Clara Ann O’Neil

“Our Family Treasure”

Clara, age 94, was born on Feb. 1, 1924 in Hillman, Minnesota, to William Block and Lillian Hesch Block. She passed away peacefully on April 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
Clara was a long-time resident of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Houston, Texas but resided in Denver, Colorado for the past five years of her life. She attended the University of Minnesota, receiving a BA in Home Economics, which led to a life-long career as an educator.
Clara taught at North Jr. H.S. in Rapid City, South Dakota, for 25+ years and participated in numerous educational organizations over the course of her career. She was a member of many Catholic organizations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas and Colorado, but most notably, the Knights of Columbus Ladies and the Office of Aging Ministry. When remembering Clara O’Neil, everyone says, “If you knew her, you loved her. She touched the lives of many.”
Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald J. O’Neil and daughter-in-law, Anita L. O’Neil. Clara is survived by her sons, Gregory J. O’Neil, Patrick M. O’Neil (Pamela), Thomas G. O’Neil (Susan Pilaszewski), and her daughter, Kathleen M. Oberle (Kerry); grandchildren, Kelle Oberle (Mark Bowersox), Kasey Oberle (Theodore Giliotti), Deva O’Neil, Sean O’Neil (Ashley O’Neil), Lauren O’Neil (Andrew Giordano) and Jay O’Neil; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Miles, August, Avery and Emmeline; siblings, Agnes, Lillian, Patricia, Archie (Gladys), and Belva.
A graveside memorial will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas, on May 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. A funeral mass in her honor will be held at St. Dominic’s Warren Chapel, in Houston Texas, on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Donations can be made in Clara’s name to The Denver Hospice in Denver, Colorado. For more information, photos and virtual guestbook, visit


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