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Mary Anne Sterck O'Neil

Mary Anne Sterck O'Neil, age 67, entered eternal life on December 7, 2012. The loved and loving wife of 45 years of William E. O'Neil, she is also survived by her dear children W. Sean O'Neil (Jennifer) and Christian G. O'Neil (Courtney), and six grandchildren: Nathan, Max, Ian, Callie, Rivers and Christian O'Neil. She is also survived by siblings Clement J. Sterck (Donna), Clare S. Schelhammer (Glen) and Gregory L. Sterck (Betsy). She was pre-deceased by her infant son Christopher S. O'Neil and by her parents, Frank C. Sterck and Alice M. Sterck. Mary Anne was born September 8, 1945 and raised in Southern Connecticut. She then moved with her family to Miami, Florida and graduated from Immaculata Academy. She attended Loyola University of New Orleans and earned a Bachelor's degree in Education and graduated with honors. At Loyola she was a member of Theta Phi Alpha, the Homecoming Court, "Little Colonel" of the Pershing Rifles and won the Outstanding Co-ed Award. Education became a passion in her life and she taught at the Academy of Sacred Heart and later became the first female Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Martin's Episcopal School in Metairie. She also was a member of the Board of Visitors of St. Martin's Episcopal School, serving from 1991 until the present. Her reputation and service in education resulted in her appointment to Loyola University's President's Council and she served as Chairman of the Arts Visiting Committee. Mary Anne also earned an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design from Delgado Community College and owned and operated Mary Anne O'Neil Interiors, Inc. Her work was featured and recognized in numerous local publications. She was a very talented artist and loved spending time at her Mid-City Studio venue, where she painted with her co-artists and close friends. There are many patrons who will enjoy her artistic gifts for generations to come. The mixture of Mary Anne's profound courage, religious faith, positive attitude and contagious smile carried her through three years of rigorous chemotherapy as she battled ovarian cancer. During this time she continued to pursue all of her passions actively. She will be deeply missed by all of her loved ones. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at 4640 Canal Street in New Orleans on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. until Mass begins. A private interment for family members will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mary Anne Sterck O'Neil may be made to St. Martin's Episcopal School, 225 Green Acres Road, Metairie, Louisiana 70003-2484. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 8 to Dec. 11, 2012
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