CENTERVILLE – Katharine F. (Kassie) O’Neill, 92, formerly of Hyannis Port and Ashland, passed peacefully on Sunday, May 26th, 2019, at Mayflower Place, West Yarmouth, MA.
Beloved wife of Hugh G. O’Neill, she leaves behind her sons Andrew and Patrick, daughter Rosemary and her husband Daniel Gabaldon, daughter Anne Marie, grandson Matthew and his wife Natalia, her grandson Cavan, foster grandsons Aidan and Alex, and her great-grandson Carmelo. She is also survived by her siblings: Donald, James, Alice, Paul, and his wife Peggy, and adopted sister Margarita Cannava, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. Katharine is predeceased by her daughter Katharine M., and son Hugh Jr.
Katharine was born on September 26th, 1926 in Moorestown, New Jersey, the first of 12 children of Katharine Agnes D’Arcy and Edward William Fitzgerald. She attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School, and Moorestown High School. While in school, Katharine distinguished herself in Latin as well as penmanship and shorthand. After graduating, she worked for the Burlington County Trust Company in Moorestown, where she advanced to be the executive secretary for 9 years.
In 1949, while vacationing on the Jersey Shore, Katharine met Hugh O’Neill, the man she would know and love for over 70 years, and be married to for nearly 65. For Katharine, family was more important than anything else. She raised 6 children, tirelessly supporting them throughout many schools, and many school years, from making lunches to driving her children, along with the children of friends, to and from school, and camp, countless times, using her sturdy Ford Country Squire station wagon. Dignified, elegant, soft-spoken, and ceaselessly kind, Katharine supported multiple charities over the years, and even maintained a multi-decade correspondence with a pen pal in the UK that was started while she was in high school during World War II. Katharine had numerous lifelong pleasures, such as antiquing, and many fond memories, including the time she skipped a day of high school to see Frank Sinatra perform in person. Katharine sometimes described herself as meek, but her achievements, in her home, and with her family, were mighty. A woman of deep, unforgettable faith and love, Katharine, a cancer survivor, celebrated life every day, and would always end her sweetly memorable, gently embracing telephone calls with a heartfelt “God Bless.”
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 3rd, 2019, at 11:30 AM, in St. Francis Xavier Church, Hyannis, followed by a burial at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South Street, Hyannis, MA 02601, or Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fall River, P O Box 1470, Fall River, MA 02722 – 1470, or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.