V. Jane Belitz


September 6, 1940 - December 13, 2020


Jane Belitz, 80, of Mitchell, SD, died Sunday, December 13, 2020 at Avantara Armour Nursing Home. A private immediate-family-only service will be held in Armour, SD. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Armour. A Celebration of Life for Jane is planned for next spring/summer to allow for Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Verla Jane Belitz was born September 6, 1940, to James Vernon and Mildred Jane (Florey) Catherman in the Armour Hospital, one of four siblings including Marlene, Donna, and Darrell. The family was raised on a farm located between Armour and Corsica, where the children attended Douglas County Rural School and Armour High School. Their father died suddenly in 1957 leaving their mother, Mildred, to continue raising the family and providing for them. Jane finished out her senior year in 1958 reigning as Homecoming Queen and, in her own words, said she had fun and raised a "little hell."

On August 9, 1959, Jane was united in marriage to William H. Belitz at the Congregational Church in Armour. Bill was a middle school teacher and coach all his life, moving his family from Bonesteel to Gregory and then to their final destination, Mitchell. Jane cared for her two children, Debra and Jim, and owned and managed the Silver Star Motel from 1978 until 1983 with Bill, as he continued to teach. After selling the motel, Jane worked at Kmart under the supervision of store manager, Mr. Whiteside, whom she liked and respected. She loved clothes and decorating her home which was apparent to all who knew her.

Jane and Bill had recently moved to Edgewood Memory Care. Both were diagnosed with Covid-19 in November which culminated in a move to the Armour nursing facility.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; children, Deb (Reg) Young and Jim (Nancy) Belitz; grandchildren, Brooke Belitz, Amanda and Mike Shelske, Alexander Young, and Mele Ann Rae-Bruhjell; great­grandchildren, Adam, Kai, Koa, and Xander; and her sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Darrell.

Condolence cards and letters, along with well wishes for Bill's speedy recovery, would be appreciated. Please send to Bill Belitz, c/o Deb Young, 813 West Ash Ave, Mitchell, SD, 57301. 



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Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
Armour, SD

Posted by Sue olson on January 4, 2021
I remember the two of u walking and I also Jane shopping and bill patiently waiting. My thoughts to the family and prayers for bill
Posted by Barb Dulaney on December 17, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I work with Jane at K mart had alot of with her take care May God bless you all
Posted by Mark Sieler on December 17, 2020
Sorry for your loss Deb and Jim. Your mom was a Great person. Always looking out for us at swim meets when she came with your dad. Well say a pray for your Dads speedy recovery.
Posted by Betty Sieler on December 17, 2020
Jane is one of my favorite people, she will be missed and i pray for

Jane is one of my favorite people and she will be missed. Praying for Bill recovery
Posted by Sandra VandenBerge on December 16, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I pray for a speedy recovery for Bill. I enjoy ed working with Jane at Kmart she was always full of smiles. Prayers to the family.
Posted by Jeannie Kubik on December 16, 2020
I am so sorry to hear if Jane passing! I was just thinking about her a d Bill that I hadn't seen them out a d about! I worked with her at Kmart ! Sending hugs and prayers to the family! Praying also for speedy recovery for Bill
Posted by Muriel "Winthers" Roth on December 16, 2020
Jane was one of my very favorite people in this world. We never spent any time together where laughter was not present. The world is less shiny and bright and our loss is heaven's gain. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that Bill is on the mend.
Posted by Kolleen moran on December 16, 2020
My condolences and prayers for Bill and family at the last of Jane. I worked with her at Kmart and always enjoyed her have fun attitude😄 I also pray for Bill’s recovery God bless you all
Posted by harlan hartman on December 16, 2020
bill & family so sorry for your loss. we will miss jane at all the up coming class reunions 1958 bill you take & get well soon god bless. harlan "pork" & jynn hartman.
Posted by Tina.knock on December 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss it was a honor to take care of Bill and Jane had some good laugh with them both
Posted by Gary and Mary Stadlman on December 15, 2020
Deb and family, sending our condolences with the passing of your Mom/Grandmother. Prayers for your Dad. May God keep you all in His Care.
Posted by Sandra Twedt on December 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Jane was a fun one to work with.
Prayers for Bill to recover quickly. You have my sincere sympathy
Posted by Peggy Kowall on December 15, 2020
My condolences to you Deb and your family. I always enjoyed visiting with your parents, your mom was always full of energy. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Posted by Karen VanOverschelde on December 15, 2020
Thoughts and prayers Deb, Reg, Amanda, Alex ,Bill and family🙏Will miss seeing Jane at Walmart or out walking with Bill. Take care.
Posted by Sue VanderHeiden on December 15, 2020
Deb I am so sad to hear your mom has passed. I will never forget how funny she could be. Thoughts,prayers and hugs to you and your family. She will be missed
Posted by Mary Freeman on December 15, 2020
Deb, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. My sympathies to all of the family. I pray for Bill's speedy recovery.
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