Obituary: Neysa Eberhard

Neysa Cecelia Koehler Eberhard, 93, died on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

She was born Dec. 28, 1921, at the homestead of her parents, Walter and Rachel Perrin Koehler in Elbon, South Dakota. Neysa was the only child of her parents, who preceded her in death.

Moving to Huron, South Dakota, at the age of 6, she attended the Huron schools until 1937. After the death of her mother, she moved to Emporia to become part of her mother?s sister?s family: Ruth and John Breukelman and their daughters Anne and Betty.

Neysa received from Emporia State University her high school diploma, bachelor of science and master of library science degrees. She earned a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.

Her career of 35 years included teaching and librarianship in Peabody, Marion, Newton and at Oklahoma State University. Her final 16 years of work were spent as director of the Newton Public Library.

During her first teaching assignment in Peabody, she met Charles Louis Eberhard. They were married Apil 22, 1946, at the Breukelman home in Emporia by the minister who also married Anne and Betty, as well as baptized all their children. Charles and Neysa had one son Terrill Lynn Eberhard of Peabody, who survives his parents.

Survivors include her son Terrill Lynn Eberhard of Peabody; sister by choice Betty Breukelman Schelske and her husband Claire of Gainsville, Florida,, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and cousins that make up her extended family.

Neysa was a member of the Congregational Church until she joined the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Private family services have taken place.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.

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