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May 7, 1926 – March 6, 2013

Jeanne B. O’Neill of Orchard Park, a registered nurse and nursing instructor, died Wednesday in Garden Gate Health Care Facility, Cheektowaga, after a short illness. She was 86.

Born in Buffalo, the former Jeanne Burford rolled bandages for World War II soldiers as a Red Cross volunteer while she was a student at Tonawanda High School. She attended the University of Michigan School of Public Health and was a 1947 graduate of the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. O’Neill worked for the Erie County Health Department as a public health nurse from 1947 to 1954, then served as a registered nurse at various local hospitals for the next 10 years. In 1966, she became a licensed practical nursing instructor at Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca and taught there for 24 years.

After her retirement in 1990, she volunteered for 13 years for the American Red Cross as an ombudsman and advocate for the elderly at local nursing homes. In recognition of her work, the Red Cross named an award in her honor. She was the first recipient of the Jeanne B. O’Neill Outstanding Ombudsman Volunteer Service Award.

She was a member of the League of Women Voters and was a volunteer poll worker. She also was a member of the AARP, Nativity of Our Lord Outreach, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Seniors and various prayer groups.

She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and attending her grandchildren’s school plays, concerts, art exhibits, dance recitals and other events.

Surviving are two daughters, Maria A. Shea and Maureen; and a son, Louis Z. Almasi Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. next Saturday in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4536 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.