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Elvira O'Neill


Elvira O’Neill, age 87, of Lincoln Park, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Elvira was born in Havana, Cuba. In her early twenties, she emigrated to the United States and initially settled in New York City. It was there that she met her husband John and they married in 1957. After starting a family, Elvira and John moved to Garfield and later to Lincoln Park where they raised their four children. They enjoyed a marriage that spanned twenty four years until John’s passing in 1981.

Elvira was the loving mother of Maureen O’Neill of Lincoln Park, John and his wife Mary O’Neill of Ellicott City, Maryland, Linda and her husband Robert Schaal of Riverdale, and Margaret O’Neill of Verona. She was the cherished grandmother of Lisa and Jaclyn Schaal, and Michael, Evan and Jillian O’Neill. Surviving also are her dear sister Mercedes Mesa of Tampa, Florida, many dear nieces and nephews and their families, and her devoted dog Chanel. Elvira was predeceased by her beloved husband John in 1981, her parents Francisco and Aracelia Rivero, her sister Caridad Otero, and her brother Francisco Rivero.

Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from the funeral home then to St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, 216 Comly Road, Lincoln Park, where a 10:00 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Elvira’s name are asked to consider St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105-9959 ( or the Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834-1365 (


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My sincere sympathy to you all on your loss. Lisa Schaal co-worker Debbie Cortez

Debbie Cortez


So very sorry for all of you. She was a great mom who will be remembered and missed.

Heidi Schaeffer Linsalata


My deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom.

Lisa McEntee


My heartfelt sympathy to you Margaret and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sharon Liberta

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