Pauline O'Neill

March 20, 1929February 3, 2019

Pauline O’Neill, 89 of Mt. Vision, and formerly of New Rochelle, N.Y. passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Pauline was born March 20, 1929, in New Rochelle, N.Y. the daughter of the late Everett and Marian (Gordon) Otis. She married Thomas O’Neill on July 1, 1950 in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, New Rochelle. She worked as a secretary for First National Trust Bank of New Rochelle until she started raising a family. She moved to Mt. Vision in 1989 where she enjoyed making new friends and working for days to host her annual "St. Patty's Day" party.

Pauline was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She served as a Cub Scout Den Mother. She also enjoyed knitting, and was an avid collector of cow memorabilia and had an extensive collection. Most of all Pauline enjoyed spending time with her family.

Pauline is survived by her husband, Thomas O’Neill of Mt. Vision; her 4 children, Brian (Nancy) O’Neill, of New Rochelle, Matthew of Milford, Suellen (John) O’Malley of New Rochelle, and Laurie (Charles) O’Neill-Shipley of Laurens; her sister, Octavia Lorson of Westbury, N.Y.; 6 grandchildren, Erin O’Malley, Megan Valvano, Thomas O’Neill, Michael O’Malley, Sean O’Neill, and Moss O’Neill as well as 7 great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister Marian Pascuitti.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, from 3 to 5 pm in the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main Street, Oneonta, at which time Pauline’s family will be in attendance.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, visit Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Gathering Friday, February 8, 2019

Pauline O'Neill

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Marianne and Michael Poteet

February 12, 2019

We want to send our most sincere condolences to Tommy and the O'Neill family. We just found out today about Pauline's passing and are so sorry to have missed the gathering on February 8. We will always remember Pauline as a warm, generous soul who always treated us like family, even when she had just met us. She will be remembered for her kindness.

Deniese Valvano

February 7, 2019

When I think of Pauline I think Pauline and Tom who rescued my son in an ice storm in Oneonta almost 4 hours away from us, many years ago before we became family. All I really knew was that these people were Meg and Tom’s grandparents. They didn’t know me but they found Greg and made sure he was safe so I could breathe again. Years later as Meg and Greg were a sure thing, Pauline hosted a dinner for all of us to make sure we knew we were family now. She was probably mid 70’s by now but she pulled it off like a pro. I was in awe of this woman. Her hospitality, her smile, her love of family and her endless devotion to her husband and children and their children was inspirational. I should include her love of cows. They were everywhere. I had to smile and keep smiling every time I ever saw a ceramic cow I thought “Pauline probably has this one”.
I will miss her warmth and her matriarchal position in this family but I will embrace it in Suellen and Brian and Laurie and Matty and their children and their children’s children. Something of us never dies. We pass it on. Ask Dylan. He loves cows! His heart knows her.