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Helen L. Neal

June 1, 1935 ~ June 12, 2018 (age 83)

Helen L. Neal, 83, formerly of Burlington, went to be with the Lord at 1:23 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the Wesley Life Village in Indianola, Iowa.

Born June 1, 1935, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Chester "Pete" and Marie (Hahn) Mosena. On May 29, 1954, she married Ralph Earl Neal Jr. in Burlington. After 58 1/2 years of marriage, he died on February 8, 2013.

She graduated from Burlington High School. 

Helen worked as waitress during her high school years. After her three children began school, she babysat teachers' children for extra income. For three years, in the early 70's, Helen & Ralph started their own business. It was a dry goods store in Holstein, Iowa. During the last 20 years, before retiring, they managed Ben Franklin Stores. Once they retired, they lived in Ankeny, Iowa & Torrance, California.

Over the years, she enjoyed sewing, making beautiful ceramic, especially dishes, outdoor animal figurines and Christmas Santas. Most of all, she enjoyed traveling with her siblings and having her grandchildren stay with her.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Neal and Pam Swanson; one son; Mark (Liz) Neal; eight grandchildren, Trevor, Katie, Shad, and Aubrey Swanson, Ian, Nicole, Stephanie, and Lucas Neal; two great grandchildren, Ryder and Tegan Swanson; one brother-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, four sisters, and their spouses.

The memorial service for Mrs. Neal will be 1:00 PM Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery.  

Memorials have been established for The Christian Worship Hour, Wesley Life Village, and Wesley Life Hospice.

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