Hope Neiman

neimanHope Neiman, 93 of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away on October 17, 2016, at the Belle Fourche Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016, at the Greater Hulett Community Center. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at the Hulett Cemetery. A memorial has been established to benefit the First Baptist Church of Hulett.

Hope was born April 5, 1923 in Union, Nebraska, to Fredick Bismark and Lyda Ethel (Clark) Borne. In 1926, they moved to Nebraska City, Nebraska, where her only sibling Donn Clayton Borne was born.

Before she finished kindergarten the family moved to Des Moines, Iowa. By the time she finished first grade the family moved to Peoria, Illinois. The family then moved to Springfield, Illinois, where she started second grade. The family then uprooted and moved to Lorain, Ohio, where Hope skipped the rest of second grade and moved to third grade. Her father worked for the Jewel Tea Company where he was a salesman instructor requiring all the moves they were having to make. Fred Borne quit the Jewel Tea Company realizing their children needed a chance for an education.

They lived in Lorain until 1938 and it was there that Hope started practicing piano in an old beer warehouse without any heat. She would practice ’til her fingers were too cold to continue.

During the next seven years, Hope was fortunate to take about three years of piano lessons, three months of saxophone lessons and dancing lessons which included ballot, toe, tap and acrobatics. She performed at many programs both her dancing and her piano skills.

When her father was away during the week her Mom would let her color her nails with a red pencil as her father forbid her to wear red nail polish. She loved to see the color as her hands moved up and down the keyboard. Of course she washed it off when her father returned on the weekends. Hope would have been considered a “tomboy” by today’s standards as the neighborhood was filled with boys that she played softball with, climbed trees, played jacks and hide n’ seek. She loved to swim in Lake Erie.

She and her brother, Donn were given a monthly allowance of 25 cents. Her mom wanted her children to have as much of a normal childhood as possible as these were Depression Years and money was tight. Hope would save for two months then go to Kresge’s or Woolworth’s and buy a piece of sheet music for 35 cents.

In August 1938, when Hope was fifteen years old they moved to Hulett, quite a set back for a girl who lived in the city all of her life. No bathroom, no electricity until evening when they started the light plant. No telephone, no running water, no paved streets or sidewalks. How was she able to play jacks on wooden sidewalks?

They lived in the house where Marion Long lived and today is known as a deli.

Hope was put ahead in school to the 11th grade, thus making her too young to enroll in the nursing field, which is what she wanted to do. She graduated from high school in May, 1940. She then took a post graduate course and finally in September of 1941, she enrolled in Jennie Edmundson School of Nursing in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each summer they were given a three week vacation and it was during the summer of 1943 that she met Henry Neiman. In a short courtship they were then married in Council Bluffs on January 2, 1944.

In September 1944, Hope graduated with good grades from Nursing School and then returned to Hulett even thou she had been offered a position working for a doctor.

By the middle of October her husband, Henry and brother Donn left to enter the Navy. Hope then lived with her parents and worked at the Belle Fourche Hospital until Henry returned in April 1946.

To this union were born five children, Lydalou (Bob) Roloff, Dan (Jannice) Neiman, Phil (Sandy) Neiman, Walt (Sandra) Neiman, Crystal (Les) Sherrard. The love of her life included her grandchildren, Dena Neiman Mills, Aaron Neiman, Julie Sherrard Goeres, Brian Neiman, Jeremy Sherrard, Benjamin Neiman, Jill Sherrard, Amy Neiman Odde, Ashley Neiman Berry and Darrell Neiman. She was also blessed with 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Lyda Borne; brother, Donn and her husband, Henry Neiman.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com