Ruth Bortz, 91, of Grand Island, Neb., died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at CHI Health-St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, after a short illness.

She was born Oct 18, 1926, in Galatia, to Solomon and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Dietz. She graduated from Hoisington High School in 1944. 

On Aug. 17, 1947, she married Richard “Dick” Bortz in Great Bend. They managed La Quinta Inn (East) in Wichita until retiring in 1993. Former residents of Garden City, they moved to Grand Island in 2007.

Survivors include a son, Robert "Bob" Bortz, and a daughter, Kathryn "Kat" Bortz, both of Grand Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Martin and Robert Dietz; and a sister, Dorothy Dietz Johnson.

A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Grand Island. Burial of ashes will be at a later date in Great Bend.

Memories may be posted at In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation or First Christian Church of Grand Island.

All Faiths Funeral Home of Grand Island is in charge of arrangements.