Janet O’Neill

Janet O’Neill, 70, of Topeka, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019.

She was born in Topeka on August 23, 1948, the first of three daughters to John and Wilma O’Neill. She was a 1967 graduate of Topeka High School and worked for over 40 years at Jostens. She loved her pets, never turning away a stray and even building an outdoor shelter for cats too timid to come into her home. She became close to many of her coworkers, forming life-long friendships; and her “neighborhood family,” who were fond of her loving spirit and giving nature. She and her sisters had a friendship only sisters could know, and the bonds she shared with her nephew, niece, great-niece, and cousins were everything to her.

Janet was very proud of her Irish heritage and visited Ireland as a young woman. She remembered going to a small town and singing Irish folk songs in a pub, likely drinking Coke at the time as she would never touch alcohol. She also loved the Christmas holiday and once collected Santa Clause figurines, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends, playing games such as International Rummy.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her sisters JoAnn O’Neill and Patty Winslow (Joe), nephew Justin Rocha (Lonna), great-niece Annika Rocha–who she cherished deeply, and numerous cousins.

Honoring Janet’s request, she will be cremated and no memorial services are planned. A gathering of family and friends will take place on February 15th at 11:00 at the Garden Chapel of the Historic Topeka Cemetery, 1601 SE 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS, and a Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Sending loVe and prayers…..
    I have known Janet since the 70’s thru Jostens. I remember her first diagnosis with breast cancer, and how brave she was. I loVed talking to her about all rings, diamonds, precious gems…& of course her leather purses! We went together to the mall to pick out a mounting for a diamond I inherited from my Dad…. she had so much valuable knowledge about stones, settings etc…I will miss her bravery, courage, and wisdom…. I know she is free from pain in the arms of Jesus….. God bless her family….

  2. Dear JoAnn and Patty, so sorry to hear of Janet’s passing and your loss. I know that you girls were all very close and Janet will be missed. I also know she was a great blessing to your family, especially to Justin.
    Our God is loving and merciful and you can be assured that HE has a special place for Janet. Peace be with you, love Connie Zeller Townsend & family

  3. To Janet’s family, my condolences and prayers to all.

    Janet was one of my best friends at Jostens.
    We use to have alot of good times in the old days.
    Sometimes we would do ornery things but we had fun.

    She was a true friend would always stick by you.
    She loved to argue with different people and I can tell you she always won the battle.
    She absolutely loved the Camera depts. Pot luck dinners they were the best.
    She loved Christmas time so much, it made her so happy. She had collected so many Santa Claus figurines.
    She use to love to go shopping buying her purses, diamonds and jackets that girl could shop too..

    She always kept her faith.

    Always called her every 2 weeks this last year to check on her she always tried to sound so positive
    and tell me shes ready for the next journey.

    She will be so missed by me.

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