Jul 28, 2014

Obituary: Katie Rose O'Neill, 19, of Fairfield

Katie and her mother were killed Monday in a fire at their home on Crane Street.

Obituary: Katie Rose O'Neill, 19, of Fairfield
Katherine (Katie) Rose O'Neill, 19, of Fairfield, beloved daughter of Paul X. O'Neill and the late Maureen Gerrity, passed away tragically along with her mother on March 10, 2014.

Born in Boston, Mass., Katie had been a Fairfield resident for the last 14 years. She was currently in her senior year at Fairfield Warde High School.

Katie was a fun-loving and joyous girl. She loved music and attending all kinds of musicals, especially on Broadway, and also loved watching movies and musicals on TV.

She loved adaptive skiing and won a gold medal in the Special Olympics in that event. She and her dad would often go skiing in New Hampshire, a trip she always delighted in.

Katie was born with Angelman Syndrome and she and her dad would attend many Angelman Syndrome benefits throughout the Northeast, mostly in Massachusetts.

Katie will be so dearly missed by all her loved her. Survivors in addition to her loving father include her step-mother, Brenda O'Neill; a sister, Brigette O'Neill; a grandfather, William Gerrity of Trumbull; aunts, Kitty Robertson and husband Dan of Fairfield, and Lorena O'Neill of Wellington, Fla.; uncles, William Gerrity of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and Peter O'Neill and his wife, Caroline of Boca Raton, Fla.; several cousins, including a dear cousin, Jack Conrad of Stamford.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Catherine Gerrity, and paternal grandparents, Paul X. O'Neill Sr. and Phyllis O'Neill.

Friends may call Thursday, March 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, at St. St. Maria Goretti Church, Lynnfield, Mass. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Katie's memory may be made to the Upper Northeast Angelman Syndrome Foundation ( www.upneangels.com) or the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics ( www.cureangelman.org).

This obituary was published courtesy of the Spear-Miller Funeral Home.

Read her mother's obituary here.

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