Posted By: Pat Frette (email)
Date: 1/15/2009 at 11:21:07
Beverly Jean Petersen Bock was born May 2, 1923, to Marcus and Louise (Sandell) Petersen in Boone, Iowa. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 9, 2008, at the Fort Dodge Bickford Cottage. Bev graduated from Boone High School in 1941, and attended Iowa State University, earning a B.S. degree in child development. Beverly was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She taught preschool in Oregon for one year before returning to the Midwest.
On June 25, 1947, she married Dr. Don Richard Girton Bock, M.D., at the First Presbyterian Church in Boone. Don was physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and the couple resided in several locations, including Washington, D.C., Battle Creek, Michigan; San Antonio and Kaleen, Texas; and in Boone, while Don served overseas in the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, the family moved to Ft. Dodge where Don began his private medical practice in 1954. Beverly was a co-founder and director of Dodge Preschool at First Congregational Church, a member of JX Chapter P.E.O., and the Ft. Dodge Country Club. She was also a deacon and long-time Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church, bridge club member and Iowa Heart Association volunteer.
In 1980, Beverly and Don moved to Ames, where she was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, serving as both an elder and deacon, Capt. Greeley Chapter of Questers; ISU Faculty Wives; United Presbyterian Women, P.E.O. and the Ames Golf & Country Club. Beverly returned to Ft. Dodge following Don's death in December, 2004, residing at Bickford Cottage.
Beverly and Don enjoyed extensive world travel and the Iowa Friendship Force. Her greatest passions were being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook and decorator, loved flower gardening, and was a talented golfer and bowler. Her family remembers her as the most kind and caring of mothers. Bev possessed a thoughtful and generous spirit, with a beaming smile for all.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Mary Joanne (Lowell) Herold. She is survived by her children Rev. Gregory (Julie) Bock of Ft. Dodge; Marcus (Diane) Bock of The Villages, Florida; and Mary Jo (Rev. Paul) Taintor of Silver Bay, Minnesota. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren Amanda, Emily, Carl, Jennifer, Sarah, Angela, Anthony, Micah, Matthew, Marcus, Luke, and Aaron; 3 great-grandsons Kenya, Lucas, and Tate; as well as two nephews Jeffrey and Peter.
The family wishes to thank all caregivers who loved and comforted Beverly. Visitation with family will be held at Gunderson's Funeral Home, Fort Dodge, Saturday, December 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A private family service and inurnment will be held in Boone at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to be made to the discretion of the family.
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