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Juanita June O’Neil - July 10, 2012

Juanita June O’Neil was born to Roy Ellis and Pauline Mae (Dunham) Powell on June 6, 1928, in St. Francis, Kan., and passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home.
June went on to attend Kearney State College where she received her teaching certificate.
She was united in marriage to Wilfrid O’Neil on Dec. 26, 1951, in Benkelman, Neb. After their marriage, the couple moved to the O’Neil Family Ranch in Chase County and lived there for a few years.
They relocated to Denver, Colo., for a time before returning to Nebraska, living in Elsie, Neb., and then finally Imperial, Neb., where they lived out their lives.
June taught school in a one room schoolhouse in Crofton, Neb., before her marriage to Wilfrid. After their marriage she taught special education students in Cherry Creek, Colo. She taught high school English in Elsie, Neb., and then at Hiawatha.
Her last true love was helping those in need. She was employed as Director of Southwest Health and Human Services until she retired to spend more time with her family. June was active in her community as a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Altar Society, the Board of Housing, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Democratic Party. She had many interests, some of which were reading, playing bridge or pitch and spending time with her grandchildren. June really enjoyed games of chance, but she especially loved to win.
June was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfrid, on Sept. 10, 1998, and her parents.
She is survived by son Tom O’Neil and wife, Starla; son William O’Neil; daughter Sandy and husband, Fred Schellpeper Jr.; grandchildren Amy and husband, Kelley Axe, Willy O’Neil and wife, Allison, Skye O’Neil, Bill Schellpeper, Lindsay Schellpeper, Stephanie Schellpeper, Tobi Wallace, Sarah Zahakis and Roy O’Neil; great-grandchildren Lauren Axe, Cooper Axe, Charlotte Zahakis, Cyrus Zahakis, Jasmine Wallace, Collin O’Neil, Evan O’Neil and Lila O’Neil; brother James Powell and wife, Loretta.
Visitation was held July 12 at the funeral home in Imperial.
A Rosary was recited July 12 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Imperial.
Funeral Mass was held July 13, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Imperial with Fr. Bernard Lorenz officiating. Interment followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, Neb.
Marcy Nesbitt served as pianist and Ron Moritz was soloist. Casketbearers included Skye O’Neil, Bill Schellpeper, Willy O’Neil, Jamie Hanes, Roy O’Neil and Kelley Axe. Honorary casketbearers included Don Maucher, Mick Cotant, Mike Nesbitt, Con O’Neil, Tim Tyerman and Bill Hayes.
A memorial has been established in June’s memory.
Online condolences can be left at
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.