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Nedra Eileen (Owens) O'Neil passes away at age 91

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Nedra Eileen (Owens) O’Neil, age 91, of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away on January 21, 2020 after having a stroke.

She was born in Sandusky, Iowa, on June 21, 1928.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Oscar and Freda (Hancock) Owens; siblings, Norma Lee, Duane and Lolita; and her husband of 65 years of marriage, Berle L. O’Neil.

After her husband’s death, she still lived alone and took care of herself until August of 2019 when she moved to Addison Pointe and met some wonderful lady friends. They enjoyed each other’s company so much and called each other the “Golden Girls.”

She leaves behind her wonderful sister, Wanda Boyer of Iowa; many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends. Most importantly she leaves behind her devoted children, Bruce O’Neil of Florida, Greg (Laura) O’Neil of Valparaiso, Peggy (Bill) Baker of Chesterton, Karen (Mike) Falls of Wisconsin, Danny O’Neil (Allie) of North Judson, Jenny O’Neil (Dave) of Wisconsin. She had 16 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, more on the way and one great-great-grandchild.

She was loved by every single one of them. The love she gave to everyone can never be replaced. She taught her kids how to swim even though she never mastered it herself. She was the sweetest person you could ever meet. She also had a sweet tooth which involved making her homemade cinnamon rolls, hot water chocolate cake and her favorite Mrs. Hogue’s chocolate cookies which she shared with everyone.

In her final moments her family surrounded her, guided her on, telling her how much they loved her, holding her hands and kissing her until she was gone was a blessing itself. She taught us all how to love and she taught us all how to die, gracefully and with dignity.

By Nedra’s request, the family held a private celebration of life at her daughter’s home. Her legacy will be remembered forever. Our little Mama Sita, our Me Maw, our Grandma, our Mother. We Love you!!

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Posted 1/30/2020




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