In Memory of






Obituary for Margaret Elaine "Marge" Bock (Klassen)


Margaret Elaine Bock, beloved wife of Ray, cherished mother, sister and friend died on Monday, April 10, 2023 at Riverview Health Centre at the age of 57 years.

Margaret (Marge) Elaine Klassen was born to Peter and Maria (Wiebe) Klassen in the Altona Memorial Hospital on June 3, 1965. She grew up on the farm near Gretna, Manitoba and attended Gretna Elementary School and Mennonite Collegiate Institute. She was the 4th daughter born into her family. Upon graduation from highschool she moved to Winnipeg to pursue a hairdressing career. Since she needed funding for the beauty school courses, she started to work at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Physiology in February 1984. She washed glassware for the research labs in the department. In July, 1987 she accepted the position of laboratory technician in Dr. Peter A. Cattini’s laboratory in the Department of Physiology. She learned many biological techniques and helped to train the many Cattini lab graduate students (both MSc and PhD). Her hairdressing career never came to fruition, but she had many wonderful years as a lab technician. She worked very hard, supporting all the graduate students and staff. Marge was known as the “lab mother”.

The year 1987 was a great year for Marge when she met the love of her life Ray Bock. They were married on September 29, 1990 in Winnipeg. They have called Lindsay Street their home in River Heights for many years. Three boys were born to Marge and Ray: Lucas, Nathan and Levi. Marge was very proud of her contribution to the Bock family name for the future generations of Bocks to come through their boys.

Marge is survived by her husband Ray Bock of 31 years, children Lucas and Machaela Bock of Lorette, Nathan, and Levi and Katie Bernard of Winnipeg. Her siblings: John and Kathie Klassen Headingly, Hilda and Gordon Peters Wymark, Saskatchewan, Dorothy and Nick Molchan (Winnipeg), Lydia and Larry Neudorf (Winnipeg), Dwight Klassen & Tara (Altona), Richard and Cindy Klassen (Winkler), Christine and Jason Peters (Gretna), Becky and Terry Toews (Gretna); many nieces and nephews and their families.

In memory of Marge, contributions may be made to the Karol McNeill Research Technician award.
Please contact Dr. Andrew Halayko at (Margaret was the inaugural recipient of the Karol McNeill Research Technician award at the University of Manitoba in 2010.)

The service will be livestreamed, and available at

Funeral service will be held Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the family cemetery near Altona.