Lelah Avis Ritz, 83, died Saturday night, Feb. 1, 2014, of congestive heart failure and leukemia.
She was the first child born to the late William and Amanda Bell on Feb. 23, 1930, at Dunn Center, N.D. She was raised on a farm and graduated from Dunn Center High School where she played on the girls basketball team.
She went to Mankato Commercial College, then worked for the Dakota National Bank for five years. In 1952 she married Ted Ritz. After five years they moved to Billings.
Mr. Ritz had his own business selling cleaning supplies, and he ran a car wash and sold tires. Mrs. Ritz kept the books and tended the household while he was away on his weekly routes.
Mrs. Ritz made quilts and was a member of the Catholic Daughters and Holy Rosary Church. She donated much of her spare time to working at the Saint Vincent DePaul Society writing checks and the bulletin and keeping books in order. In later years, she kept the books for her son David and his Little Job Guy business.
Survivors include two sisters, Doris Henderson and Norene Gunwall, both of Killdeer, N.D.; a brother, Leo Bell of Killdeer; five children, Janice Coffman, Corrine Kelly, David Ritz, Don Ritz and Randy Ritz; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Feb. 5 and will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, with a Vigil at Dahl Funeral Chapel at 6 p.m. Thursday. Services will be at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Feb. 14 with interment to follow.
Donations can be made to RiverStone Health Hospice or St. Vincent DePaul.