Stina J. Neal, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Cheshire on October 18, 2019. Born in Frandefors, Dalsland, Sweden on March 8, 1924 to the late Carl and Olga Larson Josephson. Stina was predeceased by her husband, Elmer E. Neal, Jr. in 1980, her brothers, Nils (Lillian) Josephson and Ernest (Carole) Josephson, and her daughter, Elizabeth E. Neal just this past August. She will be dearly missed by her daughter, Laura Richter of Cheshire; grandchildren, Emily (Matthew) Napp of Wolcott, Meredith (David) Natzel of Plantsville, and Jonathan (Sherri) Richter of Plantsville; great-grandchildren, Evan and Ella Napp, Hayley and Joseph Richter, and Griffin Natzel; several nieces, and one nephew. Stina and her family settled in New Haven from Sweden in 1927. Stina was a 1942 graduate of Hillhouse High School, where she met her husband, Elmer. She attended the Junior College of Commerce in New Haven, before marrying Elmer in 1946. They moved to Hamden in 1952, where she lived before moving to Cheshire in 2005. Stina enjoyed her many years caring for her family, baking her famous Swedish coffee breads, entertaining friends and family, and most recently doting on her great grandchildren. Stina was also a lifelong member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, where she was currently the oldest living member, which she was extremely proud of. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Wednesday, October 23rd from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. The celebration of her life will continue at her Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. in Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 Saint Ronan St., New Haven, followed by her burial in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Bethesda Lutheran Church.

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  1. Aunt Stina,
    You were a beautiful, kind and loving person. It was always an honor to visit with you and have you share your stories about your parents and two brothers growing up. You welcomed your family into your home with open arms and served us your famous and delicious coffee cake and Swedish cookies. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
    Love you always,

  2. Dear Laura and family. I have fond memories of your mom when we were in highschool. She was the sweetest lady and I so enjoyed spending time at your home. May she be at peace in her eternal home.

  3. The sweetest, most beautiful soul inside and out. I already miss our visits. Thankyou for making me feel like family and God Bless each and everyone in your family. I love you all. –Shanetta

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