Neilla Banse

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Services for Neilla Banse, 52, of Sutherland, will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at United Methodist Church of Sutherland. Rev. Jud Stover will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at Harlan Cemetery in Dumont.

There will be no visitation.

Neilla passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19 at home.

Neilla Sue Banse, the daughter of Neil and Minnie (Winther) Harlan, was born March 14, 1945, in Hampton. Her childhood years were spent in Dumont and Hampton where she graduated from Hampton High School. Neilla attended Iowa State Teacher's College and Buena Vista College where she received her teaching certificate.

On Sept. 23, 1966, Neilla was united in marriage to Eugene Banse in Newport, R.I.  Following their marriage Neilla traveled with her husband to Naval posts in Fall River, Mass., East Rumford, R.I., Vallejo, Calif., Great Lakes, Ill., Yokohama, Japan and Spanaway, Wash., returning to Iowa after Gene retired from the Navy.

During her time in Japan, Neilla taught English to the business community and gave the memorial speeches for the Americans intered in the Tokyo area. She was very active with the Japanese Girl Scout program.

Neilla was an assistant editor of the Sutherland Courrier for eight years and dearly loved the people that she came in contact with. Her joy was researching her family's historical lines. Neilla loved working with the youth: as a teacher; 35 years as a Girl Scout Leader, Council Member, Camp Coordinator and Area Director; over 20 years with the Boy Scouts; and as a coach for various girl's sport teams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers: Bruce and Michael Harlan.

Neilla is survived by her husband, Gene Banse of Sutherland; one son, Eric Banse of Anamosa; one daughter, Brandi Philbrick and her husband, Warren of Normal Ill.; two brothers: David Harlan of Hampton, and Dwight Harlan and his wife, Mickey of Fertile; one sister, Georgia Hintz and her husband, John of Hampton; and seven grandchildren.

Warner Funeral Home of Sutherland is in charge of arrangements.