PATRICIA ANN O’NEIL, age 87, of West Chicago

Written by Brust Funeral Home on April 10th, 2019

PatriciaAnnOneilPatricia Ann O’Neil, age 87 of West Chicago. Loving mother to James (Kelli) Buchanan, Mark (Wendy) Buchanan, Bill (Laurie) Kapsalis, Tom Hardesty and Tammy Hardesty; Loving grandmother to Rebecca Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, Justin McMillen, Gavin McMillen, Eric Charf, Megan Kapsalis, Alexandria Kapsalis, Nicole Kapsalis, 5 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; dear sister of Rose Zank and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Patricia grew up in Canton IL and spent her early years on her grandparent’s Petersen farm. Her father, Edward, worked for the International Harvester Company which led to their moving to Galesburg, Decatur, Rock Island and finally Melrose Park IL where she graduated from Proviso Township high school. After high school she graduated from the MacCormac School of Commerce and raised her family in Lombard IL. She ended her professional career at Glidden Paints as a wall paper coordinator.

She had an enormous love for her children (especially the third child), took pleasure in playing card games, enjoyed gardening, loved animals (her favorite being lady bugs) and bird watching. She was an early social justice warrior by writing letters (and then emails) to companies, politicians, newspaper, television and radio stations to point out the injustice in the world.

She will not only be missed by her family, but by everyone who came to know her.



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