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ONEIL, Margaret (Roach)

O'NEIL - Margaret (nee Roach) A longtime WNY resident, died Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Florida, at age 83. Peg was born in Astoria, NY to Dr. Norman J. Helen (Cooke) Roach; the family soon relocated to Norman Street in South Buffalo. Dr. Roach opened his optometric practice on Seneca Street. Peg attended Mount Mercy Academy and Rosary Hill College. After graduation, Peg married Richard O'Neil a Canisus graduate and a CPA. The Korean War soon intervened and Dick enlisted as a Lieutenant and was posted to Wurzburg, Germany and then Beaugency, France where Peg worked for the Army as well. Upon returning to WNY, the first son, John was born followed soon by James and Matthew. The family relocated to West Seneca. Peg taught briefly in the West Seneca School District and Dick was made president of Bryant and Stratton. The O'Neils relocated to Elma and Dick joined C. H. Heist in Buffalo as Vice President and Treasurer. Heist executive offices moved to North Carolina in the mid-1970's and then to Clearwater, Florida. After retirement, Peg and Dick remained in Florida although still Buffalonians at heart. Peg's son John died in 1996. Dick died in 2002. Peg remained a steadfast Buffalo Bills Fan and was delighted by the Pegula's commitment to keep the team local. Rhodes Funeral Directors in Clearwater is in charge of arrangements.

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