Thursday, March 04, 2004

Obituary: Stephen William Beld - Class of 1939

MADISON - Stephen William Beld, age 82, died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 2, 2004. A lifetime resident of Madison, he was born on July 18, 1921. He and his wife, Angeline Parisi, enjoyed 55 years of marriage together. Steve grew up on the south side and graduated from Central High in 1939. During high school he was a paperboy and then worked at Rennebohm's on the Square. Steve was a member of the 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division-Company G during World War II from 1940 through 1945. He served in the Paupuan, southern Philippines, Luzon, and New Guinea campaigns, receiving the Presidential Unit Citation Badge. Following his discharge, he was employed at the University of Wisconsin as an electrician until 1977. Steve enjoyed reading, music, and spending time with family, neighbors, and friends. He and his family regularly made trips to northern Wisconsin and around the United States and Canada. In his free time, Steve spent many hours in his basement workshop and dabbled with oil painting, gardening, golf, and many other hobbies. He was proud to help assemble the large tile mural of Christ's life at Midvale Lutheran Community Church. He lived his life with dignity, courage, and good humor. Surviving Steve are his wife, Angie; daughters, Susan and Joan (Jon Curti); grandchildren, Jennifer, Julie and Peter; sister, Anna Haessig (Robert); brother, Bill (Alyce); and many nieces and nephews. His parents; sister, Grace Faust; and brothers, Ambrose, Joe, Fritz, and George, are in Heaven to welcome him. The family will greet friends at the RESURRECTION CHAPEL AT OAKWOOD LUTHERAN HOMES, 6201 Mineral Point Road, from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bruce Loewenhagen officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Oakwood Foundation Endowment Fund. Steve will always remain in our hearts as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 4, 2004

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