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O'NEILL, William P.

    Unknown Newspaper, Unknown Date, Contributed by Mark O'Neill

William P. O’Neill, one of the best known and highly esteemed citizens of Cresson, died at his home on Thursday night after an actual illness of but five days from diabetes, at the age of 37 years, 10 months and 23 days.

Mr. O’Neill had not been in good health for several months, but had attended to the duties of a clerical position on the Johnstown “Journal” up until Saturday last when he went home and took his bed, never again to take up the duties of his life’s work. His sufferings during the few days just passed were most terrible, but fortified by the last sacraments of the Catholic Church, of which he was a devout and a faithful member, and supported by the ministrations of a loving wife and family, kind neighbors and devoted friends as well as by the fortitude born of a faithful performance of the duties and responsibilities of life; he bore all with superhuman resignation and fortitude and passed to his eternity with serene faith and sublime confidence in the mercy and goodness of God.

William O’Neill was a splendid type of citizen. He was a loving husband, a devoted father and in his family life he was a credit to everyone. He was recognized among his neighbors as a man of reliability, honesty, sobriety and ability, and for many years was Secretary of the Cresson School Board and took an active interest in the affairs of his community. He was industrious and energetic and had cared well for the welfare of his home and family. He was a member of the C.M.B.A., a Catholic Beneficial Association and also of the order of Woodman.

William O’Neill was born in Munster township and he was a son of Mr. And Mrs. Felix O’Neill who were among the pioneer settlers of that vicinity, and was the youngest of a family of thirteen children.

In the fall of 1902 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Loretto, he was married by his uncle, the Rev. Father McHugh, of Pittsburgh, to Irene Kaylor, daughter of James J. and Cecelia Burke Kaylor, deceased.

To this union were born two sons, Edwin aged 7 years and Justin aged five and one daughter Cecelia, aged three years, who with the mother survive to mourn his loss and grieve for his comparatively sudden demise.

Of his own family Mr. O’Neill is survived by his venerable mother who resides in Cresson at the age of 85 years and by these sisters and brothers: Mrs. Walters, who resides with her mother in Cresson; Michael, of Altoona; Mrs. Samuel McIntosh, of Wilmore; Mrs. George Adams, of Cresson; Henry of Ashville, and Frank of Southfork.

To his beloved and sorrowing wife and her little children bereft and orphaned by the untimely hand of death we extend sympathy of family ties and Christian feeling, and we trust their little home so rudely wrecked by the hand of death may be cheered and encouraged by the light of the sublime faith and deep devotion which characterized the husband and father during his edifying life.

His funeral will occur at Cresson on Sunday morning. Mass will be offered for the repose of his soul at 10 o’clock by Rev. Father McHugh in St. Aloyisus Catholic church, at Cresson, and internment will be made in the Catholic cemetery at Loretto, where his father and several members of his family are buried. May his soul rest in peace.

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