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Florentine Belz

Florentine Emily Belz of Loveland, Colorado, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, October 4, 2013. She is now living in her heavenly home with her Lord and Savior. Florentine was born on December 20, 1925, and was the eldest child of Emil and Cora Schoen. She was baptized on January 8, 1926, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Oxford, Nebraska, and was most recently a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado. Florentine married Walter T. Belz on April 30, 1948, at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Saint Luke in Chicago, Illinois. Together, they had four children and the family lived in Chicago, Illinois; Holdrege, Nebraska; and Loveland, Colorado. Flo was raised on the family farm in Oxford, Nebraska. She attended elementary school at Pleasant Hill District 33 where her parents also attended, and graduated from Oxford High School. Her first career was as a teacher in a one-room country school. At the age of 19 in August 1945, she received a Railroad Communications Diploma from the Electronic Radio-Television Institute in Omaha, NE. As a teletype operator, her nine-year career with the Santa Fe Railroad ultimately led her to Chicago, Illinois, where she met her husband Walt. Flo and Walt built their first home in Markham, Chicago, and this is where they began their family. On their first vacation to Colorado and while driving up the Big Thompson Canyon, they committed to moving to Colorado and dreamed of building a cabin on a mountain stream. After moving to Loveland in 1956, their family grew. During this time, Flo enjoyed being a homemaker and involvement with her church. She was a den mother and also participated in many scouting camping trips alongside Walt as Scout Master. Together, Walt and Flo built two additional homes in Loveland and also their dream cabin alongside the Miller Fork Stream near Glen Haven. Flo was one of the first women in Loveland, Colorado to earn a real estate broker's license. As a realtor, she most enjoyed helping others find their own mountain property. She also held offices for many years for both the Retreat Landowners' Association and the Loveland Mountain Hiking Club. Following her husband's death in 1980, Flo enjoyed new hobbies and interests which included traveling with friends and family, genealogy, hiking, attending concerts and high school reunions, volunteering for the National Forest Service, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She especially loved Christmas and holiday celebrations. Flo's family and friends will remember her most for her perseverance, honesty, kindness, unselfishness, witty sense of humor, and especially her steadfast Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Walt, and her sisters Shirley Schroder and Corrine Schescke. She is survived by her brothers Arnold (Sadie) Schoen and Kenneth (Darlene) Schoen, all of Oxford; brothers-in-law Dale Schroder and Bill Schescke and many nephews and nieces. Flo's four surviving children and their spouses include: Robert (Cheryl) Belz of Loveland, Diane (Dudley) Biddle of Niwot, CO, Steven (Elizabeth) Belz of Northglenn, CO, and Sonja (Christopher) Rosenberger of Loveland; her nine grandchildren include: Spencer (Anne), David, Haley, and Hannah Biddle; Hayden and Stephanie Belz; Jenessa, Sarah, and Riley Rosenberger. Flo's family would like to also acknowledge with gratitude the staff and residents of The Hillcrest of Loveland where she lived her last year for their care and friendship. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colorado. Visitation will take place from 3-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home. The family will greet friends from 5-6:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Loveland Burial Park. Memorial gifts may be made to the Florentine Belz Memorial, in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, and may be designated for either Mt. Olive Lutheran Church or the Glen Haven Fire Dept. Flood Recovery Fund.


Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Oct. 8, 2013
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