O’NEILL — Services for Ruby Belzer, 92, O’Neill, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 5 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in O’Neill. Reverend Bernard Starman will officiate. Interment will be in O’Neill Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Biglin Mortuary in O’Neill with a 7 p.m. Parish Rosary.
Ruby Belzer died on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at O’Neill’s Arbor Care Center.
Ruby Myrta Fox was born on January 6, 1930 in Miller to Charles and Elizabeth (Hoppens) Fox. She grew up in and around Emmet. She graduated from Atkinson High School in 1947. She worked alongside her mother, siblings at home to help where needed.
But, if you ask her, she always preferred to work in the hay field with her father and brothers, where she drove the mower. She loved horses, especially Trixie, who was her favorite because he rode the fastest.
On January 2, 1951, she married Francis (Fritz) Belzer, converting to her Catholic faith, and to this union five children were born, including the first set of twins born at the new St. Anthony’s Hospital. After her children started school, she worked as a secretary with many supervisors, her favorite being Orville Nickeson of the Nebraska Public Power District for 25 years.
Ruby led a faith-filled life, proud of her love to lend a helping hand where needed. She was a member of O’Neill St. Patrick’s Church, Catholic Girls, Altar Society, and the Legion of Mary. She instilled this faith and this life of service in her children and grandchildren.
When his wife, Fritz, ran the O’Neill Legion Club and opened the steak house, Ruby was always the one Fritz preferred to host on busy Saturday nights because he knew her smiling face greeting customers was the best start to a night.
Family was Ruby’s number one priority. She made time during her weekends to help her parents, fix her sister, Carol’s, and mother’s hair. Friday nights were for gathering at home, playing cards and making tacos. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, taking them on short road trips, visiting the Royal Zoo and the Ashfalls Fossil Beds, teaching them her little tricks when she cooked. She always made sure to have a fresh batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies waiting for you when you come to visit. She enjoyed visiting the residents of the nursing home and usually had a few grandchildren with her, knowing the residents would appreciate them.
After her husband, Fritz, passed away in 1997, her son, Robert, became her companion and caretaker until she moved to Evergreen Assisted Living in 2019.
Ruby is survived by her five children, Jim Belzer of O’Neill, Greg (Polly Collins) Belzer of O’Neill, Robert Belzer of O’Neill and Gary (Jill Waters) Belzer of Lincoln; one daughter, JaNel (Bruce) Morrow of Omaha; 12 grandchildren, Kristi (Chad) Gideon, Leslie Smith, Brittany (Nick) Hoffman, Lacey (Aaron) Gottula, Cody Belzer, Gretchen Belzer, Katy (Don) Doty, Stefanie (Enio) Hernandez, Makayla (Taylor) Oltjenbruns, Megan (Andrew) Rudd, Grant (Kayla Elaine) Belzer and Bayley (Ryan) Pinney; 24 great-grandchildren, (Kristi) Cody, Gracee and Grayson, (Leslie) Hayley and Carly Jo (Lacey) Ellie and Reid, (Gretchen) Brianna, Mason and Kiptyn, (Katy) Christopher and Audrianna, (Stefanie) Izabel Ruby, (Makayla) Makenna, Brooklee and Kaia, (Megan) Wells, (Grant) Alyssa, Peyton, Emilia, Areigh and Freya, (Bayley) Brody and Gianna; one sister, Opal Bosn of O’Neill; three brothers, Larry (Hilda) Fox of Atkinson, Gordon Fox and fiancé, Vivian Van Buren of O’Neill, Raymond (Georgia) Fox of Bella Vista, Ark.; four sisters-in-law, Patty Fox of San Clemente, Calif., Evelyn Fox of Atkinson, Lois Fox of Omaha, Mary Burvial of O’Neill; brother-in-law Bill Kelly of O’Neill; and several nieces and nephews whom she loved as if they were her own.
She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Fox; six brothers, Leonard Fox, Gilbert (Doris) Fox, Wayne (Lou) Fox, Chuck Fox, Bob (Kathy) Fox and Lyle Fox; three sisters, Esther (George) Brainard, Marie Kelly and Carol Fox; and a brother-in-law, George Bosn.
Ruby’s family would like to thank Valerie Dempster and the rest of the Evergreen staff for the excellent care and attention given to our mother.
The pallbearers are Roy Fox, Kurt Fox, John Kelly, Charlie Bosn, Tony Bosn and Tom Bosn. The honorary bearer is Mitch Bosn. Memorials can be sent to the family for future designation.