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Pat H. Foley & Company

1200 West 34th Street, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

William E. Bielenda

22 June, 19302 January, 2020

William E. Bielenda, 89 passed to his eternal rest January 2nd, 2020. He was born June 22, 1930 in Jersey City NJ, the son of Stanley and Sophie (Nowinski) Bielenda. Bill graduated from Bayonne High School and received a degree in accounting from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City NJ.

From 1947 to 1949 Bill served as a Merchant Marine with the ESSO Shipping Company. He then joined the United States Marine Corps where he served bravely during the Korean Conflict. After his release from active duty as a Sargent, Bill rejoined the Standard Oil Company (now ExxonMobil) serving for 35 years in various leadership roles in New York and New Jersey. In 1972, he was transferred to Houston Texas which he called home his last years with Exxon and then in retirement.

Bill was a member of St. Mathews the Evangelist Catholic Church where he was a member of the Men’s Club and a Knight of St. Gregory. He was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for Troop 25 in Bayonne, New Jersey and Scout Leader for Troop 28 in Houston, Texas and eventually served as a BSA district Round Table Commissioner. He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver and St. George Awards. Bill was active with the VFW and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Bill was preceded in death by his father Stanley and mother Sophie, and two brothers Francis and Robert. Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bill leaves behind his dear wife of 62 years Rose. Surviving in addition to his wife are sons Bob Bielenda and his wife Lana of Onsted, Michigan, Bill Bielenda Jr. and his wife Shelley of Gulf Breeze Florida, and daughter Valerie Sargent and her husband John of Houston Texas. Bill has five grandchildren; Will and James Bielenda of Gulf Breeze, Florida, Aleksandr Bielenda of Onsted, Michigan and Broderick and Kindra Dorsett of Albion Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital which was one of Bill’s favorite charities.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 6 January , 2020
  • Recitation of Rosary Monday, 6 January , 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, 7 January , 2020
  • Rite of Committal Tuesday, 7 January , 2020

Memories

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Joan Smits

6 January 2020

Bill introduced me to my husband, Ed at a THANKSGIVING dance waaaay back!!! (both Bill & Ed were in the Marines at that time). Well a wedding followed waaaay back!!! Bill was a groomsman at the wedding and waaay back was a wonderful and giving godfather to daughter, Diane; Bill presented his goddaughter with the most beautiful basset net ever; made by
his mother (used for two children yet to come). Life took us in different directions, but Bill was the first to show up when Ed passed away; caring, thoughtful and kind. My final face to face meeting with Bill was in Katy, Texas!!! My daughter, Bill’s goddaughter Diane had relocated to Katy, I was visiting & a get together was arranged. The story
ends w/a phone call to Bill a few days before he passed away-recalling the “good old days”!!
Say hello to Ed; he’s been watching from above and now you
join him-RIP BILL
Love & 🙏🙏 to Rose & family at
this difficult time

Mike Guy

5 January 2020

I love the picture of the group following a goose hunt on the Katy Prarie. Bill is standing next to my dad with Hal Becker, Gene Christiansen and his son. Those are great memories Hal. Thanks for sharing.....

Virginia Neiser

4 January 2020

My memories began at St. Matthew’s where Bill was very involved in the Men’s Club, the Scouts, the Social Concerns ministry, etc. Every week he would pick up various food products and deliver them to the food pantry.
He loved to cook and help with fund raisers especially the festival. He could always find the best bargains for items needed around the parish and then would donate them.
Good memories of a very generous and kind man.

Joni Weir

3 January 2020

63 years ago, Thanksgiving weekend.

Joni Weir

3 January 2020

Joni Weir

3 January 2020

We were neighbors of Rose and Bill for over 30 years. We love this couple and are not sure what we will do without him. We have so many memories that I wouldn't know where to begin. He was a man of great stature, everyone knew him, and was loved by all. The doctors office visits where he always took chocolate, Claude Pharmacy where he mailed all of his packages, Walgreen's pharmacy, FoodaRama, Aldi,..... all of these people will remember him for his boistrous friendliness, but most of all, the chocolate that he handed out freely at every visit.

How will we fill our time now that he is gone. He will be missed by all.

Hal Becker

3 January 2020

Bill was one of a kind. A family man, great neighbor and true friend, a patriot who served our country, a generous person. We shared many great times with him both as a neighbor and as a hunting buddy. He lived a good life. One to be proud of. RIP dear friend.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY