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Ann O’Neill, CSJ

Sister Ann (Patrick Joseph) O’Neill, Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and ally to Native American peoples, died on January 15, 2021, at Carondelet Village in St. Paul. Ann was born in Williston, ND, to Joseph F. and Faith Irene (Delaney) O’Neill, on February 18, 1936. Ann entered the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1955. She earned a BA in Biology from The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN, in 1960 and an MA in Immunology from Wayne State School of Medicine. Ann worked as a Medical Technologist at Trinity Hospital in Jamestown, ND and St. Michael in Grand Forks, ND. After completing her Master’s Degree, Ann worked at 3M in Maplewood, MN, first in research and then in the Vision Care Surgical Products division. Ann’s desire to be an ally to the Native American communities was instilled in her by her father from a young age, while growing up in rural North Dakota.

Ann is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Mary (Grim) O’Neill, and brothers Joseph, Patrick, and Thomas O’Neill. Ann is survived by her brother James O’Neill; many nieces and nephews; grand nieces and nephews; dear friends; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:00 AM, in Our Lady of the Presentation Chapel, 1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, with burial following at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Social distancing, limited seating, and wearing masks required. Memorials preferred to the Earl and Kathy Hoagland Sacred Manoomin Fund, Catholic Community Foundation, 2610 University Ave W #500, St Paul, MN 55114.

Sister Ann, rest in love and peace.

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  1. Sheila McNellis Asato

    Sr. Ann was a dear friend to my family and me. We first met her when she came to Japan on a sabbatical. My great aunt Sr. Judith Stoughton introduced her to us. She soon became a regular at our home, staying often. The kids loved playing with her and we had so much fun sharing various aspects of Japanese culture together. I’ll never forget how open she was to trying anything, even food she had never seen before. We had so much fun attending Japanese festivals, riding bikes together along narrow Japanese roads and going to hot springs. She was such a good sport and a wonderful cultural ambassador making all around her feel comfortable and at home. When we moved back to Minnesota, she welcomed us warmly and was a great source of support as I learned how to re-adapt to American culture. I will always remember our fun conversations, her ever curious mind, warm heart and loving presence. She will be missed deeply.

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