|Birth: ||May 4, 1864|
Saint Petersburg, Russia
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1922|
Anna was the oldest of three children born to Justus J. Blumenkranzand his wife Eva (Pick). Justus was a missionary.
Born Jewish, Justus married young to a Jewish woman, who made his life unbearable. She was jealous of his books and life. He converted to Presbytarianism after her death and took his 3 children (Anna, Elizabeth and Emil) to Constantinople as a missionary among Jews in about 1875. He supposedly changed his name to Blumenkranz at this time, and swore his three children to secrecy regarding the original name. In Constantinople, he tutored Martin Reichman, a younger half brother to his second wife Helena. This was how they met. He married Helena and she lost a child in her first pregnancy. She was sent to New York for medical attention and he followed her later, settling in Maryland. It was here that he became a Lutheran minister. They moved to Leval, WI where he was minister of a small church for 12 years. They moved back to Lanham, MD for the rest of their lives.
Married in Constantinople shortly after her father's marriage to Helene, Anna was in nursing school in Smyrna. Her husband Lazarus Schwerdfinger was Jewish and converted to Christianity.
Anna came to America in 1888 and ended up in Jackson, Jackson County, MI. Her husband Lazar was a bookbinder. After their divorce, Anna moved with her 2 daughters, Mim and Justine, to Appleton where she married Fred Belling, a two-time widower with 8 children of his own.
Anna was a school teacher and specialized in languages. With her father being a missionary, she traveled all over the world at a young age. Whenever foreign dignitaries visited Appleton, Anna was called upon to translate at various functions. Her sister Betty was a translator at the United Nations in New York while her brother Emil was a druggist in Massachussets.
After Fred's death in 1910, Anna raised the remaining Belling brood on her own and kept up the family business; The Belling Tea & Spice Co..
She died in 1922 at the age of 58 when her youngest, Anita, was only 19. She was buried in the family plot and rests beside Fred, his other 2 wives, and Anna's 2 babies that died as infants.
Appleton Post-Crescent, 23 February 1922:
The funeral of Mrs. Anna Belling will be held from her home at 1214 Lawrence st. at 1:30 Saturday afternoon and at 2 o'clock from St. Paul Lutheran church. Services will be conducted by the Rev. T.J. Sauer.
Justus J. Blumenkranz (1844 - 1917)
Johann Friedrich Ferdinand Belling (1858 - 1910)*
Wilhelmine Elizabeth Schwerdfinger Waters (1888 - 1974)*
Henry William Theodore Belling (1896 - 1955)*
Theodore Herman Rudolph Belling (1899 - 1968)*
Baby Girl Belling (1901 - 1901)*
Anita Ottilie Mary Belling Lauferski (1903 - 1999)*
Mildred Amelia Belling (1906 - 1907)*
Annette Anna Blumenkranz Belling (1864 - 1922)
Elizabeth Blumenkranz (1868 - 1954)*
Emil Simon Blumenkranz (1870 - 1949)*
Infant Blumenkranz (1882 - 1882)*
Walter Martin Blumenkranz (1887 - 1955)*
Agnes Henriette Blumenkranz (1888 - 1959)*
Lydia Marie Blumenkranz Guinnip (1890 - 1967)*
Helena Blumenkranz O'Connor (1892 - 1930)*
Theodore William Blumenkranz Barton (1893 - 1976)*
Emma M. Blumenkranz Levison (1897 - 1980)*
Elsa Thekla Blumenkranz Boyes (1899 - 1923)*
Richard C. Blumenkranz (1901 - 1921)*
Justice Stephen Blumenkranz Barton (1902 - 1973)*
Created by: Gervaise Dynes-Wolak
Record added: Oct 01, 2009
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