Mary “Nell” Block

Mary "Nell” Block

Mary “Nell” Block, 91 of Platteville, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020, with her loving son, Peter, by her side.

Services will be on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville. Pastor Zayna Thomley will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Platteville, at a later date. Friends may call from 1:00p.m. until the time of service. A meal will be provided following the service at Melby Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in the name of Mary Nell Block to the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Platteville. Online condolences may be made at

Nell was born October 25, 1928 in Waupun, Wisconsin, the daughter of Albert and Mary Haeft. Nell graduated from Waupun High School and attended the University of LaCrosse where she graduated in 1950 with a degree in Physical Education. Nell moved to Platteville in 1951 and taught Physical Education at Platteville High School. Platteville is where she met Robert C. Block and they were married in the summer of 1952. Robert and Nell made their home in Platteville where Robert was an attorney and Nell became a homemaker after they adopted two Greek boys, Timothy D. Block and Peter T. Block. Nell was also the “neighborhood mother for the children and parents on special occasions.

Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Block; son Timothy D. Block; and her parents Albert and Mary Haeft.

Surviving are her son, Peter T. Block; and many nieces and nephews.

Special gratitude to Park Place Assisted Living and St. Croix Hospice for providing loving care to Nell. Thank you to Pastor Zayna and the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Platteville.