Rebecca (Beckie) Jane O’Neil Malyj, 81, passed away peacefully September 6, 2018 at Geneva General Hospital surrounded by her family and friends.
Friends and family may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday (September 11) at McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home 45 High St., Geneva. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 12) at the funeral home, officiated by Father Thomas P. Mull, burial will be immediately following at Glenwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Beverly Animal Shelter in Waterloo, N.Y.
Rebecca was born September 20, 1936 in Geneva, N.Y. to the late Oscar & Ruth (Laws) O’Neil. Beckie graduated from Geneva Schools and was first employed by S S Kresgie’s as a fountain girl and later at Sterns Nursery. She married Dmytro (Jim) Malyj on September 3, 1960. While raising 2 sons she assisted with the operation of Malyj Poultry Farm throughout the 1960’s. She was later employed by Geneva Harley Davidson and Malyj Auto Service, retiring from there at the age of 80. During her lifetime she and Jim traveled to Venezuela, Hawaii, St. Maarten & Jamaica. She enjoyed baking cookies which were supplied, in abundance, to staff & customers for both businesses over many years.
She is survived by sons James (Kathy Mastellar), Alan (Anna); brothers George O’Neil and Jim (Sue) O’Neil; brother-in-law & business partner, John (Olga) Malyj; niece, Kathy (David) Prelack and sister-in-law, Olga Zinchenko. She is also survived by special nieces Mary Ruth (Dan) Ryan and Aimee (Ben) Marin (whom assisted with her recent care needs) as well as many other equally special nieces & nephews who hail from every corner of the United States. She will also be sadly missed by many life long friends who were very special to her. She will also be sadly missed by her cat, Char.
A very special thanks go to her “adopted grandson” Mike Ellis and also Mary Perry for helping her and her family throughout her recent illnesses.
Besides her parents she was predeceased husband, Dmytro in 2010, sisters Mary O’Neil Meaden, Marjorie O’Neil Streppa; brother, William O’Neil; sister-in-law, Helen Shabotynskyj and nephew, Peter Malyj.