Maureen Tobin O’Neill

She had to leave us far too soon at the age of 59. Beloved wife of John Sr. for over 37 years.  Devoted mother of John Jr. for over 27 years. 

Maureen was a proud Cumberland School, Whitefish Bay Middle School, Eagle Scout, Marquette High and Fordham Mom.  Her love of the outdoors was expressed by regular visits to Door County in particular and Wisconsin’s State Parks in general.  

Her son’s passion for cities was fueled by her meticulously planned road trips to urban centers throughout Canada and the United States. She loved the fact that her adventurous, passionate and ever constant son was challenged and fulfilled by his work as a City Planner for the City of New York.

Maureen was born and raised in San Francisco as the daughter of the late Lawrence F. and Mary A. Tobin.  She graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism after serving as the Photo Editor of the Marquette Tribune and the Marquette Yearbook. The first sight of her taking photographs at a Leo Kottke Concert at the Varsity Theater on campus sent a jolt of electricity through John and thus began a 39 year adventure together.  Her artistry and intelligence live on in the son that she so adored. 

Maureen is preceded in death by her Maine Coon Cat Rosalita and her rescued Yellow Labrador Retrievers Coach John Cooper and Cornelius. She is survived by her mischievous Yellow Lab puppy Copernicus who is currently working overtime to console John Sr. and John Jr. 

Her journey in this life has been completed. She gave her all. She is now at peace.

Family and friends will be notified of a Celebration of Maureen’s life which will scheduled for this Spring in Milwaukee. 

Messages for the family

  • Beautiful message John and John. You captured her gifts so well. I lost a sister this week, and Steven lost a fellow artist and Ryan and Rose lost a Mom. Thankfully Maureen’s wit, brilliance, kindness and humor will sustain us for a long time. As you know, we had a long lovely conversation on Christmas night. She was so pleased with her Christmas dinner and visit with John and Bengy. She was so proud of you John and your career in New York and she was looking forward to seeing you the next day.

    You and your extended family are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to celebrating Maureen at the service this spring. AMDG. Mary-Liz xxo