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(Oct 21, 2013)

JANE KINSTLER NEAL, 90, died September 25, 2013. She was predeceased by her husband, George I. Neal Jr.; her parents, Labon T. Kinstler and Emmer Vaughn Kinstler; and two brothers, Labon T. "Dick" Kinstler Jr. and Frank Kinstler. As a child, she grew up in Kenova, W.Va., and graduated from Ceredo-Kenova High School. She was a talented singer, studying voice with local tutors, and by age 15 had her own local radio show. She went on to Marshall College, but left when she was appointed to work in Washington, D.C., for the FBI. Ultimately, she received a scholarship to study voice under Dorothy Remington Webster, a noted voice teacher in Washington, D.C. During War II she was commended by the Red Cross for her extensive volunteer work in singing to wounded servicemen in Walter Reed Army and Bethesda Naval Hospitals. She also studied voice and performed with the Washington Opera Guild. She was asked by a photographer to pose with poinsettias for a Christmas photo for The Washington Post. The picture was published on its front page and was picked up by the Associated Press and published in newspapers across America. This launched a separate career in modeling and fashion consulting. She was a graduate of the Barbizon School of Modeling in New York City. She returned to Huntington and was a legal secretary. At the same time, she was employed by WSAZ-TV as a host for her own noontime talk show. She interviewed such notables as Jackie Kennedy and Roger Williams. In addition she wrote and produced many women's fashion shows. She worked as the office manager for R.C. Wulfman M.D. Inc., a local anesthesiologist, before her retirement. Throughout her life she was a gourmet cook and shared that passion with many of her friends. Jane Neal was a kind person, who tried to help as many people as she could. She is survived by two nieces, Kay J. Kinstler and Lynda Elliott Conway; and a special nephew, Eugene M. Elliott Jr. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Spring Hill Cemetery by the Rev. Hubert Harvey. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2013, at Klingel Carpenter Mortuary. Family guestbook at www.klingelcarpenter.com.

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