Helena 'Leni' Nelesen
Apr 28, 1947 - Aug 18, 2012
‘Leni was born April 28, 1947 in a small town in Germany called “Morbach” Morbach is located in a low mountain region of Germany know as the “Hunsruck” Her father was a farmer and used horses to work his fields. Leni loved horses, cats and dogs.
Leni was married to Peter Nelesen who was stationed at the nearby Hahn Air Base, in October 1965. She went on to have a 4 1/2 pound daughter, Katharina Marie, pre-maturely in June 1966.
She loved Gardening, embroidery, photography, horses, cats and dogs and always found time for them in her life. She had a special eye for arranging things to convey a message. No matter if it was setting up Christmas Decorations, other holiday decorations, or taking picture of the flowers in her garden. Everything she did was done with the utmost of care.
She was a devoted wife and mother and was just fun to be around. She took joy in making others happy and smile and would smile at the smallest flower or humming bird. She would run for her camera to capture the moment forever then look through the picture again and again. She was sensitive and caring about everything. She couldn’t stand to see hurt or suffering and would always put her own personal needs aside if someone needed help.
In 1993 she was diagnosed with stage 4 brest cancer. She only had a 5% chance of living 5 years. Being the fighter she was she beat the odds and lived another 19 years, after undergoing a lot of painful surgeries and treatment. Although the last 10 years was filled with pain and missery. She continued to take care of her family and friends when ever they needed something.
She passed on Aug 18, 2012 peacefully at Mercy San Juan Medical Center under the care of some very compassinate and caring doctors and staff. Her husband of 47 years, her daughter, Katharina Marie Mutz, and son-in-law, Bert Mutz, stayed with her the entire time she was in the medical center and were by her side when she passed away.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.