Irene O’Neill

Jan. 17, 1932 - March 10, 2015

Irene M. O’Neill enjoyed spending time at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, decorating, and entertaining friends, family, and guests at her bed-and-breakfast.

“She was out in the Hamptons for 20-plus years, and absolutely loved it there,” said her daughter Eileen O’Neill of Brooklyn. “She was really part of the community.”

Ms. O’Neill, a native of Liverpool, England, who moved to the South Fork over 20 years ago, died at home on Old Stone Highway in Springs on March 10. She was 83 and had cancer for the last two years.

Ms. O’Neill was born on Jan. 17, 1932, to William Kelly and the former Winifred Jennings. She attended La Sagesse, a school of the Daughters of Wisdom Catholic congregation, before moving to the United States at age 21 to work as a nanny. On May 5, 1956, she married Richard O’Neill, whom she met at a church picnic. Settling in Verona, N.J., she and Mr. O’Neill, who survives, raised five children there before moving here.

On the South Fork, Ms. O’Neill worked for Tina Fredericks Realty, first as a bookkeeper and later as an agent and broker. She belonged to the British and Commonwealth Women’s Club, a social organization for expatriates.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Ms. O’Neill is survived by three sons, James O’Neill of Bloomingdale, N.J., Richard O’Neill of Cedar Grove, N.J., and Michael O’Neill of Newton, N.J., and a second daughter, Patricia Merwin of Verona, N.J. Ten grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews also survive, as do her brothers Joseph Kelly of Liverpool and William Kelly of Manchester, England. Two other brothers, Michael and Thomas Kelly, died before her.

A service is scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton, where she was a member. Msgr. Donald Hanson will officiate. Burial will be private.

The family has suggested memorial contributions in honor of Ms. O’Neill’s late brother Michael to the Arc of Essex County, which provides comprehensive services and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, at 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston, N.J. 07039-1005, or