REEDSVILLE - Sara O'Neil, 97, formerly of Gardenview, Reedsville, entered her eternal home at 7:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Ohesson Manor, Lewistown.
She was born on June 17, 1916, in Homer City. She was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Edna (Miller) Kunkle and the late Lucy Shirk Kunkle Martin.
Sara also was preceded in death by: an infant daughter in 1950; her husband, Leo O'Neil, in 1988; her son, David O'Neil, in 2002; her brother, Charles Kunkle, in 2004; and her sister, Goldie Javie, in 2007.
Sara is survived by: son, Daniel O'Neil and wife, Linda, of Lebanon; a stepbrother, Ronald Martin, of Maryland; daughter-in-law, Deborah O'Neil, of Milroy; sister-in-law, Frances Martin, of Georgia; grandchildren, Kevin O'Neil, of Milroy, Kimberly and husband, Aaron Bubb, of Reedsville, Shannon and husband, Russell Zellers, of Lebanon, and Colleen and husband, Patrick, of Reynoldburg, OH; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Ryan and Kate Zellers, Bryson, Chase and Caleb Bubb and Timothy Cassell. Sara also had many nieces and nephews she loved dearly living in York, Chicora, Champion, Pittsburgh and Indiana, Pa., as well as Arizona, Virginia, Georgia and Florida.
Sara was a member of the Reedsville United Methodist Church and Dorcas Sunday school class. She touched the lives of many children during the 50 years she taught Sunday school and Bible school in the church's children's department.
Early in life, Sara worked at McCory's 5 & 10, in Lewistown, then at the Kishacoquillas High School cafeteria for 26 years. She was a member of the Mifflin County School Retirees, and the Pennsylvania School Retirees. Sara was proud to have volunteered at Ohesson Manor for more than 30 years. During her time at each of these places, she formed may lasting and valued friendships.
Sara enjoyed reading and cooking, but more than anything, spending time laughing, telling stories and playing cards with her friends and family. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who admired and cherished her as a treasured part of their lives. Sara treated all with kindness and affection, and ensured all who were special to her knew of their place in her heart.
A celebration of Sara's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville, with Pastor Jean Ward officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home. A private interment will take place at Church Hill Cemetery, Reedsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reedsville United Methodist Church or the Ohesson Manor Activities Department.