Ruth Doris Belsha
1922 - 2020
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Belsha (Nee Abstein), Ruth Doris

Ruth Doris Belsha (nee Abstein), died peacefully on August 1, 2020 of natural causes. Ruth fully lived life for 98 years. She was born 26 January 1922 in St. Louis Missouri. Ruth graduated as a RN from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. She joined the US Army Nursing Corps, as a 2nd Lieutenant serving in WWII. Ruth received the American Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Meritorious Unit Commendation for her service. Ruth married Elmer Belsha Jr. whom she met when Elmer was a wounded soldier and Ruth an orthopedic surgical nurse at the Dibble General Hospital. Ruth continued nursing for over thirty-five years at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis.

Ruth and Elmer raised five boys in Jennings Missouri. She is survived by a large and loving family that will miss their wonderful Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Preceding Ruth in death were her husband, one son Thomas and Peter's first wife, Karen (nee Yust). Her family includes: 1. Dennis (Kris) Belsha have three children, Greg Belsha (Jennifer) their three children: Madeleine, Emilia, and Braeden; Cherlyn McBride (Bill) their two children: Madison and Brooklyn; Meredith Galos (Tim) and their two children: Zoey and Arden. 2. Peter Belsha (Mary Frances Schneider) have four children and step-children, Stephanie Maldonado (Jose) their two children: Emily and Victoria; Jennifer Wallace (Steve) their two children: Ashley and Aiden; Joel Schneider (Megan) their two children: Jackson and Cullen; David Schneider. 3. Thomas Belsha (Robin) have three children: Thomas Belsha (Jerissa) their two children: Emma and Logan; Lt. Col. John Belsha (USMC) (Ginny) their child: Hope; Rebecca Harris (Andrew) their two children: Rowen and Reagan. 4. Robert Belsha and 5. Dr. Craig Belsha (Diane) their two children: Rachel Clark (Matthew) their daughter Caroline ; Megan Belsha.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, Peter William and Rosetta (nee Hunt) Abstein and her three older sisters, Virginia, Mildred, and Edna. Ruth was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church and enthusiastically supported the church's missions and services. Ruth and Elmer were actively involved in their community, Jennings, Missouri and NAMI. Ruth will be missed by the members and staff of Laclede Groves where she resided for over twenty years.

A celebration of Ruth's life will be held at a future date when all can fully participate. Arrangements have been made by Hutchens Mortuary & Cremation Center in Florissant for a family graveside service at New Bethlehem Cemetery. Remembrance donations may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness ( or Zion Lutheran Church (2500 N. 21st, St. Louis MO. 63106).

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Published in Post - Dispatch on Aug. 5, 2020.
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August 6, 2020
I have many fond memories of Mrs. Belsha, through working with her son and through the alumni association at Lutheran School of nursing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.
Johnita Henry
August 6, 2020
I was a young, newly graduated nurse from Lutheran Hospital when I worked with Ruth, who was so nice and helpful to a young grad still learning 'the ropes'. She was a hard worker and so patient; I admired her so much and looked up to her. My condolences to the family.
Laurel Henke
August 6, 2020
My condolences go to Ruth’s family. I knew her while volunteering with the Alumni Association of the Lutheran School of Nursing. She worked with us as long as she was able. For awhile she was a Reporter for our annual alumni Bulletin; she represented her Class of 1943. Grace (Class of 1961)
Grace Poertner
August 6, 2020
I knew About Ruth as I to graduated from Lutheran but had Elmer as a teacher and principal at Jennings. Great people. Sorry for your loss.
Barbara (Siebert) Kollmeyer
August 5, 2020
I worked with Ruth at Lutheran Medical Center. She was a great nurse and a great person as well. Beautiful smile. Heaven has another angel.
Marietta Y. Beck
August 5, 2020
To the Family of Ruth & Elmer:
I did not know your Mother, but did serve in her honor and all soldiers who served previously, and in-so; served together.
In Honor and Praise of Ruth & Elmer for their Service in the US Army. It is with Great acknowledgment that I Honor your parent's service during WWII. May Ruth be buried next to Elmer with Military Honors and Accolades. She distinguished herself as a Mother, Soldier, and Member of the US Army. She also distinguished herself as a citizen of the United States of America.
May Your Mother Rest Peacefully with Your Father and in the Arms of The Lord. With Honors--
Timothy C Hartnett, Maj, MS, USA Rtd
Served In Military Together
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