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Alyssa J. O'Neill, age 18, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at her residence in Millcreek. Born in Erie on July 27, 1995, she was a daughter of Jason and Sarah (Parsons) O'Neill.
Alyssa was a 2013 graduate of McDowell High School, and was entering her freshman year at Penn State Erie-The Behrend College. While at McDowell, she was a member of the cheerleading squad and participated in competitive cheerleading. She was an Ambassador for the Epilepsy Project.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jace O'Neill, and two sisters, Ansley and Ava O'Neill, all at home; maternal grandparents, Larry and Chris Spaeder Proper, and Terry Parsons, all of Erie; paternal grandparents, Richard and Robyn O'Neill, of Pittsburgh; maternal great-grandmothers, Gert Spaeder and Roslyn Parsons, both of Erie; paternal great-grandmother, Val Jean Henzler, of Pittsburgh; her best friend and guardian, Dylan Ukasic, of Erie; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews. She was preceded in death by maternal grandfathers, Jerry Spaeder and Graham Parsons, Sr.; paternal grandfather, Milton Hensler; paternal grandmother, Lois O'Neill; and her uncle, Graham "Chip" Parsons.
Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, and may attend a Funeral Mass Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 806 West 26th Street. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Project, 1660 Wintergreen Lane, Fairview, PA 16415. Condolences and photos may be sent at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory
1595 West 38TH St.
Erie, PA 16508
Published in the Erie Times-News on Sept. 5, 2013