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Jean E. O’Neil


MASSENA- Jean E. O’Neil, 85, of 38 Ames Street, passed away peacefully at her home, early Wednesday morning, April 9, 2014. She had been in failing health for the past three years.

Jean was born, December 21, 1928, in Massena, daughter of the late James and Mabel Countryman Losey. After graduating from Massena High School, she married Hubert A. Corey who predeceased her on September 4, 1950. She later married Harold Ernest O’Neil who predeceased her on September 2, 1970.

Jean first went to work for the Corp of Engineers at the Seaway in 1952, for five years, and then worked for Pellegrino’s for several years. Then she worked at the St. Lawrence Seaway as a secretary until her retirement in 1994. She was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she was active at their social functions, and she was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.

She enjoyed boating and camping at Fish Creek, and working at the rummage sales, lunches and other fund raisers at St. John’s Church. Jean appreciated fall foliage and her rides through the Adirondack’s to see it.

Jean is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Nancy Corey, Massena; a grandson, Jason and Kara Corey, Chittenango, NY; a granddaughter Shannon Atkinson, NC; three great grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews.

Besides her husbands, Jean was predeceased by a son, Alvin J. Corey, July 6, 1969; a sister, Freta A. McDonald, October 14, 2002; and two brothers, Howard F. Losey, October 8, 1980; and Raymond “Bud” Losey, June 28, 2013.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home on Monday, April 14th from 2-4 PM, where funeral services will be held at 4:00, with Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery Area #2, Massena.

Memorial donations can be made in Jean’s memory to the Massena Rescue Squad or Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.

Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, where memories and condolences may be shared at

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