Rosaleen Doyle O’Neill died peacefully at home on March 28, 2020. She was 89.
Born into a prominent San Francisco family, Rosaleen graduated from Dominican Convent in 1948. She completed some coursework at Dominican College before joining her parents and Aunt on an extended European vacation. That holiday ignited her love of Europe and she later attended The American Conservatory at Fointainebleau where she studied piano under Nadia Boulanger.
In the late 50s, Rosaleen traveled to Europe again and when in Rome, at her brother’s urging, she telephoned his close friend, Jim O’Neill. They immediately fell in love and were married in Rome in June 1960. Rosaleen, Jim, and their four Roman-born children: Katie, Mary, Brigid, and Sean, lived “la dolce vita” until the Summer of 1975. Upon returning to the US, Rosaleen found the perfect house in Rye and she lived there until her death.
Rosaleen had many interests. She volunteered for many local charities, fostered a child for nearly three years, played tennis, swam regularly, attended the Metropolitan Opera seasonally, and volunteered for the Rye Democrats. In the end, her heart belonged to Meals on Wheels where she started as a driver, became the Chairman, and wore many other hats.
Rosaleen will be remembered for her love of dogs, music, and wine. She was an enthusiastic and loyal friend and mother. She possessed an indomitable spirit and brought joy to so many. Her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren will miss her terribly. Rosaleen will also be missed by her two sisters in San Francisco, a myriad of nieces and nephews, and many friends.
A celebration of Rosaleen’s life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Memory of Rosaleen O’Neill to:
Meals on Wheels of P.C., Rye and Rye Brook, PO Box 555, Rye, NY 10580 OR
Humane Society of Westchester, 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801
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