(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.
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
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
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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