OBITUARY

Martha "Marty" Belza

March 26, 1936November 23, 2019
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Martha “Marty” Belza, 83, of Louisville entered eternal life on Saturday November 23, 2019. Marty was born March 26, 1936 in Elmhurst, Illinois. She attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois. She met her husband Jerry in 1952. They spent the last year of Jerry’s military career in Newfoundland, Canada before settling in Lombard. She and Jerry moved to Louisville in 1968, where they have remained since. In addition to her remarkable talents as wife, homemaker, baseball and band mom, she worked as a bridal manager at Bittner’s until her retirement in 1992. She has always been very involved in Bible classes and volunteer work at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Marty is preceded in death by parents Hugo and Hilda Schumacher. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Jerome “Jerry” Belza, their children, Dr. Jim Belza (Karyl), John Belza (Debbie), Dr. Rob Belza (Mary Beth) and Kathy Lewis (Dave). Marty is also survived by her grandchildren, Sam, Ruthie, Mike (Stephanie), Tom (Leigh), Max (Hanna), Leah, Joey (Emma) and Danny Belza, and Brett, Jordan (Elizabeth), Peyton and Matthew Lewis; great-granddaughters Brooklyn and Maxie Belza; siblings Les (Jan) Schumacher and Nancy (Art) Gehrs, and sister-in-law Marleen Hunter. A celebration of Marty’s life will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 8305 Nottingham Parkway, Louisville KY 40222 with entombment to follow at Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 3-8 pm on Friday, November 29 at Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 7410 Westport Road. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Celebration of Marty's Life Saturday, November 30, 2019
  • Entombment Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Cathy Schumacher

November 28, 2019

To me Marty was a dear confidant, a woman of deep and abiding faith and the ultimate hostess. I treasure every one of our many visits with her and Uncle Jerry, singing beside them in church and laughing with them so much - that smile that scrunched up her whole face! See you at the Feast of the Lamb, dear Aunty Marty.

Twili and Bob Welty

November 27, 2019

Jerry and family....so very sorry for your loss. Marty was a very sweet lady.

Lois Sell

November 25, 2019

I have known Martha since we were nine years old. She was a beautiful person and a wonderful friend. I will miss her.

Tom and Linda Miller

November 25, 2019

We are sending prayers for you and your family.

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Biography

Martha “Marty” Belza, 83, of Louisville entered eternal life on Saturday November 23, 2019.
Marty was born March 26, 1936 in Elmhurst, Illinois. She attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois. She met her husband Jerry in 1952. They spent the last year of Jerry’s military career in Newfoundland, Canada before settling in Lombard. She and Jerry moved to Louisville in 1968, where they have remained since.
In addition to her remarkable talents as wife, homemaker, baseball and band mom, she worked as a bridal manager at Bittner’s until her retirement in 1992. She has always been very involved in Bible classes and volunteer work at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Marty is preceded in death by parents Hugo and Hilda Schumacher.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years Jerome “Jerry” Belza, their children, Dr. Jim Belza (Karyl), John Belza (Debbie), Dr. Rob Belza (Mary Beth) and Kathy Lewis (Dave). Marty is also survived by her grandchildren, Sam, Ruthie, Mike (Stephanie), Tom (Leigh), Max (Hanna), Leah, Joey (Emma) and Danny Belza, and Brett, Jordan (Elizabeth), Peyton and Matthew Lewis; great-granddaughters Brooklyn and Maxie Belza; siblings Les (Jan) Schumacher and Nancy (Art) Gehrs, and sister-in-law Marleen Hunter.
A celebration of Marty’s life will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 8305 Nottingham Parkway, Louisville KY 40222 with entombment to follow at Louisville Memorial Gardens East. Guests are invited to attend a visitation from 3-8 pm on Friday, November 29 at Arch L. Heady and Son at Westport Village, 4400 Westport Road.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.