Suellen A.O'Neill Print E-mail

Suellen A. O’Neill

Well known Community volunteer

Suellen A. O'Neill, 72, of Lowell, a member of a widely known Lowell family, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening at D'Youville Advanced Care Center in Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 30, 1946, a daughter of the late Charles T. (Ted) and the late Veronica (Leahy) O'Neill, she attended 

St. Patrick Grammar School and was a graduate of Lowell High School in 1965.

Suellen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Lesley University. In addition she attained Associate's Degrees from both Johnson & Wales University and Bay State College.

Ms. O’Neill worked for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank as the director of the Mobile Pantry and Summer Feeding Programs before her retirement.

Active in fundraising for several organizations, she supported all Food Bank Programs, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell General Cancer Center and St. Patrick’s Irish Cultural Committee.

Suellen also served on the Boards for the Lowell Council on Aging, Lowell Hunger Homeless Commission, and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Lowell Department of Transitional Assistance.

Ms. O’Neill is survived by three brothers, Charles T. (Ted) O’Neill and his wife, Mary Ellen Neylon, of Naples, FL; Robert K. O’Neill and his wife, Helen, of Gilbert AZ, and J. Patrick O’Neill and his wife, Sharon, of Belmont; three sisters, Michaelene O’Neill McCann, of York Beach, ME; Elena H. Lovett and her husband, Thomas, of Marion, and Maura O’Neill Walsh, and her husband, Richard, of So Yarmouth. She is also survived by 18 loving nieces and nephews and 20 grand nieces and nephews. She was the sister-in-law of the late Eugene Patrick McCann.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning January 14, 2018 at ST. PATRICK CHURCH in LOWELL at 11 o'clock followed by burial of her ashes at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at For those who wish, contributions may be made in Suellen O’Neill’s memory to The Merrimack Valley Food Bank, POB 8638, Lowell, MA 01853 or St. Patrick Grammar School, 311 Adams St. Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL (978) 458-8768.  





Condolences (8)
  • Maura Ammon  - So sorry
    I just heard the news of Suellen's passing. I worked for many years as a social worker with Circle Home/VNA of Greater Lowell. She was always so wonderful and helpful even if you called her late in the day. I sent many referrals her ways during my years as a homecare social worker. I was sad to hear when she was retiring (selfishly) but was happy for the fun that was ahead for her. I am truly sorry for your loss. She was an amazing person and I was so fortunate to know her. She will be missed.
  • Paul McNulty  - Suellen
    To All The O'Neills, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of Suellen. I have nothing but fond memories of her from my days in The Acre and St. Pats. Paul
  • George Moriarty  - Fond Memories
    I was so very sorry to hear from Paul McNulty about Suellen. Joe Rodgers and Dennis Dube also noted her passing. I think back to all of us hanging out together. We had a great group of friends who managed to have a good time and be responsible while doing so. Suellen was also my prom date senior year. I hope she danced through life!
  • Marianne McDermott  - Sympathy and Gratitude from The Caleb Group
    Our heartfelt condolences to Suellen's family and friends. She was a wonderful person. We had the privilege of working with her and learning from her while she was at the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. Her energy, optimism, enthusiasm and style helped make the summer programs in Lowell terrific. She was a pleasure to work with. She made the world a better place and will be greatly missed.
  • Hanne Favelukes  - Condolences
    My sincere condolences to Suellens brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews Hanne Favelukes Née York
  • Mckinnon family  - Sorry for the loss of sue
    The O’Neill family has always been a large part of our life what would Christmas. Eve be without the O’Neill family Though weddings showers and everything else we’ve all been together.. you all are in our thoughts and prayers
  • Beverly Bennett-Maine & Bruce  - My Cousin was a Tough Cookie!
    My husband Bruce and myself want to express our condolences to all of Suellen's brothers, sisters and all her friends. My favorite story of Susie is when she babysat my sister Roberta, my brother Barry and myself. Susie LOVED to cook. We were so happy when she came from Lowell to Cambridge to watch us because the minute she got in the house she was baking cakes from scratch. I think she made us a different one every day. My Dad (Harold) finally told Susie she could bake a cake once a week because he could not eat a whole cake every other day, but he tried. Oh - AND they were DELICIOUS! In my memory Susie was the BEST Babysitter we ever had and she was a Peach then and she will remain that way in my heart forever.
  • Kathy Rogers  - Suellen was a positive spirit
    My heartfelt sympathy to Suellen's family. I met Suellen through my volunteer work with the Mobile Food Pantry. She was a kind person who brought her infectious smile and positive spirit with her everywhere she went. Her legacy of giving and caring for others lives on through everyone she touched. The world is a better because of her. Suellen will be greatly missed.
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