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BELA, Frank William 1916-1949


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 11/22/2014 at 00:55:24

[Waterloo Daily Courier, Tuesday, January 11, 1949, Waterloo, Iowa]

F. W. Bela
a Suicide

Frank W. Belt. 32, of Hammond Avenue, took his own life early Tuesday morning by shooting himself in the head with 12-gauge shotgun. Waterloo police said.

His body was found at 3:20 a.m. in the basement of a new home he had near completion at 3101 Hammond Avenue,

Mrs. Bela told police that she was awakened by the baby crying early Tuesday morning and discovered that her husband was missing from home. A shotgun was also missing, she said.

Mrs. Bela told police that she telephoned her brother-in-law, Joseph Bela, of 1021 Newton Street, and that he found his brother's body in the basement of the new residence.

Friends said that Bela was a highly nervous type, but other than that could give no reason for the suicide.

Born on June 12, 1916, at Hill City, Minnesota, Frank Bela was the son of Joseph and May Bela.

He attended the public schools of Hill City and was married here on Nov. 25, 1939, to Miss Theresa Weinhold of Princeton, Minn.

Bela had been an employe of the Rath Packing Co. for the 10 year period preceding the strike there last spring. Since that time he had been employed at the Waterloo Valve Spring Compressor Co.

The deceased was a member of the Moose lodge and of St. Edward's Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Judy Kathleen, 6, and Vicki Lynn, 16-months-old; one brother, Joseph, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Terebayza, 710 Ansborough Avenue, and Mrs. Anastasia Schubich, 2260 Grand Avenue, and his parents, who reside at Hill City.

The body was taken to O'Keefe & Towne Funeral Home, where funeral arrangements are pending.

Gravestone at Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo inscribed:
Frank William Bala
June 12, 1916 - January 11, 1949


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