Lucy Ann Brinkman Bellman, age 89, of Cridersville died 1:05 p.m., Thursday Jan. 20 at her residence. She was born July 12, 1921 in Putnam County to Harry Edward and Mary Elizabeth ‘Mayme’ Rose Brinkman. She married James Henry Bellman April 18, 1942 and he preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2007.
Survivors include 4 sons: Chuck (Diane) Bellman of Cridersville, Robert Bellman, Greg (Tamie) Bellman and Phil (Deb) Bellman of Wapakoneta, 7 daughters: Gloria (Bill) Bratton of Ottawa, Martha (John) Anders of Ft. Jennings, Doris (John) Sheipline of Wapak, Sharon Rainey of Shawnee, Theresa (Mike) Herbst of Wapak, Carolyn (Kevin) Holtzapple of Wapak, Mary (Steve) Brown of Cridersville, daughter-in-law Lorretta Bellman of Cridersville, 34 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren, 4 brothers: Tom (Alice) Brinkman, Robert (JoAnne) Brinkman both of Kalida, Jim (Helen) Brinkman of Napoleon and John (Stella) Brinkman of Kalida, 1 sister: Betty Kohlhorst of Lima.
Mrs. Bellman was preceded in death by 2 sons: David Lee Bellman and Dennis Joseph Bellman, a grandson Joseph Lee Bellman, 3 brothers: August, Cornelius and Paul Brinkman, 2 sisters: Alvira Dangler and Philomena Lentz, a son-in-law Terry Rainey, 2 sister-in laws Jenny and Betty Brinkman, and 3 brother-in-laws: Richard Kohlhorst, Marvin Dangler and Jesse Lentz.
Mrs. Bellman had worked at Westinghouse Electric during the war and for Eaton Corporation and later as a home health aid. As the matriarch of both the Brinkman and Bellman families she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great grandmother. Her greatest joy was taking care of her loving family. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren for her famous cinnamon rolls.
One of her favorite prayers was A Mother’s Prayer “They say that Heaven is a place where folks don’t do a thing but walk around on streets of gold and play a harp and sing- but Lord- I’m just a woman and my tastes are plain, you see but I’d like a bit of heaven that is more like home to me! I want a friendly little house with flowers ‘round the door and children running in and out to bake some cinnamon rolls for- So save your streets of gold for those who want those things above- but give me just a little house and lots of folks to love!” Lucy also loved spending time with family at their cabin in Pennsylvania.
The family will receive friends 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. A rosary service will begin at 8:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday January 24 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta with Father Pat Sloneker, officiating.
Private burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Rita’s Hospice or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm