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JoAnn Catherine O'Neill
© Trout Funeral Home
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

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JoAnn Catherine O’Neill, long-time resident of the Ponca City area, died at Via Christi Village surrounded by her family on Thursday, August 17, 2017 just days after her 62nd wedding anniversary. This ended an eleven-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

Friends and family may come by Trout Funeral Home & Crematory on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Rosary Service will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Chapel of the Trout Funeral Home with the Deacon Robinson from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:00 am at St Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Carson Krittenbrink as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Ryan Meyer, Adam O'Neill, Blake O'Neill, Wesley O'Neill, John O'Neill, and Brian O'Neill. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Mike Perry, Adam Slattery, Derek Dotson, James Moore, and Kyle Miller.

JoAnn was the first-born child of Cletus F. and Anita Hodapp Zimmerman on January 22, 1936 in Harlan, Iowa. Her childhood was spent in Harlan. During the war years, the family lived in Uvalde, Dallas and Houston, Texas.

They moved to Ponca City in 1948, when her dad started employment with Continental Oil Company as chief pilot of the Aviation Department. She attended St. Mary’s School, graduating in 1954. Following high school, she attended Ponca City Business College and worked a short time at Conoco.

On August 13, 1955 she married her high school sweetheart, Ed O’Neill at St. Mary’s Church. The family lived in Ponca City until 1965 when they moved to their new home on the family dairy farm in Osage County. She loved living in the country and became a full partner in the dairy farm life. She would take on any job day or night, except for moving irrigation pipe. She lost her boots one too many times in the wet black gumbo and said enough of that! She helped her mother-in law, and later her sister-in-law, raise heifer calves. Over the years they raised over 2,000 calves.

After her children started school, she found time to be a 4-H club leader, member of the FFA Booster club, the Po-Hi Tip-Off and Dug-Out Club. She loved attending her son’s basketball and baseball games. She loved hosting feasts for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter for her large family. She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and enjoyed working bereavement dinners. She was most happy on her Kubota mower or Honda 4-wheeler on the farm. She lived on the farm 47 years before moving to Ponca City in 2012.

JoAnn is survived by her husband, Ed of the home, her daughter, Karen and husband Curtis Meyer of Ponca City, son, Mickey and wife Melissa of Oklahoma City, son, Gary and wife Darla of Oklahoma City, and son, Dale and wife Carla of Ponca City. JoAnn is also survived by her ten grandchildren, Michelle and Mike Perry of Bartlesville, Ryan Meyer of Houston, TX, Chelsey and Adam Slattery of Yukon, Mandi and Derek Dotson of Yukon, Mallory O’Neill of Oklahoma City, Morgan and Kyle Miller of Oklahoma City, Adam O’Neill of Oklahoma City, Kristina and James Moore of Minot, ND, Blake O’Neill and fiancée Emily of Yukon, Wesley O’Neill of Ponca City, step-grandchild, Thomas Moser of Oklahoma City, and former caretaker of JoAnn, Kayla Valencia and husband Devon of Ashland, KY, who they considered a grandchild, her four great grandchildren, Sydney and Allyson Perry, Jensen Moore and Nora Slattery and two step great-grandchildren, Madisyn Greene and Connor Scott. She is also survived by her brother, Clete and wife Mary Ann of Houston, brother-in-law Darvin Bordelon of Pearland, TX, brother-in-law, Jim and Pauline O’Neill of Ponca City, sister-in-law, Libby Long and husband, Mike of Sedan, KS. JoAnn also has 16 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Bernice Vorheis and Carol Bordelon.

In October 2015, JoAnn made the move to Via Christi. She adapted to life, always had a smile and never complained. Her favorite time was being pushed around the complex in her wheel chair where she would high-five the staff. The family was so proud of how she handled this transition and so thankful for the great care she received from Hospice of North Central Oklahoma and Via Christi.

Memorials are established at Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601 and St. Mary’s School Foundation, 415 S. 7th St, Ponca City, OK 74601.

The family will be at the daughter’s home, 2413 Copperfield Ave.

