, Salem, MA

August 17, 2013

Helen (Alexuk) O'Neil, 88

Peabody, MA — Helen (Alexuk) O’Neil, 88, of Peabody, died Friday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a short illness. She was the wife of the late John O’Neil and the late William Cavanagh.

She was born in Peabody on September 29, 1924, the daughter of the late Michael and Pauline (Soloduk) Alexuk and had resided here all her life. She was a graduate of Peabody High School.

She had worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. Government while her husband was in the Service. Later Helen had been employed as an executive secretary at the former Sylvania Lighting Company in Salem for many years. She later worked at Verizon Phone as a sales associate. While working at Sylvania, she was a member of the Sylvania Bowling League. In her later years she enjoyed playing Solitaire on her computer. She very much enjoyed her family and cherished the name “GG” from her great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Lesley and Ronald Williams of Peabody; her grandchildren, William and his wife, Janet, and Shannon Murphy Barnes and her husband, Raymond, all of Peabody; her great-grandchildren, Connor and Evan Murphy, Joseph and Ray Barnes and Alexandria and Julia Barnes; her siblings, Howard Alexuk of R.I., Lillian Lawson of Olympia, Wash., Marion March of Lombard, Ill., and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Michael and John Alexuk, Sylvia Bozek and Alice Ratican.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. Her funeral service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 in her memory. For guest book and directions, visit