December 20, 2022 at 2:49 p.m.

Neola Dell (Wesely) Boyer

Neola Dell (Wesely) Boyer
Neola Dell (Wesely) Boyer

Neola Dell (Wesely) Boyer, 88, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Dec. 18, 2022, after a courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was surrounded by her family at the Pine Villa Centra Care Center in Melrose.

Neola was born a fraternal twin Oct. 31, 1934, in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, to Joseph A. and Ethel (Fisher) Wesely. She grew up in Cedar Bluffs and graduated from Cedar Bluffs High School in 1952. Neola loved playing volleyball, and she co-captained the team with her twin sister, Nadine. While she was on the team she earned the name of “Mad Dog Wesely.” Neola was an enormous influence and fan at her children’s sporting events.

When she was younger Neola waited tables in a small cafe in town and later in Fremont at the Star Hamburger. Nadine and she sang duets at many school functions and weddings, and they traveled and sang for the disabled veterans and postmaster conventions. After graduating in 1952, Neola took on a banking career as a teller and bookkeeper.

In 1954, Neola met Richard on a blind date, and they were married in 1955 for 62 years. They made Fremont, Nebraska, their home for many years. Together, they operated the Boyer Lawn Service for 13 years, while raising a family. In 1971, they made the drive, in an old bus Richard converted to a camper, and purchased a dairy farm in Eagle Bend. Neola’s banking experience was valuable for managing the day-to-day expenses on the farm. She was also in charge of the breeding records and the baby calves on the farm. She wasn’t afraid to get dirty and had a tremendous work ethic. They made that their home until they sold the dairy farm and moved to a 40-acre hobby farm where they lived for 15 years. Richard developed health problems, and they moved to Melrose in 2015.

Survivors include daughters Deb (Doug) Sletten of Gonvick and Kate Boyer of Rochester, son Richard (Carol) Boyer, Jr., of Melrose, and daughter Barb (John) Stueve of Loretto; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Neola was preceded in death by her parents; husband Richard Boyer, Sr., in 2017; sisters Evelyn Wesely, Evangeline Vojtech, Ethel Eggers, Delores Stoupa, Helen Placek and Nadine Jones;  and brother Orven Wesely.

Neola and Nadine were the youngest of the Wesely family.

A private ceremony will be at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. She will be laid to heavenly rest beside her beloved husband, Richard Boyer.

Many thanks to the staff at Pine Haven CentraCare, and also to the angels on earth that took care of Mom from Moments Hospice, we are forever grateful.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose.



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