William O'Neill

William Joseph O'Neill

Sunday, March 17th, 1946 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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William Joseph O’Neill, age 77, of Chicago, IL, died Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago.

Bill was born March 17, 1946 to the jubilation of his Irish father. He was the son of Leo and Geraldine (Moomey) O’Neill. He married the love of his life, Anne Marie O’Neill on December 27, 1981. Anne preceded him in death. His beloved dog, Spot, will be cared for by the family.

He was a longtime employee of the Illinois State Board of Education, ending his career working as an administrator for the American Academy of Dermatology. He was active in his Catholic faith, attending St. Ida Catholic Church.

It is difficult to find words to express the impact he made on the lives of his many nieces and nephews as he was always quick to invest his time, as well as his treasure, and was very influential in the lives of everyone he touched.

Cremation was accorded per his wishes, and he will be buried in a private graveside service next to his wife at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL. A Celebration of his life is tentatively scheduled for the fall for all friends and family to take part in a funeral mass, and then enjoy some laughs and tears, reminiscing a life well-lived.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Easterseals, 141 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 1400 A, Chicago, IL 60604, or Misericordia Heart of Mercy, 6300 North Ridge Ave., Chicago, IL 60660.
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Diane Krier-Morrow

Posted at 06:19pm
I was quite surprised to see Bill in today's death notice. I have been thinking about him. I am using the COVID pandemic to write a book Stories for my Granddaughter. I had written Christmas newsletters from 2000 forward, so I could not find accurate descriptions of all our time together. I first met Bill O'Neill in 1991. If it was not for his beloved wife Anne, then principal of St. Athanasius in Evanston, he would have never hired me. We were members of St. Joan of Arc parish in Evanston/Skokie and we were on a committee together. She mentioned that he had an opening, that I had previously applied for where he hired a guy who did not stay very long. Anne told Bill, Hire her. We worked together for 8 years at the American Academy of Dermatology. I was the last hire in Evanston and then made that miserable drive down Golf Road to Schaumburg, in its first building. I remember one of our first AAD meetings in San Francisco and the three of us were at a fancy restaurant on the wharf. Anne having been out buying cloisonne vases while Bill and I worked. I asked her why she bought so many at dinner. He explained that his brother just died and they were divvying up Dickie because his wife wanted to share his ashes with various family members. We were almost asked to leave the restaurant. We howled about this for years. Needless to say, Bill was usually fun, and he and Anne together were quite the pair. He really missed her after she passed so young.
Diane Krier-Morrow

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