Frank David Bellovary
Sept. 12, 1947 — Jan. 18, 2016
Frank David Bellovary, 68, of Waukesha, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016, at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care in Waukesha. He was born on September 12, 1947, in Racine, the son of Frank Francis Bellovary and Flora (Rago) Bellovary.
Frank graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1965. He went on to MATC and graduated from barber’s school. He was a barber at Porcaro’s Barber Shop into his mid-20s and kept his master’s barbers license until his death. He left barbering to join his uncle, Al Rago, in the wine and spirits business in 1973. During this time he also attended WCTC for marketing credits. He lived in Racine until 1978 and then moved to Waukesha. Frank worked for a number of distributors and retired in 2006 from Schieffelin & Somerset Company, New York. He was a regional and state manager and won many sales awards throughout his career. Frank was able to travel the country and Europe for his job. He became a wine and spirits aficionado. Frank enjoyed his work, travels and all the people he met during this time.
Frank was a longtime member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Waukesha. He was one of the earliest members of the parish. He was a longtime member of Roma Lodge in Racine, St. Lucy’s Church in Racine, Wern Valley Sportsmen’s Club, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited. He loved hunting and fishing with his sons, especially at his best friend’s, Peter Walls’, northwoods house in Conover. Frank grew up hunting and fishing with his dad, uncles and cousins. He was an avid collector of antiques and other collectibles. His favorite collections were his antique blow torches and guns. Frank supported his sons in their numerous sports and school activities through the years. He did the same for his five cherished grandchildren in recent years.
Frank will be missed by his sons Tony (Hollie) Bellovary of Green Bay and Nick (Angela) Bellovary of Waukesha; grandchildren Amanda and Sawyer Bellovary of Green Bay and Ava, Eliza, and Isla Bellovary of Waukesha; his loving mother, Flora Bellovary of Racine; sister Joyce Schenkenberg of DeForest; sister Dorothy (Bill) Bushell of Racine; Cathy Bellovary of Waukesha, Florence Melster of Waukesha, Mary Kay and John Melster of Waukesha; and nieces, nephews, best friends Peter Walls of Conover and Bob Caston of Fitchburg, and many other relatives and friends.
Frank was predeceased by an infant son, Robert; loving father, Frank Bellovary; and many other special relatives.
The visitation for Frank will be held at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Racine, on Saturday, January 23, from 9-11 with Mass and service to follow. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Racine. Frank will be interred in a companion crypt with his infant son Robert near his father, Frank.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care – Inpatient Center at Merrill Hills, 3217 Fiddlers Creek Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188, or a charity of your choice.
Frank’s family would like to give their heart-felt thanks to the ProHealth Care staff, Seasons Hospice and all family and friends who gave their support and loving care to Frank during his journey these last few months.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory of Racine is serving the family. For more information, call 262-552-9000 or visit online at www.draeger-langendorf.com.