Hildegarde (Brunn) O’Neil, 97

Obit  - Brunn, ONeilHildegarde Brunn of Foley died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Foley Nursing Home in Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Aug. 26. Interment was at the St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Foreston.

Hildegarde Marie Brunn was born Aug. 22, 1916, to Alexander Brunn and Mary Ann (Biederman) in Gilmanton Township. After celebrating her 97th birthday with family, she died at the Foley Nursing Center, with her hospice volunteer at her side. She graduated from Foley High School in 1934 and helped families with domestic and child care before joining the Navy (WAVES) during World War II. There she achieved the rank of Pharmacists Mate Second Class and served as an operating room technician in hospitals and dispensaries in Cherry Point, N.C., Bainbridge, Md. and Edenton, N.C. until her honorable discharge Nov. 23, 1945. On April 24, 1946, she married William B. O’Neil, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Foreston. They made their home and raised their six children in Foreston. In later years, she lived at Heritage Apartments, Foley, Riverside Assisted Living, Royalton and Foley Nursing Center, Foley. She was active in Foreston Mothers’ Club, Christian Mothers, parish council, was a 4-H leader, CCD teacher, did housework for pastors, and was a member of Foreston Senior Citizens, election board, Crosier Apostolate and American Legion of Foley.

She is survived by her children and spouses, Basil (Shirley) O’Neil of Ramsey, Patrick (Annette) O’Neil of St. Cloud, Mary (Kevin) Hemmesch of Sauk Rapids, Colleen (Ronald) Woods of Cold Spring, Cecilia (Anthony) Krystosek of Royalton and Beverly (James) Olson of Kimball; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and seven stepgreatgrandchildren; sister Margaret Roehl of Milaca and brother, James Brunn, Great Falls, Mont., and numerous other relatives and Godchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, Oct. 26, 2001, parents; sisters Agnes Baron, Clara Cadwell, Amelia Kolbinger, Laura Freecheck, Catherine Roehl, Mary Tittle; brothers, Benedict, Francis and Leo Brunn, and an infant son, September 1960.

A special thanks to Heritage of Foley, Riverside Assisted Living, 100 Wing at Foley Nursing Center, and Heartland Hospice for their loving care .

Memorials are preferred.