Delta Beelaert, 94 - April 06, 2013Delta Irene Beelaert, 94, of O’Neill passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Neligh.
Mass of Christian Burial took place on Wednesday, April 10, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing. The Rev. Jim Kramper served as officiant. Burial was conducted at St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery at Ewing.
Beelaert was born Nov. 20, 1918, at O’Neill to Albertus and Katherine (Wettlaufer) Gunn. She attended the O’Neill Public Schools and graduated as valedictorian of her class in 1937.
After attending Wayne State College on a scholarship for a brief period, she began working as a secretary for the Works Progress Administration in O’Neill, Hartington and Norfolk as well as Portland, ME, for a short time during the war.
When World War II began, Beelaert transferred to the Lincoln Air Base as a memorandum receipt clerk.
She was united in marriage to Alfons Beelaert, Jr., on Feb. 18, 1943, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Ewing. Her husband was a BM 1/c in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945.
Following the war, she and her husband resided on a farm five miles north of Ewing until his death on Oct. 21, 1973.
Beelaert then moved to Orchard where she lived for 16 years before moving to O’Neill in 1990.
The family said her labor of love was researching family histories and printing them for her descendents.
She was a longtime member of St. Peter de Alcantara Catholic Church of Ewing and its Altar Society. She was also a permanent member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Ewing, Unit No. 214, and the State Genealogical Society.
Beelaert was preceded in death by: her parents, Albertus and Katherine; her husband, Alfons; a grandson, Patrick Beha; daughter-in-law, Cathy; two brothers—Fritz and Bob Gunn.
Survivors include: her four children—Barbara (Jerry) Beha of Spirit Lake, ID, Mike (Gail) Beelaert of Orchard, Jim Beelaert of Morristown, TN, and Connie (Mike) Hilderbrand of Gothenburg; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law—Dorothy Gunn of Lincoln and Marie Harper of Stuart; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorials may are suggested to the St. Peter’s Cemetery fund and O’Neill Aseracare Hospice.