Sister Judith O’Neill, O.S.F., 84, died June 29 in Assisi House in Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years.

Sister Judith (formerly Marie Veronica O’Neill) was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of St. Benedict Parish and a graduate of Little Flower High School. She entered the congregation in 1949 and professed her first vows in 1952. Sister Judith earned a B.A. in English from Mount St. Mary University and an M.A. in education from the University of Delaware.

She ministered primarily in education on the elementary, secondary and college levels.


Sister Judith ministered for 20 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at Neumann University from 1994-2002 and after a sabbatical returned there as a faculty adviser until 2013.

From 1994 to 1996 she lived at the AIDS Baby House in Philadelphia and helped care for the children. She became a resident of Assisi House in 2014 and served in prayer ministry until her death.

Sister Judith also taught for 30 years in schools of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, for nine years in the Diocese of Wilmington and four years in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Funeral services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road in Aston, on Tuesday, July 7.  A viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 11. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

Sister Judith is survived by two sisters, Mary Eigner and Sara Pasquarello; a brother, Hugh O’Neill, her nieces and nephews, and by her Franciscan family.