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November 9, 1913 – Monday, March 25, 2013

Service Information
Chapel of Parkview Care Center, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 6, 2013
4:00 PM

Visitation Information
Chapel of Parkview Care Center, Buffalo, MN
Saturday, April 6, 2013
3:30 PM

Delia M. (Dee) Bock passed away peacefully in the Lord on March 25, 2013 at Parkview
Care Center in Buffalo, Minnesota. She was 99 years, 4 months and 16 days old.
Delia Gertrude Melicent Just was born November 9, 1913 on the family farm south of
Boyd in Tyro Township, Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota, the sixth daughter and last
of eleven children of German immigrants. She was baptized on November 30, 1913 at
Zion Lutheran Church in Tyro Township, and confirmed in her Christian faith at the same church on May 1, 1927.

All her siblings and many of her nieces and nephews and some of their children were baptized and / or confirmed and / or married at this same church, located west of Clarkfield, Minnesota. She graduated from Clarkfield High School on May 29, 1931. At some point early in her life, she decided not to use her one middle name “Gertrude”
so she went by Delia M. Just. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1934 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, one of the first from the U’s School of Nursing. She practiced nursing until retiring in 1975.

On October 29, 1942 she married Navy LtCdr. Almon C. (Al) Bock in the parsonage of the Rev. John Mason in Montevideo, Minnesota. Al was on active duty serving as the educational officer of the Sixth Fleet, based in Norfolk, Virginia. While in Norfolk, she bore her son and first child. After the war she and her family moved back to Montevideo, where Al arranged to go to Columbia University, New York City, to pursue his advanced degrees. She bore her other child, a daughter, in Montevideo. After WWII and in the fifties, sixties and seventies, the family traveled around the Upper Midwest, during which time she practiced her nursing skills while Al taught in small colleges in Aberdeen, South Dakota; Seward, Nebraska, and Mayville, North Dakota. Dee became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1960, and served Mayville Hospital and other surrounding community hospitals in that capacity for many years. They both retired in 1975. In 1976 they moved to Buffalo where they lived together until Al passed away on April 17, at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 12 days.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Christoph Jacob and Auguste Pauline Lächelt Just; her ten siblings; her husband Al of 57 years, and some nieces and nephews. She is survived by her son Almon C. (Bo) Bock II (Elaine) of Plymouth, Minnesota; her daughter Pamela D. (Pam) Slate (Joseph) of Scottsdale, Arizona; her granddaughter Margaret (Margy) Heinrichs (Tony) and their children Jake and Julia of Chicago, Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, and their children.

Her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was exemplary, and she maintained it up to the end. She was disappointed when she could not attend a regular worship service or Bible study. She was instrumental in bringing her husband to faith through Baptism and Confirmation in 1949, and was active in many churches throughout her life. Despite her physical and mental frailties during the last months and years of her life, she maintained a lively sense of humor. She never grumbled or complained about her condition and the hands she had been dealt, but toward the end she openly asked God to take her home. Her request was granted.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Chapel of Parkview Care Center, Buffalo. Rev. Harry Maravelas, Chaplain of Park Terrace Assisted Living in Buffalo, gave the homily and Rev. John Folkerds, Pastor Emeritus of Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo delivered some Scripture readings and prayers.

Her ashes will be laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Montevideo, Minnesota, next to those of her husband Al.

The urn holds the ashes; the heart, the memories. Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Evonne Agnello

    I knew Dee for nearly 60 years. We first met in the early 1950’s when I was a young child and a friend of her daughter, Pam, when we were neighbors in Seward, Nebraska.

    Dee was such a remarkable woman – calm, intelligent, creative, and caring with a great sense of humor. It was amazing to see her remake her career when she returned to school as a mature woman for anesthesia training.

    It was a rich blessing to have had her in my life. She was like a second mother to me, especially after my mom passed. She touched many lives with her kindness and compassion and the world is a better place because of her.

  2. Amy Wittmann

    It was such an honor to know and love Delia. My condolences to all of you.

  3. Del Haag

    Bock & Elaine, Sorry I can’t be there for the service. I always enjoyed visiting with your Mom and Dad. They were really “fun people”. Take Care, Del Haag


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