Conrad "Con" Orval Beaulieu
Conrad "Con" Orval Beaulieu, 77, of Bemidji, Minnesota, whose precious and generous heart stopped beating Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at home surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved. He was the beloved husband of Angie (Roerick) Beaulieu for 55 years.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Christine (Fairbanks) Beaulieu, his brothers Everette, Clarence, John, Sydney, Dean, Wayne and Leo Beaulieu, and his sisters Joyce Krmpotich and Helena Giard.
Con was born 10th of 13 children in White Earth, Minnesota. He grew up south of Lengby, MN, attended Mahnomen High School and graduated from Flandreau Indian Vocational School in 1955 where he learned, and began, his trade as a bricklayer. He worked for many contractors and construction companies throughout the United States before settling in Bemidji. In 1975 he became owner and operator of Con's Masonry, Inc. He was proud of the many projects in and around the Bemidji area, including the Beltrami County Complex, Bemidji High School, St. Philips Catholic Church and the Sanford Event Center to name a few. In 2004 he retired from Con's Masonry and traded his trowel and union card for a gold watch. He acquired many dear and life long friends from all walks of life with his warm smile, firm handshake and gift of gab. While keeping busy caring for, driving and showing his beloved horses he was a farmer, deer hunter and lover of life until his passing. He annually participated in the Bemidji Jaycee Water Carnival parade, Buena Vista Logging Days and Beltrami County Fair. Con was also a long time supporter of all youth sports. He was a member of St. Philips Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Go and Whoa Harness Club, Bemidji Eagles and the Bricklayers Union.
Besides his wife Angie, Con is survived by his two daughters Debra (Tom) Garrison of Bemidji, and Lyn (Barry) Bian of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; three sons Jeff Beaulieu, Mark (Mya) Beaulieu, and Tim "Spud" Beaulieu, all of Bemidji; his grandchildren, Michael (Andrea) Rasmussen, Jack Rasmussen, Breanne (Cory) Johnson, Connor Bian, Barrett Bian, McKayla Beaulieu, Brock Beaulieu and Alex Beaulieu; sisters Cecelia Gross, Maxine (Lee) Skunes, and Doris Mae Vleck; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Sanford Home Health and Hospice. Their dedication and effort of quality care provided was heartwarming for him and his family.
We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.
A wake will be held at Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji, Minnesota on Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. followed by a rosary service beginning at 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philips Catholic Church with Father Vincent Miller and Father Jerry Rogers officiating. A second visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery. Olson-Schwarz Funeral Home is caring for the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eagle's Healing Nest, Sauk Center, MN or BHS Con Beaulieu Scholarship Fund.
Online tributes at www.olsonschwartzfuneralhome.com