John A. Neff
WALLINGFORD - John Adam Neff, 90, of Wallingford, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at MidState Medical Center with his family by his side. He was the loving husband of the late Marie (Hekeler) Neff. He was born in Lebanon, Pa., May 5, 1926, a son of the late John A. and Nellie R. (Botz) Neff. John was a World War II U.S. Air Force veteran and had attended the Whitney School of Art and the Paier College of Art in Connecticut. John had enjoyed a long career as a watercolor artist. As his reputation grew, he became more involved in watercolor exhibitions and has become a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and is listed in the Who's Who in American Art. His art is represented in the Peter A. Juley Collection in the National Museum of American Art and is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Gayle Neff, of Florida; his nephews and nieces, Garett Neff (Karen), April Votto (Ron), M'Liss Hekeler D'Angelo, Keith Hekeler (Barbara), and Kurt Hekeler (Lisa); 10 grandnieces and grandnephews; and his extended family, of Pennsylvania and Florida. He was predeceased by his nephew, Bryan Neff. His family will receive relatives and friends in The Yalesville Funeral Home, 386 Main St. in the Yalesville section of Wallingford ( www.yalesvillefh.com ), on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be sent to Gallery 53, 53 Colony St. Meriden, CT 06451 ( www.gallery53.org ).
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