March 5, 1943 – June 20, 2016


Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Rockville, MN for Barbara Belka, age 73, who died Monday at Hennepin Country Medical Center. Burial will be in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the church vestibule.

Barbara Belka was born March 5, 1943 in St. Paul, MN to James and Lucy (Weatherstone) Belka. She was graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1961. She worked as a clerk/typist for the St. Paul Health Department and the Veteran’s Medical Hospital where she worked until 1993. At that time she began volunteering at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Rockville, MN where she taught the youngsters of the parish. Barb played piano and ukulele and loved to play for sing-alongs. She enjoyed reading, watching old TV shows and playing scrabble. Barb was a good bowler and went to many national tournaments during her bowling years. During the last twelve years Barb was a Personal Care Attendant for her nephew Tom Belka, who has Down syndrome. She is survived by her brother Jim Belka and his wife Nancy Schamber along with their children, Tom and Jenny Belka and many cousins. Not to be forgotten is Barb’s beloved cat, Angel. Memorials are preferred to the Down Syndrome Association of MN or donor’s choice.