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Dorothy M. “Gram” Neville Neal, 87

February 3, 2014

Dorothy M. “Gram” Neville Neal, 87, of Houston, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in the Donnell House, Washington, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 19, 1926, near Punxsutawney, a daughter of Avery and Lola McDonald Neville.

Mrs. Neal was a 1945 graduate of Dayton High School in Armstrong County.

She worked for Celento’s Department Store, was a cook at Rocky’s Restaurant followed by Shelly’s Pike Inn, until her retirement in 2008.

Mrs. Neal was an avid Pittsburgh Pirate, Penguin and Steeler fan.

She also enjoyed NASCAR and was a Dale Earnhardt fan.

She enjoyed spending time with her daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her friends at the Heritage House who often called her “Doodles.”

On Nov. 22, 1947, she married Wilbur J. Neal, who died in December of 1979.

Surviving are a daughter, Vicky Lesjak (John “Bo” Sr.) of Houston; a son, William Neal (Judy) of Alamogordo N.M.; six grandchildren, Melissa Neal Minerd (William) of Brownsville, Amy Lesjak Rosselli (Lou) of Powell, Ohio, Jennifer Neal Byrnes (Scott) of Alamogordo, N.M.; Gary “Bubba” Neal, Jr. (Debbie) of Newport, N.C., John Lesjak, Jr. (Tiffany) of Houston and William Neal, Jr., of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Ann Kunselman (George) of Hamilton; a brother, William Neville of Punxsutawney; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Lee Neal; a daughter, Carol A. Neal; four sisters, Ruth Neville, Martha Pollick, Jesse Brothers and Luella Condron; and two brothers, Roy and Claude Neville.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., the time of service, today at the McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., 27 Cherry Ave., Houston, PA 15342.

The funeral service will begin at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Clarejean Haury officiating.

Additional visitation and services will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, where services will begin at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Jim Condron officiating.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Donnell House, c/o Hospice of the Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Ave., Washington, PA 15301.

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