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.
The family will hold a Memorial Service at a date TBD (Summer 2021) with Interment at the Gerald Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
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