Helen J. O’Neil

Helen J. (Cotter) O’Neil, 94, formerly of Wakefield, RI, Rehoboth, MA, and Warwick, RI, passed away peacefully on September 21, 2017, at home. She was the beloved wife of the late William H. O’Neil, Jr., for 62 years.  Born in Providence, RI on April 27, 1923, Helen was the daughter of the late Thomas L. and Anna T. (Kelly) Cotter. She was a graduate of Pembroke College in Brown University and the Rhode Island Hospital Training School for Nurses where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Working as a Registered Nurse in the operating room at Rhode Island Hospital, she developed and instructed a course for operating room nurses.  She was a member of the Rhode Island Hospital Nurses Alumni Association.  Helen was a very active and dedicated parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Wakefield, RI and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Seekonk, MA.  Helen is survived by her three daughters and five sons: Rosemary (J. Edward) Sirois of Seekonk, MA;  Annmarie (Michael) Burns of Attleboro, MA; Barbara (David) Flanagan of Hope Valley, RI; Michael  O’Neil of Manchester, NH; Stephen (Gale) O’Neil of Portsmouth, RI; Thomas (Margaret) O’Neil of Fairfield, CT; William (Laura) O’Neil of Plainville, MA; Paul (Andrea) O’Neil of Duxbury, MA; twenty-three grandchildren, a great-grandchild; and a brother, Leo Cotter of Salem, MA.   Helen was also the mother of the late David C. (Maureen) O’Neil, and sister of the late Thomas Paul Cotter, Marie T. Cotter, Barbara A. Morrison and Rosemary C. Cain.  Her funeral will be held Tuesday, September 26th at 8:30 am from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI with a  Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in Saint Luke’s Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, RI.  Burial will be in Saint Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket, RI.  Visiting hours will be Monday, September 25th from 5– 7 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s memory to the National Alzheimer’s Association, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906 will be appreciated.


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