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Alexander Belau Obituary


Alexander Belau, of Wethersfield, beloved husband for 56 years of Christa Belau, passed away on Sunday (August 17, 2014) with his family by his side. He was the son of the late Julius and Emma Belau. Alexander grew up in Germany, where he apprenticed as a master cabinet maker and, after experiencing many terrible hardships during WWII, he emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1956. He spent the rest of his life in Connecticut and resided in Wethersfield since 1963. Upon his arrival from Germany, he worked first for Dettenborn Woodworking Company, then later Dresser Woodworking and was lastly employed at Hartford Builders until his retirement. He was particularly proud of the restoration work he took part in at the Mark Twain House and the Connecticut State Capitol building. He built beautiful cabinets for family and friends and made all of his own furniture for his home. One of the highlights of his career was meeting Norm Abram of This Old House, who complimented him on his amazing work. He had the ability to fix anything and was very modest about his wonderful, artistic talent as a woodworker. He was known by all as a quiet, kind and patient man who was always willing to help out. Alexander loved following the stock market and reading the Wall Street Journal. He also enjoyed traveling; some of his favorite trips included cruises to Alaska and the Panama Canal and numerous vacations to Germany to visit family there. Most recently, he followed the World Cup Soccer championship games and was delighted when Germany won. He was a longtime member of the Hartford Saengerbund. In addition to his loving wife Christa, Alexander will be dearly missed by his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Carol Belau and Michael Kot of Wethersfield; his sister and brother-in-law, Danuta "Donna" and Jakob Turek of Newington; four brothers, Karl Belau, Heinrich Belau and Reimund Belau and wife Gerda, all of Unterluss, Germany and Richard Belau and family of Medicine Hat, Canada, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Sigismund Belau. The family wishes to thank the wonderful, caring staff at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Calling hours are on Saturday (August 23) from 10-11:30 a.m. with a service at 11:30 a.m. at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. Burial will be private. Donations in Alexander's memory may be made to the CT Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd., Newington, CT 06111. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit www.desopo.com.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 20, 2014
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