Leslie “Pete” Beldo, 90, of Fergus Falls and Battle LakePublished 10:20am Monday, December 3, 2012 Updated 12:24pm Monday, December 3, 2012
He was born Jan. 15, 1922, to Charley and Mary Beldoniemi, in Sebeka, the youngest of 12 children. Pete attended the local school from grades K-12. It was during his high school years, that he met his beautiful bride-to-be, Bettie.
On Sept. 14, 1942, he married Bettie J. Burrows in Minneapolis. Pete served in the U.S. Army, while the family lived in Minneapolis and Wadena until his return in 1945. The couple then made their home in Minneapolis until 1960, while Pete attended University of Minnesota, graduating with multiple degrees and high honors.
The family moved to Illinois in 1960, residing in Libertyville, Ill., with Pete’s business based in Chicago, Ill.
The family maintained ties with their Minnesota roots spending summers at their cabin on East Leaf Lake in Deer Creek, and later, a home on Otter Tail Lake.
After Pete’s retirement in 1993, the family bought their home in Battle Lake where they lived until moving to the PioneerCare Center.
His hobbies included gourmet cooking, ballroom dancing, New York Times Crossword Puzzle, listening to classical music, opera, photography, etymology (he’s worn out two Webster Dictionaries), writing, enjoying long walks at Glendalough, traveling and especially trips to Jamaica.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his siblings, his loving wife, Bettie who passed in 2011; and eldest son, James E. Beldo who died in 2010.
He is survived by a daughter, Leslie Anne, of Illinois, and a son Jaye, of California; three grandchildren, Cassidy Douglas, Christine Gunnip, and Cassandra Hall; three great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Josephine Gunnip and Riddick Douglas; two sister-in-laws, Alice and Rosella; two brother-in-laws, David and Donald; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A private family service and interment is planned at a later date.
Faith and Hope Funeral Home in Fergus Falls is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent online at www.faithhopefh.com