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Kathleen O'Neil


1932 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
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Kathleen O'Neil

1932 - 2015 Kathleen Rita O'Neil, also know as Aunt Katy, Kathy and Miss Oatmeal, entered God's Kingdom, October 27th, 2015, at the Hoosick Falls Center for Living and Rehabilitation after a courageous battle with cancer. Kathleen was born on February 3, 1932, the youngest child of Anna (Bogardus) O'Neil and James Henry O'Neil of Hoosick Falls, NY. Kathleen spent her childhood in Hoosick Falls and graduated from St. Mary's Academy. She felt called by God to religious life and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Corondolet as Sister Margaret Anne. After earning a degree in elementary education from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY, Kathleen became a teacher and served many communities throughout the state; including Amsterdam, New Hartford, Fort Edward, St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls and St. Jude's in Wynantskill. The majority of her career was spent at St. Augustine's School in Troy, NY and she retired from School Number Two in the Troy City School District after 44 years as a dedicated educator. Kathleen lived joyfully, with a strong love for music, Irish heritage, traveling with friends and family, and the Boston Red Sox. She was known for her beautiful singing voice that she shared at many weddings, funerals, and family gatherings. Kathleen was involved in many community organizations such as the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, the Boy's Club, the Sister of St.Joseph of Corondolet Associates, charter membership of the Waterford Columbiettes, and the Canonaire singing group of Watervliet. Kathleen was predeceased by her parents, her siblings, Francis (Chuck) O'Neil, Margaret O'Neil Keegan, Mary O'Neil Sutherland, Anne O'Neil Greenwood, and James O'Neil.; nephews, George Sutherland, James Sutherland and Ron Greenwood. She is survived by nieces, Joan (Keegan) DeRosa, Mary (Sutherland) Snyder, Kathleen (Greenwood) Hauser, Margaret (O'Neil) Hansen, Marie O'Neil-Ferrannini, Donna (O'Neil) Hopkins, Mary (Keegan) Schmigel, and a nephew, James Keegan. She will be missed by them as well as the rest of her family and the multitude of friends gained over a long and happy life. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will be Saturday, October 31 at 10a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30a.m. from the church of the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will follow the mass at St. Mary's Cemetery Hoosick Falls. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, October 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Corondolet through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 29, 2015
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