Helen Anna Belka

29 November 1921–2 July 2009 (Age 87)
Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Helen Anna

When Helen Anna Belka was born on 29 November 1921, in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States, her father, Michael Belka, was 48 and her mother, Annie Jezewski, was 43. She married Carl Joseph Boedigheimer on 27 November 1940. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. She lived in Pine Lake Township, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States for about 10 years. She died on 2 July 2009, in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States.

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Carl Joseph Boedigheimer
Helen Anna Belka
Marriage: 27 November 1940
Thomas Jerome Boedigheimer
Marc Carl Boedigheimer
Stephen Francis Boedigheimer
Lawrence Carl Boedigheimer

Spouse and Children

27 November 1940


    Thomas Jerome Boedigheimer


    Marc Carl Boedigheimer


    Stephen Francis Boedigheimer


    Lawrence Carl Boedigheimer


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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 10

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 23

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

1 Polish: nickname for a tall, upright man, from belka ‘beam’, ‘timber’.2 Czech (Bělka) and Slovak (also Bielka): from a pet form of the female personal name Běla meaning ‘white’, or, in some cases, possibly a nickname from bělka ‘squirrel’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): from a pet form of the Yiddish female personal name Beyle meaning ‘beautiful’ (related to French belle).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Helen Belka in household of Michael Belka, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Helen Belka in household of Mike Belka, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Helen Belka Boedigheimer in entry for Stephen Francis Boedigheimer, "Minnesota, Obituaries 1865-2006"

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