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Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill, age 88, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:00 a.m., on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Luther Manor, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Beatie's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Beatie's life, family and friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Beatie was born on September 29, 1929, in Galena, Illinois, daughter of Phillip "Bud" and Hilda (Martin) Greibe.

Beatie grew up in Galena and was fortunate enough to eventually find the love of her life, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill, right in her own backyard. The loving couple was soon united in marriage and they were truly blessed with 37 wonderful years together, and 2 deeply adored children, before he was sadly called home ahead of her, much to soon, on March 8, 1987. She and Ebbie would almost immediately move across the river to Dubuque and begin their family. Beatie diligently invested many years working outside of the home with Court Reporting Services, before finally moving on to Carlisle Publishing, as a proofreader, until her well earned retirement. In her free time, Beatie could usually be found tending to her beautiful yard and bountiful gardens, enjoying a relaxing walk, or curling up in a comfortable chair with her favorite book of the day. But, without a doubt, Beatie's favorite times where definitely the opportunities she was able to spend with her family. She, and the family, always looked forward to their yearly vacations in Sayner, Wisconsin, where they were definitely guaranteed to spend some quality time together in the cabin, with an abundance of great memories to be taken away by all. Our hearts ache today at the mere thought that we will not be spending this Christmas with our dear mom, grandma, sister and friend; but we accept that a cure was not to be and discover peace in knowing that she will be spending Christmas with Ebbie, and the rest of her heavenly family, once again this year. Thank you very much Beatie for all of the love you shared, and for the open honesty you never hid, along your 88 year earthly journey, and please know that we'll treasure every memory you leave behind until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Beatie's memory include

her 2 children,
Susan Kay Bahr, Dubuque, IA
and Steve (Anne) O'Neill, Palm Springs, CA;

her 3 grandchildren,
Kelly (Chris) Lehnhoff, East Dubuque, IL,
Josh (Jen) O'Neill, Lakeville, MN
and Jake (Katie) O'Neill, Farmington, MN;

her 4 great-grandchildren,
Hannah, Courtney and Payton Lehnhoff and Clayton O'Neill;

her siblings,
Phillip (Craig Divine) Greibe, Palm Springs, CA,
John Greibe, Galena, IL
and Darlene Ray, Galena, IL;

and many nieces and nephews.

Beatie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edmund "Ebbie" O'Neill; and her siblings, Susan Grossbier, Lucille Fleming, Pauline Lake, and Billie Greibe in infancy; and 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Ray and Tom Fleming.

A Beatrice M. "Beatie" O'Neill memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Beatie's family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Luther Manor, and Hospice of Dubuque, for all of the kind, professional and compassionate care they have provided to Beatie, and her family.