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Dr. Fredrick Belka Jr.

Dr. Fredrick Belka Jr. Courtesy photo.

Dr. Fredrick Albert Belka Jr.
1937 — 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Fred, Freddie, Dad, Papa, Uncle Fred, or otherwise known as Dr. Fred Belka.

In Lakeport, California, on March 6, 2023, Fred unexpectedly passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85.

Fred was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 12, 1937, to Maria and Fred Belka Sr.

At 17 years old Fred and his family moved to San Jose, California, where he graduated from San Jose High School.

In the early 1960s Fred was drafted into the Service, 101st Airborne Division.

He was married to Jeannette and had two children, Tammy Jane and Richard.

Fred went on to graduate from San Jose State University with a BA in teaching and became a history teacher. He loved to learn and extended his education well into his 70s. He went back to school and earned his Masters and PHD.

In 1967 Fred met his second wife Christina and daughter Nadine. Fred and Christina married and remained in the Bay Area until 1985, spending nine years in El Dorado Hills before retiring in Nice, California.

Fred and Chris lived their best life as socialites and distinguished members of the community. Fred belonged to the Lions Club, the Sons of Italy, the Lakeport Elks, the No Name Car Club and was a vital member of the Lakeport Senior Center.

Fred was always laughing, joking around, and having a good old time. He was known to talk your ear off whether or not you had the time to listen. He was an outdoorsman who loved boating, camping, and fishing.

Everyone knew Fred wherever he went and he left a long and lasting impression. Fred was a guiding light and always knew what to do. His family and friends loved him dearly. He will be missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his sister, Caroline; children, Nadine and Rick Sr.; grandchildren, Christina Marie, Bernadette and Rick Jr.; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Emily, Jessie and Alicia; niece, Monique; great niece, Skyler; great nephews, Daniel and Joel; and fur babies, Pheobalina Foxface and Smokey.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, telephone 707-263-0357.

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