Mable Neel, 93, of Des Moines, formerly of Aurelia, died June 11, 2007. Memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Aurelia There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Aurelia. The Redig Funeral Home of Aurelia is in charges of services.
Born on Christmas Day in 1913, in Stockton, Calif., she moved with family in the 1930's to South Dakota, where she graduated high school in Plankinton, S.D. Still in the 1930's, being the oldest of the eight children, she moved to Ruthven, to help raise her four brothers and three sisters.
She married Jack Mannina on Oct. 13, 1940, and from that marriage had a daughter Josephine, born Nov. 4, 1942, and a son John born May 24, 1949.
After a divorce Mable raised the two children in Spencer, until her marriage with Bart Neel, on Oct. 18, 1962, when she moved with her son to Aurelia, where she lived until just a couple years ago. For health reasons she moved to live with her daughter Josephine, in Des Moines until her passing away at the Sunny View Care Center in Ankeny surrounded by family.
She lived a full life with her two children and beloved husband Bart. She enjoyed sewing, fishing at the lakes, golf, dancing to the old time music, and playing cards and dominos with friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Lydia (Neugebauer) Riecke, her husband Bart on Oct. 9, 2001, and three brothers, Ralph, Raymond, and Stewart.
Surviving is her daughter, Josephine Brouwer of Des Moines, and her son John and his wife Sharon Neel of Riverton, Wyo. Also surviving is her grandson Jason and wife Jessica Brouwer, of Johnston, grandson Brad Neel, of Fort Collins, Colo., granddaughter Sarah and her husband Michael Hutchison and their son Declan Bradley Hutchison, born Aug., 6, 2006, which recently she did get to hold and spoil, of Riverton, Wyo. Also surviving are her brother Gilson Riecke of Ruthven, and three sisters, Ruth Olson of Arnolds Park, Ines Weekly of Dillon, Montana, and Lilly Costello of Pennsylvania, and nieces and nephews and friends.???