Rosalie A. O’Neill

Rosalie A. O’Neill (née Diola) passed away in Lafayette on May 20, 2020, due to chronic health conditions unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rosalie is survived by her loving sons, Michael and Kelly; grandchildren: Anabelle, Jack and William; siblings: Ricardo, Glorya, Thomas, John and Donald; niece Theresa and nephews: Douglas, David, Jason, Kevin, Jeremy, Patrick and Evan; and many more loving family members and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Julio and Mary Jane, and brothers Robert and David.
Rosalie was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and raised in Alameda in a large family of eight children. She graduated from Alameda High School in 1964, where she was on the tennis team. She went on to raise her two children in Lafayette with then-husband Michael. She spent a long career as an administrative assistant at Rossmoor, starting in 1979 and retiring in 2017. 

Rosalie was a private person who preferred listening to others rather than talking about herself. She was well known for her seemingly endless thoughtfulness and generosity. She was a loving and doting grandma who loved to spoil her grandbabies and found it hard to say no to them. Rosalie was a foodie and loved to cook, bake and eat great food — inspiring her son Kelly to pursue a career in culinary arts. When she truly loved a dish she would say it was “dee-vine!”.

She loved spending time with her family and would make frequent visits (Tom Jones or Rod Stewart blasting from her car stereo as she arrived) and would cook big holiday meals at the family home in Alameda. She loved bold colors like purple, orange and lime green; watching movies and PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre; going to museums and concerts with Glorya; wearing her pearls, colorful scarves and big jewelry; watching professional tennis; and traveling and exploring California and beyond with her family. Rosalie’s Catholic faith remained strong throughout her life.

Rosalie leaves an enormous hole in all of our lives and will be missed beyond words. 

Rosalie was buried near her parents and brother Robert at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, where the family honored her in a private gathering.