Former Tiffin resident Eve Bock, 91, of Crete, Neb., passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
She was born Eva Chybov’ April 28, 1922, in eastern Czechoslovakia, to Ludvik Chyba and Marta Chybov’. She had one older brother and two younger brothers; one of the younger brothers died as a small child.
The family eventually moved to Prague. She attended Charles University, majored in English and German, and worked as a German and English teacher. She met an American, Paul John Bock, while he was studying in Europe; they married Jan. 29, 1949, in Prague, and moved to America later that year.
Upon her arrival in the U.S., she earned a master’s degree in German from Yale University. The couple then moved to Oregon but later settled in Bowling Green and then Tiffin, where they raised their family of three children (a fourth died in infancy). The family were members at St. John’s United Church of Christ, Tiffin. In the early 1980s, Paul and Eve moved to Nebraska, when Paul had joined the faculty at Doane College.
Eve was a professor of German at Heidelberg College for most of her professional career. Her scholarship focused primarily on the works of John Huss and John Amos Comenius, but she also studied German plays and playwrights. She had a particular fondness for Bertolt Brecht and Friedrich Durrenmatt; she wrote numerous articles on these topics. Additionally, she was a frequent speaker on issues related to life in eastern Europe. After moving to Nebraska, she served as an adjunct German professor at Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan before fully retiring in the mid-1980s. After retirement, she devoted her summers to teaching Elderhostels and leading tours to the Czech Republic.
Eve and her family were world travelers. She traveled extensively through Europe and the U.S., visited Canada and Mexico, and also toured central and eastern Asia, visiting the Philippines, Thailand, and India along the way. Additionally, she and Paul took a sabbatical during the 1976-77 academic year and served as missionaries in Ghana. During their time there, they toured several African nations, which culminated in their visit to the Egyptian pyramids, a tremendous experience for Eve.
The couple also lived in Heidelberg, Germany, on two occasions: once during a semester-long sabbatical in 1971 and again from 1980-82 when Eve ran the Junior Year Abroad Program for American students studying in Germany. After the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Eve began to visit her Czech relatives every summer or two; she always retained a fierce love and loyalty for her homeland and brothers.
Eve was preceded in death by her parents, Ludvik Chyba and Marta Chybov’; two brothers, Milos and Jiri Chyba; and two children, Tim and Judy Bock.
She is survived by one brother, Lubomir Chyba of the Czech Republic; a daughter, Jane Bock and granddaughter, Maggie Gonzales-Bock, both of Crete, Neb.; a son, Ben Bock of Los Angeles; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Meredith Bock of Granada Hills, Calif.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are scheduled for July 7, 2013, at Congregational United Church of Christ, Crete, Neb.
Memorial donations may be sent to the church in Crete, Wilber Care Center, Wilber, Neb., or to any of Eve’s favorite charities: UNICEF, the Carter Center, Interfaith Alliance, Doctors without Borders or Amnesty International.