Thursday, September 17, 2020

The death of Josef Hubert Count of Neipperg


H Ill H Maria Josef Hubert Ernst Amadeus Vincenz Benediktus Antonius Konrad Apolinarius Count of Neipperg died at Schwaigern on September 12, 2020.  He was 102 years old.

Josef Hubert and Theresa, Count and Countess of Neipperg (1990) Marlene A. Eilers Koenig Collection

The count was born at Schwaigern on July 22, 1918, the third of fourth child of H Ill H Count Anton Ernst of Neipperg and Countess Anna of Silva-Tarouca.  He became heir apparent, following the death of his older brother, Hereditary Count Karl Reinhard, who had been killed in action in Russia in July 1941.  

Josef Hubert succeeded his father as Count on December 28, 1947.  He was married twice.  His first marriage to Countess Maria of Ledebur-Wicheln (1920-1984) took place in Munich on February 3, 1951.  They were the parents of eight children: Hereditary Count Karl Eugen, Count Reinhard, Countess Maria Anna (a nun, known as Sister Marianna), Countess Franziska, Count Stephan, Count Christoph, Countess Barbara, and Count Johannes. 

Two years after the death of Countess Maria,  Josef Hubert married HSH Princess Therese of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst (1938).  

The Count is survived by his widow, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Karl Eugen has succeeded as the Count of Neipperg.  He was born at Schwaigern on October 20, 1951.  On July 30, 1977, he married HI & RH Archduchess Andrea of Austria, daughter of HI & RH Archduke Otto.

They have five children, Hereditary Count Philipp, Count Benedikt, Count Dominik, Countess Hemma, and Countess Katharina.

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