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“My deepest sympathies to Mike's family. I worked at the VA during those same thirty years. I have many fun memories that may have been hinted at in...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Barbara Burd - Wilmington, DE

“Our deepest sympathy to Mike's family. We worked with Mike for many years at the VA Hospital and were saddened by his passing. Prayers to his loved...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Ed Yates - Naples, FL - Coworker

“Eleanor & Family, I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a good friend who will be missed by many including myself.We met in 2000 and...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Eleanor and Family,I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. He was a fun-loving individual who was a great friend to my parents. I know my dad...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Beth and Pete Casper - Hockessin, DE

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, we are so sorry for your loss. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Sharon McCracken - North East, MD

“thinking of you pat and family ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: laurie - DE

“We are very sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne and Conni Ostafy - DE

“Good memories of times in Lewes when Mike told stories of the Sea Witch and pirates to our girls. They thought he was the greatest. A good guy. ...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Peg Murphy - Elizabethtown, PA

“Heartfelt prayers go out to my dear, sweet friend Eleanor, her boys and all the family. Mike will be so missed by so many. Love, Kate ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Kate O'Brien - DE - Friend

“My memories span over 20 years seeing Mike in his classic jeans and flannels, international ball cap, hunting clothes with a cup of wawa coffee in...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Stephen Hands - Kennett square, PA

“Dear Eleanor and family, I am so very sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was one of the best. I know he was a super husband as he loved his Eleanor...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Joani Schuler - Milton, DE

“So sorry to hear this - Mike was a great guy and great friend to my parents and family. RIP ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Kathleen Garrett - Lemoyne, PA

“Eleanor and Family,Mike was one of the good andfun Yorklyn boys.Our sympathy and prayers to all of you.Love,Stump and Barbara Miller ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was a good friend of my family and he was a great friend to my parents. You are in my prayers. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Bonnie Fields - Washington, PA

“I grew up with Mike in Brick Row Yorklyn, De. I am a little older and when I got my driver license I would take Mike with me at times. The Phillis...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Hoosier - Millville, DE

“Mike will be sadly missed by many. A very unique individual who would do anything for anyone. A man who kept you laughing all the time. He was...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Mcvaugh - Hockessin, DE


Joseph Michael O'Neill Sr. (Mike), 74 of Hockessin DE, formerly of Yorklyn, DE, died February 25, 2017 peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He attended Yorklyn Elementary school and graduated from Salesianum in 1960. He retired from the VA hospital in Elsmere in 1997, after 30 years as a maintenance supervisor. He was predeceased by his parents Arthur W. O'Neill and Catherine Mildred McGovern O'Neill. Mike cherished spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, coaching baseball, the beach, country-western music and time spent in the Pennsylvania mountains. Mike was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was unapologetically himself and full of life with a colorful story or joke to tell. He lived life on his own terms, and he was definitely one of a kind.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Eleanor Malin O'Neill. He is also survived by his three sons: Joseph Michael O'Neill Jr. (Tracey), Patrick W. O'Neill (Lidia), Timothy B. O'Neill (Michelle), and his six grandchildren, who were the apples of his eye, Caitlin E., Shannon L., Tyler A., Casey A., Jamie L. and Brady C. As well as brothers-in-law Billy Malin (Nancy), Dickie Malin (Rhonda), cousins Dyanne Gerhart (Dave), Jerre Garrett, and numerous nephews and cousins. He was fortunate to have, as a lifelong best friend, Donnie Cazier Sr.

A viewing will be held at St Mary's of the Assumption, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707 on Thursday March 2, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated immediately following the viewing. Interment will be at Saint Parick's Cemetery, 1528 Ashland Clinton School Road Hockessin, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to a charity of your choice.