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Julie V. O'Neill (Vogt)

Julie V. O’Neill of Dublin, PA left us on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, following an illness that was probably lengthier than she ever let anyone know about.   She just turned 89 on May 2.   She was lovingly cared for at home by her husband, Joseph O’Neill (Joe), who she dearly loved in return for the past 53 years.  

Julie and Joe are the “Yours, Mine & Ours” parents of 13 children – she had 5, he had 6 and they had 2 together.  They feel blessed with 29 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, 11 sons & daughters-in-law.  

Even with so many at home, Julie loved to celebrate every birthday and every holiday with as many family members as possible.   Christmas always saw a mountain of small packages (all wrapped!) under the tree.  All-time favorite St. Patrick’s Day required music, dancing and every food being colored green.   If it was your birthday, she made sure it was your special day.   She loved occasions so much, she managed to make every day an occasion.  Music and candles at dinner were regular must-haves.   

Julie was one of the famous Vogt triplet girls from Lansdowne, PA.   Avid tennis players, devoted to each other, there are hilarious stories of what Julie, Judy and Jean Vogt would do when the 3 of them were together.   Julie also had 3 brothers, Larry, Dave & Michael Vogt who were often given the task of watching out for the triplets.   When her brothers and sister Jean predeceased her, she missed them terribly. 

Julie became a young widow in Germany, when her husband James Jenkins, Jr, (Jim) an Army pilot died testing aircraft while stationed there.   The whole Jenkins family remained a steady part of Julie’s life, even as she married Joe O’Neill 7 years later.  Joe was also an Army pilot who sadly lost his first wife, who Julie had a close connection with.  

After they married in 1969, Julie moved to Okinawa with Joe, where he was stationed with the Army at the time.  Their story together began with 11 children between ages of 12 and 2.   Their favorite song became “To Dream the Impossible Dream”.   Both Julie and Joe held a deep Catholic faith together.  When it didn’t seem possible to keep it all together, they kept the faith, kept going no matter what.  

Julie was a devoted patriot.  She was proud to be an “Army wife”.  She cared about all branches of the military, but she invariably rooted for “Army” to win in the Army-Navy game every year.   Although she was married to 2 Army pilots, she really wasn’t crazy about flying anywhere.

If she hadn’t met you yet, she wanted to meet you.  Then next, she would want to introduce you to whoever was with her.  Julie would strike up a conversation with anyone just about anywhere.  Optimistic, enthusiastic, she loved to have fun.   She had a mischievous sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes on April’s Fools Day (she always got us too).    She loved music, she loved to dance, she looked for ways to make you laugh and smile.  

Julie will be unbearably missed by her husband Joe, her children, Kathie Melsky (John), Julie Waters (Pete), Anna Ruegner (Gary), Ann J. Enger, Mike O’Neill (Erica), Patrick O’Neill (Marcia), Molly Waltman (Lee), Jim O’Neill (MaryBeth), Peggy O’Neill-Hull (Dan), Martha Wisniewski (Jim), Joseph O’Neill, Amy Marin (Mauricio), Mark O’Neill (Tracey), and so many terrific grandchildren and adorable great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved to see and hear about.   Julie reluctantly leaves her triplet sister Judith McGarrity of Drexel Hill, her brother-in-law & sister-in-laws, Joann Vogt, Sr. Ginger Jenkins, Kathy New, John & Jan Jenkins, along with so many wonderful nieces and nephews, not a single one would she would wish to forget.   She has so many dear friends and neighbors who she loves, it’s possible we would overlook someone she would want us to include.  No one is forgotten, she would want us to hug you too.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Friday, July 1, 2022 from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 100 Broad Street, Hilltown, with the funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers donations in Julie’s name can be made to Doylestown Health Hospice,    https://doylestownhealthfoundation.org/ways-to-give/        

Julie herself would wish for you to go shopping at Nova, in Dublin, PA and find a great deal.  Then go out to lunch, preferably with a table outside on the patio and possibly have a glass of chardonnay.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Friday, July 1st, 2022
    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
    100 Broad Street
    Hilltown, PA 18927

  • Service

    Friday, July 1st, 2022
    11:00 AM

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
    100 Broad Street
    Hilltown, PA 18927

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