Grace Neal

Grace Lee Neal

Friday, October 3rd, 1930 - Saturday, February 1st, 2020
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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 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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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Joseph Catholic Church - St. Joseph
    211 Church St.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Interment

    Lincoln Township Cemetery
    5055 St. Joseph Ave.
    Stevensville, MI 49127
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    Inurnment will be held privately


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Ruthie Arnold

Posted at 12:23pm
My condolences to the neal family,may Grace R.I.P with her daughter Barb :( you all are in my thoughts and prayers and may the memories you hold help you though these difficult days.

Ed Pastrick

Posted at 11:27am
My heart ♥️ goes out to both of you Bill and Marsha and you will be in my prayers! God Bless 🙏🏼🙏🏼
Ed Pastrick

Stan and Sally Bennett

Posted at 09:29pm
Grace and Bob were such good neighbors the 17 years we lived on the block. We loved the whole family and send them our sincere sympathy. Rest in eternal peace in the hands of the almighty. Stan And Sally Bennett, Lake Placid, Fl.

Lee SBR. Pangilinan

Posted at 07:59pm
My prayers, thoughts and sympathy are with you, Bob, and with your children. She is at peace with God and the communion of saints in her eternal home.
I have known Grace through our Church. I’ve grown closer to her especially, when my late husband, Aurelio, passed away (Bob & Aurelio worked at Bosch). I’ll never forget Grace’s caring personality with always a smile, and the love that I feel when she always hug and kiss me, whenever I am at 12:15 Friday Mass In downtown or the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass at the South & sometimes at 9:00 am Wednesday Mass at the South. Her simple gesture of caring, thoughtfulness and kindness were in itself the loving support I have had and have from her in my life. Thank you, Grace.
May our loving merciful Father grant you the joy of eternal peace and happiness, and the joy of eternal light in your soul in the glory of His heavenly kingdom and in His divine presence. I love you, Grace, as you always know.

Lillian Hasse

Posted at 07:21pm
A very good neighbor rest in peace my friend Love Lil

Stan and Sally Bennett Posted at 09:31pm

Yes she was Lillian. Stan

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