Ruth M. Owens Walz
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Ruth Margaret Owens Walz, age 100 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington.

Visitation will be on Friday from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Saturday at church one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the Holy Trinity Church.

Pallbearers will be: Chris Walz, John Walz, Scott Dickinson, Chad Dickinson, Patrick Walz, and Rick Moses.

Ruth was born on August 16, 1913 in Pierce County, Nebraska to John and Hattie (Huwaldt) Volk. She grew up on a farm near McLean, Nebraska and graduated from Randolph High School in 1930. She received her teaching certificate from Wayne State Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska and then taught in a one room school house in Pierce County near McLean. She would ride her horse to school and when it was stormy, her dad would take her to school in the horse drawn sleigh. On the way home, she would drive the sleigh through the pastures while her dad hunted pheasants. Ruth graduated from the Reynolds-Russell School of Cosmetology in Norfolk, Nebraska in 1936. On December 26, 1938 she married J. Edmund Walz in Norfolk. They moved to Hartington in 1941 where they raised their family and Ruth worked for various businesses in Hartington. Ed died on October 28, 1976 at the age of 62. Ruth married Bob Owens on April 3, 1990 in Sun City, AZ. Bob died on March 1, 1996 at the age of 92. Ruth moved to the Golden Living Community in 2008 and Golden Living Center in October of 2013.

Ruth was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the parish Guild, Christian Mothers, Ministry of Praise; and a 50 year member and former Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a former board member of the Hartington Senior Citizen Center. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the New York Yankees, Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Washington Redskins. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sports activities and was awarded the very first Fan of the Year Award at Hartington Public School. Ruth loved to golf, bowl, play cards and board games, and spend time with her family.

Ruth is survived by 4 children and their spouses, Jay and Ann Walz of Sun City, Arizona; Larry and Margaret Walz of Darnestown, Maryland; Charles and Linda Walz of Omaha; Janice and Fred Dickinson of Shelton, Washington; 11 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step mother Lizzie Volk; both of her husbands; and 2 brothers and their spouses; Ray and Dorie Volk and Roy and Bette Volk.

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To all the family of Ruth Walz,

My sympathies and prayers to you all in your loss. Memories and thoughts of you all remind me of a great life in Hartington. Ruth left a legacy of a great family.

David Levorson

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Walz family. What a lovely lady--and such an inspiration to all. Our prayers are that you find peace in the wonderful life she led and that she is with her Lord now.

God Bless all of you.

Dave and Renae Zimmer and family

My sympathy to all of you. I always enjoyed seeing & chatting with Ruth when I visited my mom these past few years. My kids grew fond of her as well. She always had a smile to offer and was never far from any kind of reading material, be it a book, newspaper or something on her Kindle. She really thought that reading device was something else! I know she enjoyed playing Scrabble especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am so glad our paths crossed again since all those HHS game days. We watched one time with her for a bit the NE volleyball girls play on TV. She was grinning the whole time. You could tell she enjoyed a good game of sports! I know she was very proud of her family! She is an iconic figure in Hartington that is for sure. May you take comfort knowing we are praying for you all in this time of sadness. I know even though she was 100 years old she will be greatly missed because of who she was.. an amazing and wonderful person!

Peace and God Bless. Carla and family

Ruth was a wonderful lady who was loved and admired by everyone who knew her. She left a great legacy will certainly be missed. Our sympathies and thoughts are with the Walz family at this difficult time.

Jim Buchanan

Our sympathies to the family on the loss of a truly gentle and sweet lady. It was truly amazing to see her several years ago at a fish fry--still spry at that time. She certainly had a full life!

Norm and Jan Custer

Our sympathy for the loss of your mother! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken & Mary Thunker

I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.

Scott Smith

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