Ms. O’Neil was a talented artist, especially when it came to designing and knitting beautiful winter hats, which became an at home business that kept her busy for years evolving into what came to be called, “Kathleen Knits.” Ms. O’Neil enjoyed wind, and water, becoming quite proficient at windsurfing and later sailboat sailing on her favorite Lake Champlain. Ms. O’Neil was an avid lifelong skier, and enjoyed teaching at Sugarbush for a number of seasons. Skiing was her “therapy.”
Ms. O’Neil was a strong, devoted, caring mother, and raised two beautiful children in Bristol.
She is survived by her partner and loving soulmate Brook Weston; her children, Katchen and Quinn McElwain, of Burlington; her sister Maureen “Tyke” O’Neil, and niece, Jaime O’Neil, both from Woodford, and Tyler “Hobey” Weston, of Bend, OR; her “bestie” friends, Kyoko, Debbie, Lesley, and Mary Ann; her beloved guard cat Nellie; and so very many other special people in her life.
Ms. O’Neil was loved for her kindness, generosity, great food, and humor. And most of all her infectious smile. Ms. O’Neil will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved her.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to her local nonprofit, Global Health Media Project, 30 Common Road, Waitsfield, VT. 05673. Visit globalhealthmedia.org to donate.