Thomas Belland, of Braham, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at his home.  He was 81 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

VISITATION will be held from 4:00-7:00 pm  on Thursday, January 5th with a 7:00 pm Prayer Service followed by the Rosary and 1 hour prior to the service on Friday, ALL AT THE CHURCH.

INTERMENT will be in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

Thomas “Tom” Alfred Belland of Braham passed away at home on December 29, 2016 surrounded by several of his loved ones. He was 81 years old.

Tom was born on March 20, 1935 in Little Canada, Minnesota to Edmund and Elizabeth (Bibeau) Belland. He was the last of 9 children and the 2nd boy in the family. They were French Canadian and only spoke French at home. The Belland family business was truck gardening. They sold produce at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market and had a contract with Gedney. Most of this work was done by hand and with a team of horses. In fact, they were one of the last houses to install electricity in their neighborhood.

Thomas met his future bride, Cecelia Ufkes at a fireman’s ball in Little Canada. She was a stunning redhead. They each 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. In the early years, Tom continued working at Twin City Arsenal in Arden Hills while farming. He decided to dedicate his life to farming after a near miss with an oncoming train. Tom had fallen asleep at the tracks. Thankfully he woke up in time to miss the train and his son Joe made it to school safely. Farming was good and the family continued to grow to 4 girls and 9 boys, yes 13 kids in total.

There were a couple of things that Tom loved: his wife, his 1964 Pontiac Catalina and seeing things flourish. Hard work made him feel useful. He was fiercely proud and family focused. He loved nature, summer heat and wildflowers in the pasture. Watching him work the fields was a dance unto itself. He said many times “I love to farm”. He took pleasure in simple things: a straight fence, a new crop, newborn calves, the first tomato and ear of corn from the garden, auctions, horses, good whiskey and playing cards.

He would come in from the field for lunch, hold and feed the newest baby so mom would have a little break. Much to her delight, he’d bring her wild roses, tiger lilies or a collection of smaller flowers in his snuff box. Sadly, when mom passed away last year, some of his fire was gone. He’s reunited with his wife of 53 years and many family members who preceded him. He will not be lonely, but will be missed greatly by those he left behind. Until we meet again, much love to you

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Elizabeth Belland; wife, Cecelia; grandson Micheal Belland; sisters, Josephine Thissen, Clara Miron, Marie Riopel, Sr. Francoise Belland, Sr. Mary Ann Belland, Louise Schueller; and brother Isidore; as well as their spouses.

He is survived by his children, Gregory (Debbie), Joseph (Tamara), Michelle (Brian) Oquist, Elizabeth (Jeff) Aldrich, Thomas (Krisanda Corelli), Jacque, Jacquelynne (Richard) Nordstrom, Michael (Michelle), Colleen (Patrick) Baker, Peter (Brenda), Paul (Kathy), Stephen (Krissy), and Edmund (Marissa); 26 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren; sister Jean Margaret O.S.F; many other relatives and friends.

20 guestbook entries for THOMAS A. BELLAND

  1. Bev Oquist December 30, 2016 at 7:41 pm #

    Brian Michelle and family: So sorry for your loss!!

  2. Lynne Aldrich December 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm #

    Hugs to you Elizabeth. Our Dad’s are irreplaceable and never leave our heart.

  3. Steve and Myrna Aldrich January 1, 2017 at 12:47 am #

    To the Belland Family: We share your double sorrow in losing Ceil so recently and, now, Tom as well. May you find joy in your pleasant memories and consolation in your support for one another as you let time heal your hearts.

  4. Louise Thissen January 1, 2017 at 9:45 am #

    So sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest sympathy to the whole family!

  5. Tom Bursaw January 1, 2017 at 10:45 am #

    Sympathies and prayers to the Belland family.

  6. Marlene and Darwin Nelson January 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    To the Belland Family,

    We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending Sympathy, Love and Hugs to all of you

    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  7. Mike Shockman January 1, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    Sorry to hear about Thomas’ passing. He was such a nice guy. Love you all, my condolences…

  8. Annette Hunt Keenan January 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    My deepest sympathies to the Belland family on the loss of your Dad. Praying for peace and comfort. Your folks were friends of my folks. They were good people. Again, sorry for your loss.

  9. Linda (Wendberg) Heilman January 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    I have many wonderful memories of Tom and the whole family. I just learned that your mom has also passed away as well. I am praying that the Holy Spirit will cover you all with peace at this difficult time.

  10. Cassandra Surprise (McGaffigan) January 2, 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    To the entire Belland Family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom and Ceil as well as you all, had a huge effect on my life and I am so grateful for that. I have fond memories of the times we got to spend with both. I am so sorry I can’t make it to service but my heart is with you all. Love and hugs.

  11. Carol Kroll January 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

    My sincere Condolences to you and your Family, may your wonderful memories of both your Mom and Dad fill you with joy.
    Im so sorry for your loss, you have been through so much.

    Carol Harned Kroll

  12. Rita Clasemann January 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Dear Jackie and Rich,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers this week.

    Love and peace,

  13. Kathleen Nelson January 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm #


    I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and Jeff
    and your entire family.

    Kathy Nelson

  14. Brad W. Griffith January 3, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Elizabeth and family, I am very sorry for your loss.

  15. Maureen La Bey January 3, 2017 at 6:25 pm #

    To all of the Belland family
    I am so very sorry to hear of Tom”s passing. It breaks my heart. My prayers are with all of you. God will give you strength to get through this difficult time. I’ll bet they are dancing together right now.

  16. Renee and Marc Rubenstein January 4, 2017 at 11:47 am #

    Elizabeth, Marc and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  17. Alicia Beheit January 4, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    To all my family Belland. My heart is broken for the passing of my beloved dad. In this difficulty times I have been praying for you all and for myself too. I sure will miss our little conversation that dad and I had on the phone. I love you dad until we meet again some day.

  18. Anita and Chuck Krohn January 4, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    Elizabeth, Jeff and Belland family, Look to the sky and find the brightest star and know he is guiding you from above. With deepest sympathy, Anita and Chuck

  19. Steve & Rocky Peltier January 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Michael, Michelle, Andrew & all of the Belland family,

    So sorry for your loss, the loss of a parent is always hard.
    Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this
    most difficult time. Treasure all the wonderful memories
    & the stories to share with each other and all those grandkids.

  20. The Zins Family January 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Jackie and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your father (grandfather). Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers. May you find peace and comfort soon.

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