September 2, 1927 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 93)


Doloris  (Nagel)  “Tess” O’Neill, age 93 of Henderson, Minnesota died on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at the Comfort First Residence in LeSueur.   Due to Covid restrictions, Private family services will be held at the Kolden Funeral Home in LeSueur on Thursday, October 8, 2020 with interment in the Brown Cemetery, Henderson, Minnesota.

 She was born on September 2, 1927 in Glencoe, Minnesota to William and Augusta (Diehn) Tessmer. She graduated from Arlington High School in 1946.   Tess loved to attend dances and often reminisced about good times she had with friends.   In 1948 she married Frederick “Bud” W. Nagel, Jr..  They had 10 children before Fred’s sudden death in 1975.  Tess continued to raise her children alone until she married Robert “Bud” O’Neill in 1985.  She worked various jobs throughout her life including Green Giant, waitressing, ADC, Coachlight Inn and Wagar’s Red Owl.  She was a member of Centennial Lutheran Church in Henderson and later Peace Lutheran in Arlington.

Tess enjoyed reading, visiting with family and friends, gardening, furniture refinishing, music, collecting antiques and watching her favorite Minnesota teams.  Her sense of humor was one of a kind, always with a laugh, smile and gleam in her eye.

Tess is survived by her children, Jane (Bob) Hoen, Norwood-Young America, Joe (Ruby) Nagel, Henderson, Wendy Weckworth, Arlington,  Tom Nagel, Minneapolis, Steve Nagel, Gaylord, Brian Nagel, Henderson, Tracey (Mike) Spellman, Henderson, and Tony Nagel, Henderson; son-in-law, Ron Neary, St. Peter; 13 grandchildren, Dan (Deb) Hoen, Tom (Ann) Hoen, Sarah (Adam) Cowell,  Matt (sp. friend, Shawna) Nagel,  Troy (Kari) Koester,  Kristin (Matt) Graham, Kirby (Jamie) Weckworth, Anna (Nick) Willmsen, Erin Neary, Cory Nagel, Alec (sp. friend, Samantha) Spellman,  Joshua (sp. friend, Devin) Spellman, Drew (sp. friend, Aryanna) Spellman; 22 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands; son, Gary; daughter, Sally Neary; 1 brother; and 3 sisters.

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