A native born Savannahian, Kitty always felt blessed to grow up in such a beautiful city with extended family and childhood friends nearby. She was proud to be a 1960 graduate of Hershel V. Jenkins High School and Memorial Medical Center School of Nursing. As an adult, she graduated Armstrong Atlantic College graduating Magna Cum Laude.
In 1964 she married her teenage sweetheart, Johnny O'Neil, and they moved to live in Atlanta as he finished Georgia Tech and she worked at Crawford Long Hospital. For the next five years they lived in many cities throughout North Carolina following job advancements. Finally, in 1970 she returned to her Savannah home, family, friends and her beloved Memorial Hospital, where she continued to work for the next 45 years.
As a certified Oncology Nurse, over 30 of those years she was caring for cancer patients and their families. For her it was not a job but a calling and a gift, which she felt blessed to have been given. She was proud of her Nursing profession and was a founding member and past president of the Southeast Georgia Oncology Nursing Society. She also served on the Savannah and State Boards of the American Cancer Society. For her advocacy and leadership in developing services for cancer patients, she was recognized by receiving Memorial Hospital’s Humanitarian Award and by The American Cancer Society Georgia Service and Rehabilitation Award.
Her faith was the foundation for her life. She was Baptized and Confirmed in Grace Methodist Church and was an active member of that church for 40 years, later transferring membership to The Isle of Hope United Methodist Church. Believing that Christian faith and witness was more than the church you attended, she often joined her husband and sons in their worship at St James and Blessed Sacrament Catholic Churches.
Her greatest pleasures came from enjoying the active life that came with having three sons. Enjoying the many school and sports activities; planning special summer vacations; and spending time on the water at the family Pine Harbor Home. Their friends felt so at home and loved that they affectionately called her "mom".
God blessed and strengthened her during her illness through the Love of her many Christian friends.
Kitty is survived by husband John A. O’Neil, Jr. and preceded in death by: parents, Richard F. Zittrouer, Sr. and Frosine Shuman Zittrouer. brother, Richard F. Zittrouer, Jr.
Survived by sons: John (Jack) A. O'Neil, III; Kevin C. O'Neil, daughter-in-law Megan M. O’Neil; Patrick S. O'Neil daughter-in-law Kindall S. O'Neil; granddaughters Jaclyn C. O'Neil, Anna Kate O’Neil; grandsons Mason A. O'Neil and Callan C. O'Neil; Sister, Kaye Z. Hill (Garry) and sister in laws; Faye V. Zittrouer, Sherry O'Neil Armentor (Ned) and Connie O'Neil Shoemaker. Many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The O’Neil family is forever grateful for the loving care of Felisha Foreman and Rebecca Cope.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 24th from 5-7 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Isle of Hope United Methodist Church, Saturday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of funeral flowers Kitty requests flowers for others to brighten their day.
Keeping the O'Neil, Zittrouer familes and all whose lives Kitty touched in though and prayer. Deep peace and love I send to you and yours.
- Kelly Kilpatrick Hunt, Savannah, Georgia
Kitty was a wonderful woman. We worked together at Memorial back in the 70’s. We quickly became friends. We were in the same circle at church and I always enjoyed spending time with her. My prayers for your family.
- Nancy Montford, Savannah, Georgia
- Claire D Evans, Savannah, GA
She was a wonderful nurse and a fantastic person!
- John West, Savannah, Ga
Dear Kevin, Jack, and Patrick: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families during this time and as you move forward.
- Kathleen Mahoney Taylor, Savannah, GA
O’Neil boys, Carolyn and I were sorry to see that your mom has passed away. I met Kitty when she was in nursing school at one of their parties. She was a beautiful on the inside as she was out. God be with you all during this sad time.
- Bob White, Greensboro , Ga
Kitty was a wonderful friend and nurse mentor to me. She touched many lives throughout her nursing career and has left a special legacy of kindness, compassion, and professionalism. What a true Southern Lady!
- Vivian J Palefsky, Savannah, Georgia
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Fri, September 24, 2021
- Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (map)
Savannah GA 31406
- Celebration of Life
- 11:00 a.m. on Sat, September 25, 2021
- Isle of Hope United Methodist Church
412 Parkersburg Road (map)
Savannah GA 31406