Jul 24,1940---May 13,2022

07/24/1940 – 05/13/2022

 

Marion Welch O’Neill, 81, Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on May 13, 2022 after a short illness. She was born July 24, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to Howard Andrew Welch, Sr. and Sylvia Grigsby Welch. She is survived by her husband, Bernard V. O’Neill Jr.; three children: Patrick Flynn O’Neill (Ruth Castillo), Concord, CA; Marie Sylvia O’Neill (Daniel Zahn), Ann Arbor, MI; Catherine O’Neill Goodbred (Steven L. Goodbred Jr.), Brentwood, Tennessee; and grandchildren Colin Goodbred, Liam O’Neill (Madeline), Matthew Goodbred, Brendan Goodbred, Audrey Zahn, and Declan O’Neill. She is also survived by two siblings:  Michael Francis Welch (Erin), Coronado Island, CA; and Sylvia Annette Welch (Deborah), Piermont, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Marion is preceded in death by her parents, Howard A. Welch, Sr. and Sylvia Grigsby Welch; her brothers Howard A. Welch, Jr., and John Bennett Welch; and her sister Nancy Marshall Welch.

 Marion grew up in Wilmette, Illinois and attended St Francis Xavier Catholic School and New Trier High School. Marion enjoyed sailing as a Mariner Scout on Lake Michigan and played clarinet and piano.  She received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and Spanish literature from Brown University where she met husband Bernard who she married on August 21, 1965. She was active in raising Patrick, Marie and Catherine while studying law at University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC).  After earning her J.D., Marion clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy at the Missouri Court of Appeals, practiced corporate law, and helped found the Low Income Tax Clinic at the UMKC School of Law in 1999. In her retirement, she served as treasurer of the Institut de la Causerie Francaise, Kansas City branch. She brought immense joy into the lives of her husband, children, extended family and friends and will be dearly missed.

 Services:  Rosary and visitation at Porter Funeral Home, on Tuesday May 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, on Wednesday May 18 at 11:30 a.m. followed by private internment at Resurrection Cemetery (all located in Overland Park, Kansas).

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to:

 Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

9720 West 87th Street

Overland Park, KS 66212

https://catholiccharitiesks.org/donate/

 

Holy Spirit Catholic Church

11300 W 103rd Street

Overland Park, Kansas 66214

https://www.hscatholic.org/give

 



Condolences

Susan Osborn May 14 ,2022

Friend from La Causerie Francaise ,Mission ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful friend.

Christy Sirridge May 14 ,2022

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Pat and I spent many evenings with Bernie and Marion. Marion was such a loving, giving person and I feel so fortunate to have been her friend. Keeping Bernie and her entire family in my thoughts and prayers. Marion will be greatly missed! đź’•

Jane salles May 14 ,2022

Amigo ,Belo Horizonte

Meus sentimentos Ă  toda famĂ­lia !

Theresa Levings May 15 ,2022

Classmate ,Kansas CIty ,Missouri

I am so sorry for your loss. Marion and I were law school classmates in Section A. She was smart, good humored and completely a lovely person in all ways. In law school she was quiet and modest but her intelligence spoke for itself. We rarely ran across each other after law school but she is a classmate I remember fondly and the kind of lawyer who made the profession look good.

Vicki James May 15 ,2022

former neighbor and friend ,Spring Hilll ,Kansas

My thoughts and prays are with Bernard and the children and grandchildren. Marion was a wonderful neighbor and friend and will always how kind and sweet she was to me and my entire family. God be with you all during this time and know that I am thinking and praysing for you all.

Judy Hexter Riskind May 15 ,2022

Friend ,Tucson ,Arizona

Barney (Marion’s nickname ) was my roommate junior and senior years at Brown University. She was a best friend, a confidant, so intelligent,a great athlete, so helpful and kind. We were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. We kept in touch over the years, sharing the adventures of marriage and motherhood and grand motherhood. I will miss her terribly. Sending much love and deep sympathy to Bernie and all the family. You are the wonderful legacy Barney has left. God bless you all. Judy Hexter Riskind

Pamela White May 15 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Marion was a talented woman, in addition to her many accomplishments she was a wonderful photographer. Warm, friendly we were briefly in Italian class together but afterwards she always stopped to chat. A memorable person she was kindness personified.

Lawrence Braden May 16 ,2022

Family Friend ,Concord ,New Hampshire

Marion and her family were my closest friends. Her brother lived right across the street and we saw each other every day of the year. When her brother died I was left feeling bereft; that has never passed from the depth of my soul. That feeling extended to all his family; this was a new experience for me. My life is much the poorer for Barney's passing. I look forward to seeing her again in Heaven! Larry

Scott Pytluk May 17 ,2022

Friend ,Chicago ,Illinois

Dearest Marie and Bernard and Catherine and family, Please accept my warmest and most loving condolences on your loss. I have such lovely memories of spending time with Marion and al of you back in Marie’s and my college days. Wishing for you much peace and a sense of meaning as you grieve.

Amanda Benson May 17 ,2022

Frienf

Dear Catherine, I knew your mother only through you. You, like your mother, have been such a vibrant and loving mother to your children. Your warmth and brilliance penetrates those around you. She will live on through you. Love you Amanda add us the boys

Mercedes Carnethon May 17 ,2022

Friend of Marie ,Chicago ,Illinois

Dear Marie, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Though I never had the opportunity to meet your mother, she raised such an amazing and kind daughter who I am proud to have as a friend. Her life sounds amazing and I hope I can use her as a model as I raise my little children. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during this difficult time. Merci, Aston, Aston III and Emery

Simone Charles May 18 ,2022

Dear Marie and O'Neill family, My greatest condolences on the passing of your mom. May God continue to comfort you and your family during this season of life. May your memories of your mom bring you peace and smiles. Again, my condolences. --Simone

Gibran Washington May 18 ,2022

Colleague of daughter Marie O'Neill ,Detroit ,Michigan

I would like to extend my deepest condolences for the sudden loss of Marion Welch O'Neill and know that the amazing impactful life she lived will continue to be lived out with her spirit through her children and grandchildren. Without knowing her or meeting her personally, she would have been a really cool person to chat with about life based on working with her daughter Marie and the passion she brings to her work.

Event:
Rosary
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
May 17 ,2022
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Porter Funeral Home
Address:
8535 Monrovia St.
City:
Lenexa
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66215
Date:
May 17 ,2022
Time:
5:00 PM
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Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Address:
11300 W. 103rd St.
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66214
Date:
May 18 ,2022
Time:
11:30 AM
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