ROCHESTER - Neal C. Lang, 73, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at his home in Rochester. Neal was born in Winona, MN on October 18, 1937 to Carl and Leora (Ritcher) Lang. He graduated from Winona State and then served in the U.S. Navy. Neal married Mary Jo Berger on December 28, 1964 in Rochester. He was a teacher for 32 years for the Rochester Public Schools, working at Kellogg and John Adams. Neal was a private man with a very kind and gentle spirit. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. Neal especially enjoyed his daily walks with dogs Ellie and Sam and spending time with his granddog, Boris. He also enjoyed watching sports and Mary Jo, son Mark, and Neal were Vikings season ticket holders. Neal and Mary Jo were also members of the Rochester Civic Theatre. Neal is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Jo; a son, Mark Lang, of Eagan, MN; and a brother, Bergie (Mary Jo) Lang, of Savage, MN; and several nieces and nephews.Neal is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leane and Sharon Gunhus.A Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, April 8, 2011 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Chapel at St. Marys Hospital or Paws and Claws.
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Being Neighbors for all those years, and our kids growing up together it felt like our "BLOCK" was one big family!! So to us, it feels like a part of our "Family" has passed away. Just know that our Love, our Thoughts, and our Prayers are with you. God Bless!!
Doc & Dolly
Dear Mary Jo and Mark,
These past days I know have been difficult and in the coming days and months you'll both think of Neal with mixed feelings of sadness and memories that bring smiles and tears.
May God give you strength to manage the loss. I will remember Neal as a quiet and caring man.
Mr. Lang was my home room teacher at John Adams in 1977. He was a wonderful teacher and a bright light during difficult years. I got caught smoking in the bathroom once and I told him it wasn't me. He said he believed me but not to do it again!
Mary Jo I am so terribly sorry to hear your tragic news. This must have happened just four days after our visit. If there is anything I can do for you, please contact me and I will do whatever you need.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Janet Mahle Hinds
We're so very saddened by the news of Neal's death. We passed him so many times recently while he was walking the dogs and we were walking Timmy. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Mary Jo & Mark-
I was saddened to learn of Neal's passing. He was always so friendly and welcoming towards me. I recall him coaching me as youth. He was so calm and patient. I will always have fond memories of him.
Please know you are in my heart and prayers during this difficult time.
Love you both
I am thinking of you! No words can express my feelings right now. Time heals in a different way for everyone. I hope that your healing is done with your many friends that care about you and Mark. You have been there for so many...... Gerry was one of them!!!!!!!!!
Hugs to you Mary Jo. Patty
Mary Jo: Jesse and I were saddened to hear that Neal passed away. He was such a very nice man, so kind and caring!! Our hearts go out to you and Mark!! Please know that you and Mark are in our thoughts and prayers at this time and if there is anything we can do for you, please, please let us know! Love, Deb & Jess
Mary Jo, I'm so sorry to hear about Neal. What a loss to all of us who knew him. He will never be forgotten. Words cannot express my sadness. I wish I could be there for you but know that I'm thinking about you and sending you love and support during this saddest of times. Take care of yourself.
I am very sorry for your loss. Neal was a very kind and compassionate man. He will be missed.