John W. Belda, age 79, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at his home in Sun Prairie. John was born on Aug. 27, 1939 in Madison and was the son of Edmund and Berniece (Runde) Belda. He married Joan Millea on June 6, 1964 at St. Cecelias Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska in a double wedding with Joan’s sister Geri Zilm. John served in the Army Reserves. He worked alongside his father and sister at Belda Real Estate and Insurance. John was a devoted husband to Joan for over 53 years of marriage, and proud father of six children and grandfather of nine children.
He is survived by his wife Joan; six children, Thomas (Susie), Geri (James) Cheevers, Ellen (Lee) Prosch, Benjamin (Louise), Sara (Derek) Mackey and Rita Belda; nine grandchildren, Connor, Molly and Nicholas Belda, Allison and Ryan Cheevers, Emily and Elizabeth Prosch, Alexandra and Simon Belda; two sisters, Mary (Clem) Batz, Beatrice Pronley and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Barbara Young and brothers-in-law William Young and Edward Pronely.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Friday April 5, 2019, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 227 Columbus St., Sun Prairie, Monsignor Duane Moellenberndt will preside. A visitation was held on Thursday April 4, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home, 302 Columbus St. in Sun Prairie where a rosary was held at 7 p.m. A visitation also was held from 11-11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral Home. Burial was held in Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Sacred Hearts School.