Ed O'Neill
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Submitted by: Glenn

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August 18, 1935 - January 30, 2021

Ed O’Neill, a life-long Ponca City resident, died at his home surrounded by family on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This ended a valiant and hard-fought battle against esophageal cancer. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W. Grand Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601.

The rosary service planned for 6:00 PM on Friday, February 5th at Trout Funeral Home has been cancelled due to Covid. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 6th at 10:00 AM, St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John O'Neill as celebrant. Face masks are required. Those unable to attend the Mass may attend virtually on the Trout Funeral Home website, www.troutfuneralhome.com. Click on the "live-stream" or toolbar icon on the top right corner after 9:45 AM.

Casket bearers will be grandsons, Ryan Meyer, Blake O’Neill, Adam O’Neill, Wesley O’Neill and nephews, John O’Neill and Brian O’Neill. Honorary casket bears are grandsons-in-laws Mike Perry, Adam Slatterly, Derek Dotson, James Moore, Kyle Miller and Steve Bowman.

Ed was the first-born child of Ernest O’Neill, an early settler to Osage Indian Territory, and Hilda Kreidler O’Neill, an Osage County school teacher, on August 18, 1935. Their family operated a dairy farm on the Arkansas River in the Osage. Ed was an inquisitive child and at an early age, developed his life-long passions for cars (until his death he tracked monthly new car sales), baseball (St. Louis Cardinals) and country music (classic country only). Ed attended St. Mary’s School, graduating in 1953. Ed was a member of the State Catholic basketball champs in 1952 and 1953. He was very active in 4-H and was the 1953 National Field Crops Winner at 4-H Congress in Chicago.

He met the love of his life in 8th grade at St. Mary’s. He and JoAnn Zimmerman were high school sweethearts and married in 1955. They were married for 62 years before her death in 2017. Their marriage was a great love story - a city girl, meeting a country boy. They enjoyed yearly visits to St. Louis to watch their Cardinals while making a detour through Branson, going to dances and music shows, never missing a Les Gilliam concert, and traveling as much as they could. Ed never met a backcountry road that he wasn’t afraid to go down. His theory - you never know what you are going to find and many a story came about from his travels through back roads across the USA.

Ed and his younger brother, Jimmy, assumed ownership of the dairy farm when their father died in 1959. With the help of their mother and three special mentors, C. A. Marchesoni, Marvin Anderson and LeRoy Speakman, they developed one of the highest producing herds of Registered Holsteins in the area. Ed was always willing to use progressive methods, utilizing state of the art equipment in irrigation, mechanized feeding systems, and herd development. Their farm was the site of numerous dairy field days showing the newest methods of dairying.

As a child of the Great Depression, Ed was an extremely hard worker. Not only a dairyman and farmer, he was a Farmers Union insurance agent and a Surge dairy equipment dealer. In is spare time he was an assistant basketball coach for St. Mary’s High School and very involved with his sons’ sports careers. He also was on the school board for St. Mary’s/Unity High School. Anyone that has played sports at Unity Gym owes thanks to Ed. He was the driving force to build Unity gym, determined his children would have better facilities than he played at St. Mary’s. His depression upbringing led to a life of frugality, but he was also known for his generous giving to others - especially to those down on their luck.

Ed is survived by: daughter, Karen and husband Curtis Meyer of Ponca City; sons, Mickey and wife, Melissa, of Oklahoma City, Gary and wife, Darla, of Oklahoma City, and Dale and wife, Carla, of Ponca City. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and friend, Lexyle Frost.

He is also survived by brother Jimmy O’Neill and wife Pauline, Ponca City, OK, sister Libby Long, Sedan, KS and brother-in-law Clete Zimmerman and wife Mary Ann, Houston, TX.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are established with St. Mary’s School Foundation, 415 S. Seventh St, Ponca City, OK; and Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview, Ponca City, OK.

With grateful hearts, the family would like to thank Hospice of North Central Oklahoma and his caregivers, Debby Fleharty, Melissa Higgins, Beth Reeves and Nannette Bufford.

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