ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Cecelia 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.