C. Belland webphotoCecelia Belland, of Braham, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015 at her home.  She was 76 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held from 4-7 pm on Friday, November 13th at the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

PRAYER SERVICE will be held at 7:00pm on Friday with a rosary service to follow.

INTERMENT will be in the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

Memorials are preferred to Saint Peter & Paul Catholic Church -Homeless Shelter Program.

Cecelia Belland, of Braham, passed away at home on Monday, November 9, 2015 surrounded by several of her loved ones.  She was 76 years old.
Cecelia was born on January 20, 1939 in St. Paul Minnesota.  She was the only daughter of Irene Johnson and Meno Ufkes.  Ceil made friends easily as she was into music, dancing, bowling, roller skating and usually up for any adventure.  She had many opportunities to travel visiting extended family in the Midwest and Santa Fe area.  Travel continued to be an interest and pleasure throughout her adult life. 

Cecelia met her future husband, Thomas Belland at a fireman’s ball in Little Canada, MN.  She was a stunning redhead, accomplished dancer and they both left that evening telling their family they’d met their future spouse.  In 1962, they were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Little Canada.  After they wed, they lived in a two bedroom house in Vadnais Heights for 6 years and realized they’d outgrown this little house when they were expecting their 5th child.

They moved out of the city north to Braham, Minnesota in 1968. Initially this was hard on Ceil but in time she grew to love the farm and their family continued to expand.  In all, they had 13 children.  When her youngest son was 2 years old she decided to return to work. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant where she provided care and comfort to elderly residents for nearly 18 years.  After that, Ceil went to work at the Isanti County Historical Society where she learned how to use a computer and email while doing genealogy work.  As always, she loved meeting people and helping to make a difference.  

She had a passion for life and a love of children.  She loved meeting new little ones at church and in the community welcoming every opportunity to hold babies as often as possible.  Family was very important to Cecelia.  She hosted a foreign exchange student in 1979-1980 and has several non-biological children that called her mom.  She had a sympathetic ear and a full cupboard.  She loved to feed and nurture people.  The coffee pot was always on and all were welcome.  She was an amazing woman and will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. 

Cecelia is preceded in death by her parents, Irene and Meno Ufkes, In-laws Edmund and Elizabeth Belland, and grandson Micheal Belland.

She is survived by her husband Thomas; children, Greg (Debbie), Joseph (Tamara), Michelle (Brian) Oquist, Elizabeth (Jeff) Aldrich, Tom (Krisanda Corelli), Jacque, Jacquelynne (Richard) Nordstrom, Michael (Michelle), Colleen (Patrick) Baker, Peter (Brenda), Paul (Kathy), Stephen (Krissy), and Edmund (Marissa); 25 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild; many other relatives and friends.

15 thoughts on “CECELIA M. BELLAND”

  1. To the Belland Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. She was such a dear lady and always supported the arts at BAHS. She will be missed. With loving thoughts and sympathy

  2. Elizabeth and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Each and every one of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Find comfort knowing your mother is in a much better place with our good Lord.

  3. Dear Tom and family

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    We have lost a very special person.
    I knew her as such a kind, loving woman.
    I hope all you children know how much she
    loved you all.


  4. To The Family of Cecelia Belland- My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of you during this time. Your mother/wife/grandmother was an amazing woman! (Who happened to bake the BEST EVER Buns in the WHOLE WORLD!) I know we will all miss her greatly but we have wonderful memories of the footprints she left here. With Love to All of you, Sandy

  5. I was very saddened to hear about mom passing. All the memories that we all shared, the love of each other and the care that she gave me while I was living with her and the rest of the family I will keep them close to my heart forever. What an incredible woman, mother and friend she was. I will miss her so much but some day we will be together again. Mom. I love you and thank you to all the family Belland for the love we have shared through the years. My prayers are love have been sent to you all in this difficulty time.

  6. To the family of Cecelia Belland:

    Elizabeth and entire family. We are so sorry to learn of the death of your mother. She was such a dear and amazing lady. You are in our thoughts and prayers these coming days and weeks

    In our faith, we fully believe that today, she is well, and walks through the streets of the New Jerusalem, hand in hand with Our Savior.

    Love to all of you,
    Alan & Karen
    Apple Valley, MN

  7. Dear Uncle Tom and family;
    I am so sorry for your loss! Words can’t express how much she will be missed! My love and prayers go out to all of you!
    With deepest sympathy Your Niece, and cousin, (Toots) Louise Thissen, Willmar, MN.

  8. Dear Belland Family,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you who have done so much to make Ceil’s long final journey on earth as comfortable and happy as possible. We know you will miss her terribly forever, but hope you will take comfort in knowing that you did what you could to show your love for her — and how glad she no doubt was to be able to spend her final moments back at home. We are thinking of you all, Steve and Myrna

  9. To my american family. The Belland I’m sad to see mom go to reunited with God . She was wonderful mom, friend and an amazing woman. I always loved her since day 1 when I first arrived to Braham 1979. I give thank every day to God for giving me the opportunity to live with my american family. That was the best gift ever. I sure going to miss all our talked, laugh that we have shared through the years. I love you mom till we meet again. Sending my love and my prayers to the rest of the family. i love you all very much.


  10. Dear Tom, and family,
    We don’t know what to say. This was such a long and difficult time. We understand the path and pain you have been on and feel. We believe life is the hell we make it. Our death and process of dying is purgatory and the death is the walk from darkness into the eternal light of heaven!! We sure hope so anyway.

    Ceil is at rest in the arms of God, family, and friends, who went before her. She will always be near you. You just have to open your hearts and see her messages from above all around.

    Your lives are forever changed but you can be happy and proud being a part of her legacy. Make her proud. Love one another and hold your beautiful family together. As a mom, I know that is what would please her most!! “Family is everything!!!”

    May God comfort you on the difficult days ahead and offer you joyous, love, and peace filled memories to sustain you.
    With sincerity and love.
    Gloria & Ralph

  11. My deepest sympathies to the entire Belland family. Share your good memories and hold each other close. You are in my prayers.

  12. Our sympathy to the Belland family, keeping you in our prayers. The beautiful memories you have of your times together is such a precious thing to hold in your heart till you meet again in heaven. God’s Blessings

  13. On behalf of the Isanti County Historical Society I wish to extend our love and sympathy to Cecilia’s family. Ceil could well be said to have been the face of ICHS when I arrived, welcoming all comers through our doors and guiding them to the necessary resources – and we all loved her! She was always searching for and categorizing articles of historical interest, developing and using newly acquired computer skills, and ever ready to discuss local history with visitors and members. What would have been a holiday party without Ceil? We will miss her greatly. – Kriste Ericsson, Board President

  14. I am deeply saddened to hear of Ceil’s passing. I worked with her for years at ICHS, and she never failed to brighten my day. Such a lovely lady! I greatly looked forward to spending time with her. The world is not as bright without her in it. – Tesha Christensen Pettit, former ICHS Board President

  15. Elizabeth,
    I know you are deeply saddened by the loss of your Mother, I am sad that I was unable to attend any part of the Celebrations of your mom’s life. I look forward to seeing you soon.

    Carol Harned Kroll

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