Former Chesterton resident, Deacon T. Vincent Neely, age 84, of Mesa,
Arizona, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Arbor Rose Hospice in Mesa,
The first son of T. Vincent Neely, Sr. and Ruth C. Breig, Vince was born
July 19, 1928 in Berkley Springs, West Virginia.
Vince is survived by four children: Natalie (Rick) Corsbie of Mesa, Ariz.,
Paul (Patricia) and Mark (Tammy) of Chesterton, Ind., Marianne (Bob) Kmak of
Centennial, Colo., Godson Ozzie (Rachel) Moody, and daughter-in-law Carol
Kominakis Neely; nine grandchildren: Erica (Jason) Bailey and Ginny Corsbie,
Kaitlin, Matthew and Jackie Neely, Cameron Neely, Caroline and Casey Kmak,
and Cari (Patrick) Hartley, and six great-grandchildren.
Also surviving is his sister Angela Neely Thompson of Scranton, Penn.
He was preceded by his parents, brothers Joseph and Bernard, his beloved
wife of 50 years Mary, his son Robert and grandson Conrad Neely.
He attended Berkley Springs High School, graduating in 1945 at the age 16.
He spent a year at St. Charles College Seminary, and at the age of 18, he
joined the Army. Receiving a recommendation by the Governor of West
Virginia, and at the Army’s recommendation, he attended West Point and
graduated in the top two percent of his class. It was during this time that
he met and married Mary Horn. Vince was working for National Steel, Midwest
Steel Division, when in 1959 he was transferred to Portage, Indiana, and the
family settled in Chesterton. Vince worked for National Steel, Midwest
Division for nearly 27 years, until his retirement in 1985.
A man of great faith and goodness who touched the lives of many, Vince
became a Deacon, in the Gary Diocese in 1983 and served St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church in Chesterton for 10 years. When he moved to Mesa, Ariz. in
1993, he continued to serve the Lord at All Saints Catholic Church up to his
The Liturgy of the Hours, a funeral vigil, was presided over by fellow
Deacon Gordon Aird on Thursday, April 25, at All Saints Catholic Church, in
On Friday, April 26, a Mass of Christian burial was concelebrated by Most
Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares, Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix Diocese, and
Vince’s close friend and Pastor of All Saints Church, Fr. Robert J. Caruso
and assisted by fellow Deacons John Scott, and Buddy Clapham.
Deacon Vince’s cremated ashes will be returned to Chesterton, Ind. A
memorial service will be arranged with Father James Meade and Father
Lawrence Heeg, in the near future. Details will be released in the St.
Patrick Church bulletin when available.