Kelsey Neumann is remembered as a committed worker, a dedicated friend and someone who lived life to the fullest. Neumann, 36, died October 17, surrounded by her family. She lived in Maplewood.
Neumann worked for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). She came to the DHS Disability Services Division in April 2006, as a part of the Pathways to Employment team. In August 2012 she became a Disability Linkage Line support specialist. Neumann loved her work and loved supporting people with disabilities who wanted to work. Before coming to DHS, Neumann worked in Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She was a graduate of the University Wisconsin-Whitewater in the social work program and earned her master’s degree at St. Mary’s College of Minneapolis.
Neumann was active in the Muscular Dystrophy Association and MDA Camp activities as a child. She was known for her sense of humor, her cheerful attitude and her commitment to her work and clients. She was very involved in focus groups at DHS, able to weigh in as a consumer and advocate for people with disabilities.
In 2008 she won a delegate spot at the Democratic National Convention.
Family members held a private memorial service for Neumann. DHS employees also held a memorial gathering.