Marie Dolores O’Neill, “Lori”, passed away May 5th, 2018 at Penn Hospice at 73 years of age. Beautiful, smart, tall, well-dressed, sophisticated and much loved, she favored her left-hand but persisted without complaint in the right-handed world. Marie was a favorite and much-loved relative and had many friends and companions over the years. She will be greatly missed.
Marie lived in the Oxford Circle section of Philly for 53 years and in the Logan/Art Museum area for 20 years. She loved Center City and the Logan Circle area including her 1880 home. She graduated from Saint Martin of Tours; Little Flower high, and received her degree from Temple University. She was a paralegal manager at Dechert LLP aka. Dechert Price and Rhodes, an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers in 28 locations around the world. When she retired has co-workers gave her cash and the firm matched the amount. Marie donated all of the money to the Lithuanian Orphans, we think in Georgia.
Her car was a Volkswagen that she kept in good repair for many, many years. She often loaned it to her older brother when he needed to travel to the Main Line to get his degree.
Marie loved her Sunbeam too. Her oldest brother rebuilt the top of the engine for which she was immensly grateful, but she gave up owning a car because it wasn’t much needed in center city. Two neighbors let her use their Prius and she often drove them to and from the airport.
Marie was a pianist as was her mother Philomena for whom her parents purchased a Cunningham player piano that is now in the care of Marie’s Niece Terree of Zionsville, PA. Marie’s parents purchased a Wurlitzer piano for her which is going to her grand niece Autumn in Massachusetts.
Her half great granduncles, Pat and Mike Shugrue were Sheriffs in Dodge City and Pat succeeded William B. (Bat) Masterson.
The Irish roots of Marie are long and deep with some ancestors coming from Castlemaine, others from Cork in Ireland and some from Germany, but the Lithuanian roots are deepest.
Grandpop O’Neill, — William J. Sr, who was Irish and German & grandmother Kathryn (Catherine?) Emanual Allison Raith whose father was a German Raith and her mother was an Irish Sughrue therefore Katherine was 50% Irish and 50% German whose Shugrue grandmother was an Irish Sughrue and Irish Flavahan from Timothy Sughrue and Julia Cronin. Cronin came from a Cronin and a McHenry. The Sughrue ancestors go back to about 1793. On the Raith (German) side the record shows it goes back to about 1760 or so in the South West of Germany and the area around Heidelberg, Baden-Wurtemburg and the Black Forrest.
On Mom’s side 100% Lithuanian.
Dad was 75% Irish, 25% German, – based on half of his fathers ancestry and half of his mothers. .
Marie was 50% Lithuanian from Mom and 37.5% Irish and 12.5% German from Dad although she was happier being known as Lithuanian.
‘Lori’ was clearly light-hearted and happiest in her Philly home and the Logan Circle and center city areas.
Marie loved cosmopolitan Philadelphia; great libations; and her nieces and nephews. Hobbies included trips to European and African locations, –Lithuania was a special trip as was her first international trip to Casablanca, Morocco in Africa, eventually travelling to Egypt where she toured the Nile river; to Prague, Paris, and Ireland as well as Nova Scotia and Kansas for her Shugrue family ancestors. Marie was an avid equestrian since her first pony ride on Higbee Street. She left behind two older brothers, Bill, an engineer, marketeer and manager, and Frank who lives on a small cow farm in Alabama which suits him just fine; five nieces, Terree, Traci, Suzanne, Nancy and Megan; one nephew, Christopher; five grandnieces Autumn, Sequoya, Aidyn, Bryn, and Francesca, four grandnephews, Hunter, Roark, Zachery and Egan, a grandniece Caroline, and a great grand step-nephew Alex Scofield of Philadelphia as well as her cousins Patricia Doyle-Kras, Ed, Dorthy and Dave Danasavich, Frank McDonald, Joe, Paul and Anton Stone. Her Dodge City ancestors, the twin sheriffs Pat and Mike Shugrue were born in County Kerry, Ireland. Marie was delighted to travel to Dodge City, Kansas for a Shugrue family reunion.
Marie rarely missed a birthday, a dance recital, or a family gathering. She enjoyed her independent cosmopolitan life in the city as well as her travels to other places and to the homes of her relatives. Her ashes will be suitably dispersed over the land. She remains deeply loved and locked forever within our hearts and our memory.