Chloe Ann R. O'Neil

September 7, 1943November 15, 2018
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Chloe Ann O’Neil of Parishville, New York died suddenly on the morning of November 15 in Dickinson, New York. She was 75 years old.

Chloe Ann Rene Tehon was born in Watseka, Illinois in 1943 to Stephen Whittier Tehon and Betty Irene Albright. She shared her father’s keen intellect and compassion and her mother’s tenacity and forthrightness. She married John G. A. O’Neil in April of 1966 at Sacred Heart Church in Cicero, New York. Chloe Ann earned both a bachelors and master’s degree from SUNY Potsdam and taught for decades in the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School. The former New York State Assemblywoman and teacher was a volunteer at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, served on the SUNY Canton College Council and College Foundation Board, and was an active community member and civic leader in St. Lawrence County and across the North Country. She is fondly remembered for her strong advocacy, endless dedication to helping others, creativity, and support for North Country artists. Her quilt-making talents have filled our homes with joy and will continue to keep us warm.

Affectionately known as “MomO” by her family and close friends, Chloe Ann is survived by her two children, Beth Ann Rice (Stephen Lavigne), of West Stockholm New York and John A. Stephen O’Neil (Meganne Ross) of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and seven grandchildren: Krisha Ann Elizabeth Rice, Keeley Johanna Rice, Kaleb John “Teddy” Rice, John Ross O’Neil, David Whittier O’Neil, Kathleen Margaret O’Neil, and Hannah Louise O’Neil. Chloe Ann is also survived by her sisters Susan Hane, Rebecca Tehon, Penelope O’Brien, and Candace L. Ardizzone, sister-in-law Myrna E. O’Neil of Ogdensburg, and several nieces and nephews. Chloe Ann was preceded in death by the love of her life, former New York State Assemblyman John G. A. O’Neil, her parents Betty and Stephen Tehon, and sister-in-law, Sr. Janice O’Neil.

Friends will be received at the Garner Funeral Home from 2-7:00 pm on Monday, November 19. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church In Potsdam at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 20. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the John G. A. and Chloe Ann R. O’Neil Endowment at the SUNY Canton College Foundation.


  • John G. A. and Chloe Ann O'Neil Endowment Fund at SUNY Canton


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Trish Duryea

November 19, 2018

I worked with Chloe Ann briefly at the beginning of my career where she gave me some great advice and left a very strong impression. As I saw her through the years at various events she was so impressive. She had turned her tragedy into great strength, and she continued to encourage and help others. She always thought of others first. Her passing is a loss to all who knew her, but the lessons she shared live on. She lived a great life.

Grace Vesper

November 17, 2018

I have known Chloe Ann for many years as we served together on the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board. She will be missed as she was a big asset to that board and SUNY Canton College. I always looked forward to seeing her at Foundation functions and catching up on what she had been doing since we had last chatted. She was such an interesting woman to talk to and so multi talented. Although she was taken from our lives all too soon we will continue to carry her in our hearts. RIP Chloe Ann.

Rosella Todd Valentine

November 17, 2018

I have had the pleasure of being a colleague and friend of Chloe Ann for many years as we both served as long-time College Foundation board members at SUNY-Canton. Chloe Ann was the consummate professional and she gave her all to every cause she worked for. We can all learn from Chloe Ann's dedication, enthusiasm, caring, and her desire to always do the right thing. I'll miss her infectious laugh and her marvelous sense of humor.

Her tragic death is a huge loss to SUNY-Canton and the North Country community.

Rosella Todd Valentine
Leesburg, Florida

Jim Seybert

November 17, 2018

It was my privilege to know Chloe Ann as a friend and professional colleague during the years in which I taught in the Parishville-Hopkinton schools. Chloe was my older daughter's sixth-grade teacher, and she still remembers her warm and caring personality. Our family fondly remembers the times that we were able to visit with her and John in their home in the hills south of Parishville. We grieve with all of Chloe's family and friends but rejoice that she is now with the Lord who she served so well all of her life. God's shalom to all who read this.

Sarah Roda Delahanty

November 16, 2018

Chloe Ann was a wonderful friend and we will miss her dearly. We think of her every Christmas with her holiday table runner and the Christmas tree napkins she made with Kiera one summer at the lake. Chloe Ann was always one of the first that we chatted with when home in the north country or visiting in Hilton Head. Much love to the O’Neil family and many thanks for sharing Chloe Ann with us.