Adelaide Jay Neppl, 66, of Breckenridge, MN died Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge, MN. The visitation will be Sunday, September 22 from 4:00-7:30pm with a prayer service at 7:00pm at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge, MN. There will be a Christian Mothers Rosary at 5:30pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 23 at 10:30am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Breckenridge, MN with Father Ken Popp and Father Joe Backowski officiating. There will be a luncheon served following the Mass at St. Mary's Catholic School. Interment will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Kent, MN.
Adelaide Jay Neppl was born November 14, 1946. She was the ninth of twelve children born to Harold and Laureign (Bellmore) Neppl. Jay attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Breckenridge, for Kindergarten Class. Her family then moved to Amenia, ND where she attended Public School for 1st and 2nd grade. Upon their return to the Breckenridge area Jay and her family spent some time living in a Box Car, a memory Jay recalled very fondly. When school began that year Jay left for Owatonna, MN and attended school there until she was 18 years of age. She didn't reminisce a lot about her school days in Owatonna, but she would occasionally share her memories about traveling by train to come home to family for holidays. After finishing her education in Owatonna, MN, Jay returned to Breckenridge. She lived there for a short time and then moved to Fergus Falls, MN where she worked in the laundry at the State Hospital for 2 years after which time she moved home with her parents. She relished her time with Mom and Dad. When her Mother's health began to decline, Jay went to live with her brother, Rich and his wife Marlene. She lived with them for 13 years, and then a new adventure began for Jay Arrangements were made for her to try living independently. Rich and Marlene shuffled through all the "red-tape" and Jay got an apartment. Jay's pride and joy was "her place." She had several different apartments over the years, at both Park Manor and York Manor in Breckenridge, MN. Jay had helpers that assisted her with day-to-day activities. Rich and Marlene remained an integral part of her life and were never more than a phone call away. She had a job at Hardee's, in Breckenridge, MN, where she worked for 10 years. She received a certificate for "Employee of the Month." She even got to be in a Hardee's commercial that was "shot" at the Hardee's restaurant in Fargo, ND. Jay also worked in the office at West Central Community Services. She took both of her jobs very seriously and really enjoyed being a part of the work force.
She loved to be a part of the community. She had a special heart for the elderly and children. She volunteered for 20 years at St. Francis Home. On Sundays she would gather up whatever nieces and nephews were visiting at Grandma and Grandpas and take them all to the nursing home to be "volunteers." Jay enjoyed entertaining her nieces and nephews, and other children, playing cards and games. Jay taught the next generation the games she knew how to play.
One of Jay's greatest pleasures was visiting and family and friends. She loved "sleep overs", and some good homemade food. As much as Jay liked visiting, she liked dancing that much more! She spent many Sunday afternoons and evenings at the Eagles in Wahpeton, ND "kicking-up-her-heals." She loved to Polka and Waltz. Her "family" at the Eagles was very precious to her.
Jay was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and the Wahpeton Eagle's Club and spent countless hours at the Breckenridge Senior Center.
Jay is survived by four sisters Trudy (Ray) Such, Fargo, ND; Margie Polansky, Thief River Falls, MN; Carol (Paul) LeNoue, Kent, MN; Renee (Scott) Rossow, Wahpeton, ND; three brothers Morris (JoAnn) Neppl, Ridgely, WY, Tim Neppl, Sycamore, IL; Randy (Jan) Neppl, Wahpeton, ND; and a special sister-in-law Marlene Neppl, Fergus Falls, MN.
Jay is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Laureign (Bellmore) Neppl; and three brothers Kenny, Rich, and Terry and her sister Nila Grenz; brothers and sisters-in-law Shirley Neppl, Ronnie Helgeson, Wally Grenz, Gene Polansky, and Neva Neppl; her nephews Bill LeNoue, Greg Neppl, and Phillip Neppl.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation for the wonderful, compassionate care Jay received from the staff at St. Francis Nursing Home and Hospital; and to all of her caregivers over years, thank you so much.