Nancy O’Neill, 81, of Rochester, died Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Seasons Hospice House surrounded by her family.
Nancy was born April 11, 1938, in Rochester, to Harry and Nellie (Snow) Fryer. Nancy graduated from Lourdes High School, and married on June 23, 1956, at St. John’s Catholic Church. A year later, Nancy moved to a farm in rural Rochester, where she became a homemaker and a mother to her seven children. Nancy was diagnosed in 1990 with end-stage COPD. Soon after, she divorced and moved back into town with her youngest son, and purchased a new car and forever home.
Nancy belonged to the Altar Society at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church and was an active member for over 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards in a card club with her friends.
While on the farm, Nancy acquired many skills, including sewing, cooking, gardening, canning, doing upholstery, making home repairs, and completing farm chores. The top two joys in her life were taking great care of her children and the feeling of being needed, whether she was giving others a helping hand or useful advice.
Nancy is survived by her children, Bridget (Tony) Mueller, Jeff O’Neill, Joe O’Neill, Colleen (Daryl) Mowrer, Jerry O’Neill, and Andy O’Neill (all of Rochester); daughter-in-law, Kathy O’Neill; nine grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters; siblings, Robert Fryer (Austin), Gail Fieck (Grand Meadow), and Charlie (Arla) Fryer (Fairbury, Neb.); sisters-in-law, Marilyn Fryer, Peggy O’Neill, Phyllis O’Neill, and Nancy Nelson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Fryer; sister, Pam Gilsrud; and son, Tim O’Neill.
The memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at St. Bridget’s Church in Simpson, with Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rosary Service starting at 7 p.m., as well as one hour prior to the Mass.
The family wishes to express gratitude to Seasons Hospice for their care and compassion.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.