Stina J. Neal, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Cheshire on October 18, 2019. She was 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.
A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, October 23. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 Saint Ronan St., New Haven, CT 06511. Arrangements were in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, Hamden. To send condolences to her family, please see obituary at www.beecherandbennett.com.