A lifetime resident of the area, Freida O’Neil passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. She was 54.
Freida was born in Winchester, on September 27, 1960, to her parents George and Nellie Hitsman (nee Markell). She attended Dixons Corners Public School and Seaway District High School.
On December 24, 1981, Freida married Bob O’Neil and together they had two children, Wanda and Jeff.
Freida was a pleasant lady who was always smiling and who took care of anyone in her neighbourhood who needed help. Family was Freida’s number one priority, and she had a big influence on everyone in her inner circle.
Freida enjoyed crafts, painting, scrapbooking and crocheting. She was an avid poker player and, when they were younger, she and Bob enjoyed going to dances. Country music was her favourite kind of music, and Elvis Presley was her favourite entertainer.
When her children were small, the family enjoyed camping at the Delta campground, but in more recent years she enjoyed her trailer at the Upper Canada Campground.
Freida is survived by her husband Bob O’Neil, her children Wanda Thompson (Art) of Morrisburg and Jeff O’Neil (Linda) of Morrisburg, her parents George Hitsman (Eunice Bovin) of R.R. #1 Iroquois and the late Nellie Hitsman.
She was the dear sister of Gloria O’Neil (Dalton Gibbons) of Winchester, Joe Hitsman (Rose) of R.R.# 2 Brinston, Kim O’Neil (Allen) of R.R.# 2 Iroquois and John Hitsman (Bonnie) of Shanly.
Nanny will be sadly missed by her grandchildren Dylan and Cole Thompson and Brianna, Sierra and Aliesha O’Neil. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Freida was predeceased by her great-niece Lacie O’Neil, her great-nephew Brodie Hitsman, her brothers-in-law Rick and Ralph O’Neil and her father-in-law Richard O’Neil.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 10th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Janet Evans officiating.
Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston. Pallbearers were Jeff O’Neil, Joe Hitsman, Dylan Thompson, Donald Barkley, Rick Shaver and Richard Sloan.
Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.