Erin Marie O'Neil Olsen, age 54, of Erie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at her home after a short, but diligent, battle with cancer. She was born in Lawrence Park on February 2, 1959, the daughter of Joseph L. O'Neil, and the late Rose Marie Rohan O'Neil. Erin was a graduate of Harbor Creek High School. She was a kind person who cherished her time with the achievements of her clients at the Barber National Institute, where she worked for over 20 years. Erin was important to her clients, as she was to all of us, in her own special way. She loved gardening, Koala bears, and her rascal cats, Yukon and Cornelius, and the late Henny and Lovey. She especially loved being "Pool Princess" at her brother's homes. She was a good cook and her family always looked forward to her baking, her infectious smile and captivating laughter. Erin is survived by her husband, Todd Olsen of Erie; her father, Joseph O'Neil and his dear friend Shirley Sonney, both of Erie; two brothers, Patrick O'Neil (Janet) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Jeffrey O'Neil (Terri) of Erie; many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel. Family and friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Rd., on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited to attend the Funeral Service there on Thursday at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. James McCormick, Pastor, St. James R.C. Church. Interment, Mary, Queen of Peace Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to the Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, PA 16505, VNA Nursing & Hospice Services of Erie County, 2253 W. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16506 or ANNA Shelter, 1555 E. 10th St., Erie, PA 16511. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 26, 2013