Velma Fern Ritz, 94, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Edgewood Vista in
Grand Island. Graveside services were Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at
Douglas Grove Cemetery, west of Comstock. Dan Naranjo officiated. At
Velma's request there was no public visitation. All Faiths Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
Velma was born Oct. 1, 1919, in Comstock, the daughter of Hazel
(Hoffman) and Ernie Saunders. Velma attended school in Comstock and Arcadia and graduated in 1936 from Arcadia High School. She attended Kearney College and received a Normal Training Certificate for teaching and taught in rural schools for several years.
Velma and Louis Ritz were married March 11, 1943, in Broken Bow. Three children were born; Kay, Chuck and Cindy.
After her marriage to Louis they farmed in the Arcadia area and later moved into Arcadia where they had their own business. In 1954, they purchased a farm south of Comstock.
Velma enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren events, flowers and gardening always canning a lot of produce. Favorite pastimes included making afghans and cross stitching for family and friends and playing pitch. She always had a good time at the Comstock Den visiting with friends.
Louis died Sept. 2, 1984. In 1990, Velma sold the farm and moved into Comstock. There she had a big garden and yard which brought her a lot of pleasure. She had been a member of the Comstock Legion Auxiliary since 1972.
In 2010, she moved to Edgewood Vista in Grand Island where she spent the remainder of her life. The family would like to acknowledge the excellent care given to her while living there.
Velma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Virginia Elliot and Lydia Owens.
Those left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Kay (Dean) Schuchman, and Cindy (John) Ogle of Grand Island; a son, Louis C. (Cynthia) Ritz ofComstock; grandsons, Colby and Justin Ritz of Comstock; a niece, Karen Elliott of Sidney; nephews, Robert Owens of O'Neill and Michael Owens of Aurora.
Memorials may be made to the Comstock Senior Center, Comstock Rural Fire Department, or the Comstock American Legion Auxiliary Unit 220. Condolences may be sent to www.giallfaiths.com 
Published in Custer County Chief, Feb. 27, 2014