Sister Frances O’Neill, PBVM
On August 25, 2015 Sister Frances O’Neill, PBVM, entered into eternal life at Aneta Parkview Health Center, Aneta, ND after a lingering illness.
Sister Frances was born to Brigid Shanahan and John O’Neill in Limerick, Ireland on September 26, 1933. She attended elementary and secondary schools in Limerick.
Sister Frances entered the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fargo, ND in September, 1950 and made perpetual vows in August, 1956.
Sister Frances received her educational degrees from St. Teresa’s College in Winona, MN and St. Scholastica’s College in Duluth, MN. For 10 years she taught elementary schools in Fargo and for the next 17 years in secondary education at St. Alphonsus School, Langdon, ND, Shanley High School, Fargo, ND, and St. Edmund Rice High School, Fort Dodge, IA.
In 1981, Sister Frances began her ministry to the people of Appalachia serving at St. Boniface Parish in Jellico, TN where she started the Jellico Learning Center to provide preschool education and tutoring programs for the area children. She also serviced in the Knoxville Diocese at the Seton Thrift Store in Harriman, TN. In November of 2001 she moved to Poplar Bluff, MO and ministered to the homebound, sick and elderly in that area. In 1987-88, she served as CEO of Riverview Place in Fargo. Sister Frances was also co-founder of Presentation Partners in Housing.
Sister Frances has served as President of the Presentation of the Fargo Presentation Sisters from 2005 to 2009. Previous to this, she served as a member of the Congregational Council for four years.
Sister Frances is survived by members of her religious community, two sisters, Tessie and Chrissie of London, England, as well as several nieces and nephews living in England and Ireland. She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.
There will be a visitation Thursday evening, August 27 from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, followed by a wake service at 7:00 PM. The funeral will be Friday, August 28 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Convent, 1101 32nd Avenue South, Fargo.