Alberta M. Wilcockson, 99, peacefully passed away at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka.
Born in her family home in Monterey, Indiana on September 6, 1922, Alberta was middle of 11 children born to Edward C. and Ida E. (Appler) Master. She graduated from Monterey High School with the class of 1941.
In St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Monterey, Alberta married William A. Wilcockson on April 21, 1951. The couple would move to Plymouth that same year and begin their family. They would welcome four children through the years: Elizabeth J. “Betty”, Rebecca A. “Becky”, Richard M. “Rick” and James A. “Jim”.
She was a phenomenal seamstress. When her children were small, she made all of their clothes. She made clothes for other people also. She worked for Prices Cleaner’s doing alterations. Through her sewing she touched many lives and made many lasting friendships. One time there was a little girl making her First Communion at St Michael’s church, her parents didn’t have the money for her dress. Alberta made the dress and gave it to the little girl. The parents were so grateful that they bought a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary to show their appreciation. She treasured it always. She also enjoyed crocheting and sewing.
A devout Catholic, Alberta was a long-time member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Plymouth. She served as a past officer on the Altar Rosary Society and a member of the Harvest House. Over the years she did many things for the church: helping make donuts to be sold after mass, working in the gift shop for many years, hemming the altar vestments, helping clean the church and any other task the church asked for help with.
She worked for H & R Block for many years and received a plaque for 25 years of service, and retired 2001. She was an avid reader of various genres. Alberta was also a member of the Women’s Bowling League in Plymouth.
Alberta is deeply missed by her three children: Betty of Plymouth, Richard and his wife Jane of Delton, MI and James and his wife Meg of Plymouth; Four grandchildren: Jodi Walters, Sara Noteboom and Lisa Wilcockson of Delton, MI and Aneka Senff of Plymouth; Eight great grandchildren: Andrew Senff, Zayn Gunn, Jaden Baltizar, Kanyon Baltizar, Chad Griewank, Heather Griewank, Hannah Noteboom and Kyler Noteboom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Rebecca and by her 10 brothers and sisters: John, Martha, Phillip, Rudolph, Karl, Jack, Wilma, Dorothy, Pauline, Jean.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday October 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Friends are welcome from 11:30 a.m. until the start of mass.
Family burial will be held in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Monterey, Indiana at a later date.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael Church, 612 N. Walnut Street, Plymouth, 46563, St. Michael Grade School 612 N. Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563 or Center for Hospice Care 501 Comfort Pl. Mishawaka, IN 46545.
Judy Newberg says
Your mom and Helen Hickman were such good friends; I’m sure they are catching up with each other right now. Your mom was a lovely lady and so kind to all those she met. Prayers to the family.
ricki garrison says
My thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. Betty you where so good with your Mom and I know she is smiling down on you for all you did for her especially during her last few weeks. Alberta was a very sweet lady and will be missed by many. God Bless and be you with always.
Robert R Hunneshagen says
To all the family, My Deepest Sympathy. She was certainly a wonderful lady. Claudia loved her dearly.
Joan Hunt says
Betty so sorry to hear of Alberta’s passing. Helen Hickman talked about her friend often. They are now reunited!
Prayers for your family as you grieve and celebrate Alberta and her life well lived ❤️
Donna Taber Whitmer says
Dear Betty and Family,
My sincere sympathy for the loss of your Mom. May she soar with the angels!!
Jacki Garrison Larimore says
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
DeeDee Gates Wagoner says
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. I so remember her kindness and all she put up with from our time at your house. Sending love to you and your family.
Barb Lowry says
Alberta, you were such a classy lady!! You will be greatly missed at St. Michael Church and Harvest House. Betty bless you for being a wonderful caregiver for your Mom. Our sympathy to you and all your family for your loss.
Cindy & Bob Rude says
Betty, you made the most of the time you and your mom had together! I know she will be missed by many who have loved her, especially you. Love and prayers my friend, ❤️Cindy & Bob Rude
Shirley Gidley says
To all of Alberta’s family
Have known her for 55 years.
She was a hard working, loving mom, who did so many things in her life.
A devout woman who shared her prayers with and for so many!
She left so many memories, in so many ways. Remember that she loved you all and set many good examples for all to emulate and give back to others
God Bless all and I know she is resting in the hands of the Lord.
Mike Powell says
So sorry to hear the news of your loss, you will be in our prayers