Helen M. O'Neill (1917 - 2010)

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - Helen M. O'Neill, 92, passed away on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Helen was born to Edward and Bessie Meyer in Sheboygan, Wis., on April 13, 1917.

She married the love of her life, Wayne "Red" O'Neill in Sundance, Wyo., on Sept. 19, 1941. They moved to their ranch near Hermosa, S.D., and lived there until they retired in 1992.

Upon receiving her teacher's certificate from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., Helen taught in rural schools of Pennington County for four years before becoming a full-time rancher's wife and mother. She also worked at Braun's Clothiers for 20 years; as an auctioneer clerk for 10 years; and as the Hermosa postmaster for three years. She was active with Hermosa Congregational Church, Hermosa Eastern Star, and many other volunteer activities for the community.

Helen was an avid reader of books, which kept her mind active and until recently was a huge fan of playing cards; she loved to meet with her bridge group.

She is survived by her wonderful husband of 68 years, Red O'Neill of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter, Judy (Woody) Germany of Missoula; son, Terry (Wendy) O'Neill of Bozeman; grandson, Jason (Aimee) Germany of Seattle; brother, James (Joan) Meyer of Beloit, Wis.; and sister, Kaye Balco of San Mateo, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Brian, Edward and Wilbur; two sisters, Marion and Joyce; and grandson, Troy O'Neill.

Memorials have been established for the Hermosa Congregational Church, P.O. Box 265, Hermosa, SD 57744; and the Hermosa Eastern Star Chapter, c/o Claire Scott, 24934 Four Wheel Drive, Custer, SD 57730.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Houser and TCU 7NE nurses at Rapid City Regional for their wonderful care of Helen; we so much appreciated their concerns.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Kirk Funeral Home, 1051 E. Minnesota St., Rapid City, S.D., the Rev. Diane Jensen-Hemmen officiating.

Online guestbook is available at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 16, 2010
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