Helen M. Belz, a homemaker, died of heart failure Saturday at her Lutherville home. She was 106.
Born Helen Mary Rosendale in Baltimore, she lived on Hollins Street and was a graduate of St. Martin's Academy. She was the great-granddaughter of Henry Rosendale Sr., who founded the Rosendale Furniture Co., which crafted the pews and choir loft in St. Alphonsus Church and donated one of its 15 bells and a stained-glass window.
"While working as a secretary for [United States Fidelity and Guaranty Co.], she remembered a lunch break cheering for Charles A. Lindbergh as he paraded up Charles Street in 1927," said her son, Paul H. Belz of Lutherville. "That same year, she marveled at the immense Iron Horse Exhibit in Halethorpe celebrating the 100th anniversary of the B&O Railroad. She also recalled watching the Nazi airship Hindenburg circle Baltimore in 1936, a year before it exploded."
In 1932, she married Eugene G. Belz Sr., the co-founder and president of Baltimore Mimeograph Supply Corp.
From 1935 to 1962, she lived in Edmondson Village and was a communicant at St. Bernardine's Church. She later moved to Lutherville and was a member of Immaculate Conception parish.
Family members said she was known for her spaghetti and meat sauce and coconut hot milk cakes. They said she was a stylish dresser and rode a stationary bicycle.
"One of her great thrills was getting within 50 feet of Pope John Paul II on Oct. 8, 1995, as he waved to spectators from his Popemobile in front of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen," her son said.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Carmelite Monastery, 1318 Dulaney Valley Road.
In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Eugene G. Belz Jr. of Clinton, Iowa, and Richard J. Belz of Columbia; four daughters, Mary Jane Belz of Lutherville, Sister Ann Belz of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Elaine M. Ackerman of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Priscilla B. Jenkins of San Rafael, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her husband of 55 years died 1987. A daughter, Sister Clare Belz, died in 1994.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun