In Memoriam – Ed Bielo

10993412_1602552169959411_2888414586131009982_nEdward H. Bielo, age 91, of Mars, passed away on Monday evening, February 16, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Wexford with his family at his side. Ed was born to Julius and Martha Bielo on October 9, 1923. The family moved to Duquesne Heights and subsequently purchased the Balfor farm on Beaver St. Ext. in Mars. The family lived in the log cabin located on the property for a brief period of time. The log cabin is acknowledged in the Butler County Courthouse as the oldest structure in the county. Ed donated the cabin to the Mars Historical Society, where he was a long time active member. It was while plowing the fields with the work horses that Ed discovered numerous projectile points left by early American Indians. Later, Ed and his friends used the fields as landing strips for their airplanes. He enjoyed flying and took lessons and flew for a number of years. Ed graduated in the Class of 1941 from Mars High School. He was training at Penn State to become a veterinarian and was a member of the ROTC. During this time, Ed received his notice to serve his country on April 1, 1943. Because of his ROTC training, Ed was put in charge of the men in his train car headed for Camp Edwards, MA. He was assigned positions as anti­aircraft gunner and medic. Ed deployed to Saipan in the South Pacific with the same men with whom he trained. Ed’s stint with the Army was completed on December 7, 1945, but not before returning stateside on the ship­Marine Addis, which weathered a hurricane. The boat was an Italian ship taken during W.W. II. Upon returning to the Pittsburgh area, Ed took a job building bridges for the Turnpike Commission. It was during that time that he met and married his bride of 63+ years, Ruth Raupp. He became the Chief of Police for the town of Mars. He then began a long career as a Supervisor and Parole Officer for the PA Board of Probation and Parole, retiring in 1983. Ed had served as the Mayor of Mars for a year in the 1990’s and had served on the Mars Public Library Board for many years. He was an active member of the Mars Kiwanis Club and was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mars. He also enjoyed working on the family’s Christmas Tree farms. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Raupp Bielo, his children, Fritz (Susan) Bielo of Mars and Martha (Chuck) Davis of St. Louis, MO, his grandchildren, Elizabeth (Michael) Lewis, and Sam Trocano and Tess Bielo, and his great granddaughter, Nora Lewis, and his nieces Barbara and Karen and nephews, ED, L.J., Fred and Eddie. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Gertude Krause, Irmgard Johnson and Frederick Bielo. Among his many accomplishments, above all he loved his family and the quality times they spent together. He would do anything for his family. Friends will be received at the McDonald­Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Friday from 2­4 & 7­9 PM. Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church, 420 Beaver St. Mars, PA 16046, with Rev. Paul Lubold, officiating. Please meet at the church. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery in North Park. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3500 Brooktree Rd. Wexford, PA 15090. Directions and condolences are available at http://www.mcdonald­aeberli.com.


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