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Tuesday July 6th, 2021

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Shirley O'Neil

Shirley Ann O’Neil, 85, passed away on January 10, 2021 in Troy, New York. She was born July 6, 1935 in Troy, New York, the only child to her late parents Millard and Alma (Smith) Lee. Shirley is a graduate of Catholic Central High School (54) and received her BS in Education from The College of Saint Rose. Shirley had a long teaching career with the Lansingburgh School District and retired after 35 years of service. She had maintained close contact with her network of friends and associates from her time as an educator as well as many other lifelong friends. She valued her relationship with the Sisters of Saint Joseph and was honored by her role with the Albany Diocese Pastoral Center Committee. Shirley was a people person and always had a point of view to be shared.  She enjoyed reading, traveling, shopping, swimming and of course, having her hair and nails done.

Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Donald F. O’Neil. They had a beautiful 58 years of marriage, enjoying their retirement years with friends and family, including recent years in Zephyrhills, FL.  They returned to NY, settling in Ballston Spa, NY. Shirley was proud of and cherished her entire family, especially her children: Maureen (Davis) and husband Peter, Mark and his wife Wendy, Matthew and his wife Donna, and Megan (Duncan) and her husband Mark. She was blessed with and loved by 8 grandchildren: Nicholas, Rachel, Taylor, Christopher, Rebecca, Riley, Robert and Scott. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Nancy Jette and many relatives, especially the extended Smith Family.

In addition to her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her son Michael Patrick O’Neil, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Sally O’Neil.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Saint Joseph Provincial House, 385 Watervliet Shaker Rd Latham, NY 12110.

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Don and family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of dear Shirley. She was a wonderful member of the O'Neil family, caring wife and mother, valued teacher and devoted member of the community. I know how much Don's cousins, my mother Ruth Powers Kelly and my aunt Marjorie Powers, loved being with and talking with Don and Shirley. They enjoyed a wonderful and memorable trip to Ireland organized by Shirley. Shirley O'Neil and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue Kelly Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

Mr. O'Neil, Mark, Maureen , Matthew, Megan and Family,From the time I met Mrs. O'Neil at LaSalle Institute and throughout her teaching career for Lansingburgh, I knew her as a devoted wife, a most dedicated and outstanding teacher and, most importantly, as a loving mother for her children. Family was always first and foremost with Mrs. O'Neil as evidenced by the children she raised. A quick question of " how are your children" was usually followed by "how much time do you have?"Yes, Mrs. O'Neil will surely be missed by all who knew and loved her, but we should all hold fast to all the great times, memories and experiences she shared with us.All who knew Mrs. O'Neil are better people because she taught us how be positive and how to appreciate life....each and every day.

David Kissick Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Mr. O'Neil, Maureen, Mark, Matt, Megan, and family: We are so very sorry to hear of your tremendous loss with the passing of your lovely wife, Mom, and Grandmother. We are holding all of you close in thought and prayer, and have faith Shirley is spreading her light and laughter throughout Heaven. She will be sorely missed!With sympathy and friendship,Chris and Brian Fox and family

Christine Fox Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM

I had Shirley for my teacher in Lansingburgh wonderful women stern yet playful great teacher she will be missed by all who got to know her God Bless

joseph Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM

Don & Family,Our deepest sympathy in your loss of Shirley. Our prayers are with you at this time for strength and comfort knowing that others share in your sadness. May your family and friends surround you during this of grief with love and peace. Deeply Sorry with Sympathy, Leonard & Barbara Johnson

Leonard & Barbara Johnson Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

A fellow "Rosebud" from the Troy Chapter, I remember Shirley as such a vibrant, joyous and upbeat person. My prayers and sympathy to her husband and family.Barbara A. Carr, CSR"54.

Barbara A Carr Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

Have many fond memories of times spent with Shirley and Don and their family. Very sorry to hear of her passing. Our sympathy to Don, Maureen, Mark, Matt and Meg. You are all in our prayersBetsy and Dick Harte

Harte Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

I would like to offer my heartfelt sympathy to the O'Neil family for their loss and pray they have wonderful memories that will comfort them and give them peace.

Sharon Weaver6 Jan 13 2021 12:00 AM

Matt and Family, So sorry to hear about Shirley...getting to know her through the Revere Drive years and beyond I saw how much she meant to you all and you all to her.Kevin Constantine

Kevin Constantine Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

As you grieve know that we are thinking of you all.carol & Rudy Caiazza

carol & Rudy Caiazza Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM