where she attended local schools prior to WWII. On December 9, 1945 she married Ewald Bloch in Istanbul, Germany. With the war ended, housing was very difficult to find so the entire family lived together, including Ottilie and Ewald. As many had done during this time period Ottilie’s entire family had filed immigration paperwork to come to the United States. On April 1, 1953 their dream became reality and the family left German for America. The ocean journey was extremely difficult, with Ottilie tending her two sons and being sea sick the entire time. Upon their arrival in New York Harbor, the family boarded a train and made their way to Battle Creek MI where they spent six weeks with their host family from Lakeview Baptist Church. In 1953 Ottilie and Ewald purchased their farm in Bellevue, MI where they raised their family together. They had celebrated over 48 years of marriage when Ewald passed away in 1994.
Ottilie loved being on the farm and overseeing the needs of her family. She gladly helped with farm chores or milking cows whenever needed. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens, and would spend hours meticulously making sure they were weed free, sometimes pulling weeds by moonlight.
Ottilie is survived by her daughter, Ingrid (Ralph) Sampson, her sons Edmund (Vickie) Bloch, Hermann, (Marti) Bloch, 5 grandsons, Martin, Karl, Kristian and 2 great grandsons Dieter, Rykert.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ewald Bloch, her son Willi Bloch, and several siblings that have passed away in the U.S.
Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, January 15th at Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville, MI with Pastor Lester DeGroot and Deano Lamphere officiating.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the funeral service beginning at 10 AM at the Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville, MI
There will be a time of fellowship and funeral luncheon immediately following the funeral service in the fellowship hall at Nashville Baptist Church
Interment will take place following the funeral luncheon at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue, MI
Memorial contributions can be made to the Nashville Baptist Church 304 S. Philip Street Nashville, MI 49073, Gideons (for Bibles in memory of), and American Cancer Society.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at