Bob Bella Passes Away

31 Oct

Robert J BellaRobert J. Bella, longtime Blue Lake area resident, passed away on Friday, October 23rd, at the age of 67, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.  Funeral services were held on Friday, October 30th at All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin, Wisconsin.  Several years ago, Bob retired as the controller of West Bend Company and spent his retirement enjoying life in the Northwoods with his wife Bev, spending time with his children and grandchildren in southern Wisconsin and wintering in Arizona.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and neighbors around the Blue Lake area.

Below is Bob’s obituary, as published in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Bella, Robert Joseph Age 67, of Minoqua formerly of West Bend and Berlin, WI, died peacefully on Friday evening, October 23, 2009, after a brief battle with cancer. Bob was the former controller of the West Bend Company. Survivors include his beloved wife, Beverly (nee Jager) of Minocqua, son Bradley of Oconomowoc, and daughter Breanne (Martin) Tirado of Fox Point. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law Louise Wilke and Ardin Jager, step-father-in-law Edward Wilke, and granddaughter Courtney Bella. Memorials are appreciated and can be made to either the Courtney Bella Foundation and/or to Pancreatic Cancer Research and directed to Beverly Bella, 7777 Blue Lake Point Road, Minocqua, WI 54548. Funeral services with the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 10:30 AM, at the All Saints Catholic Church of Berlin. Relatives and friends may call at the Wiecki-Skipchak Funeral Home of downtown Berlin on Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 4 to 8PM, and also at the Funeral Home on Friday from 9 to 10 AM, before we leave for the services at the church. WIECKI-SKIPCHAK FUNERAL HOME 116 S. ADAMS AVE. DOWNTOWN, BERLIN, WI. 54923 920-361-2050 Condolences can be sent to wieckiskipchakfuneralhome@ centurytel.net

As published in The Lakeland Times:

Robert Joseph Bella, 67, of Minocqua, formerly of Berlin, died peacefully Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff after a brief battle with cancer. Funeral services with the Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Friday, Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m., at the All Saints Catholic Church of Berlin.

The Rev. Jerome Maksvytis will officiate.

Burial will be in the Saint Stanislaus Cemetery of Berlin at a later date.

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