LimaVondale Elaine Neu, 83, died at 3:42 p.m. Feb. 4, 2011, at Hospice of Cincinnati.She was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Harrod to Russell Ray and Edith Latisha Billings Ketcham. On Oct. 26, 1946, she married Lester Scott Neu, who died Nov. 16, 1971.Mrs. Neu was a graduate of Central High School. She retired in 1989 as administration supervisor for St. Rita's Medical Center. She had worked as a librarian and secretary at Allen East Schools. She had been the neighborhood chairman for the Appleseed Ridge Girl Scout Council, Lima. She was the president of the Garden Club and vice president of the Great Lakes Club in Sarasota, Fla. Her hobbies included gardening, tennis, skiing, ice skating and swimming. She also enjoyed watercolor and acrylic painting and ceramics.Survivors include three sons, Daniel Scott (Denise) Neu and Dale Raymond Neu, both of Lima, and Donald Alan (Donna) Neu, of Sarasota, Fla.; three daughters, Susan Elaine (Stephen) Raitch, of Findlay, Jean Ann (Denny) Thornell, of Lima, and Jill Christine (Donald) Heffner, of Mason; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris R. (Dallas) Neu, of Lima.She was preceded in death by a sister, Rowena Webb; a brother, W. Dean Ketcham; and a great-grandson, Laken M. Woolum.Services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel. The Rev. Dick Sedgwick will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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