Grace Lee Neal, 89, passed away February 01, 2020

The best girlfriend; the best mother; the best wife. These were the words that Robert Neal used to describe his lovely wife of 71 years. Grace Lee Neal, 89, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 01, 2020 in Saint Joseph. She was born October 3, 1930 in Hamilton, Ohio to Lorel and Anna (Schliesman) Hapner.



A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 am. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 210 Church St., Saint Joseph. Private interment will be at 11:00am. Please join us for a luncheon at noon at The Rose Center in St Joseph. Those wishing to leave an online condolence for the family may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida or the St. Vincent DePaul Society.



Grace was a life-long and very active member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. She was also a long-time volunteer at Lakeland Hospital. She and Robert were married January 8, 1949 in Hamilton, Ohio, and welcomed their first child in May of 1950. Grace and Robert added seven more children to their family.



Their children are Melissa Clapper, William (Marsha) Neal, Barbara Clark (Christine Kaspersazak), Mary (Fred) Zemlick, Nancy (Stan) Evans, Thomas (Cheryl) Neal, Sarah (Paul) Spears,and John (Susan) Neal. Her 19 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren will remember and cherish her as a devoted grandmother. Her children will remember her as a woman more than awesome, more than beautiful, more than words could ever describe. She is survived by her sisters, Melody (Jim) Borhrer, Shelia (Dave) Metzcar, and Diane Bates; by her brother Guy (Pamela) Hapner and numerous nieces and nephews.



She is preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Clark; her sister, Jo Ann Brosius; and her brother, Richard Hapner. 




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